A lawsuit was filed against St. Paul officials Friday alleging the city erred in how it went about awarding the construction contract for the new Saints baseball stadium in Lowerton, according to The Star Tribune.
The city was sued by The Taxpayers League of Minnesota, as well as Greg Copeland, chairman of the St. Paul GOP City Committee. They say the city violated city ordinances and state statutes by awarding the designing and building contract of the stadium to Ryan Companies of Minneapolis without a competitive bidding process.
The suit argues that the contract is therefore illegal due to this and that work on the ballpark project should come to a halt until the contract can be rebid with a competitive bidding process.
According to plaintiff spokesman Dean Thomson, the suit hopes to ensure "that we have competition so that our tax dollars are spent prudently." He added that since it is still early in the building process that the project can be restarted without much harm done.
In September, St. Paul was awarded $25 million in grant money from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to build the new stadium for the Saints. The city and team will pay the remainder of the project.
The day the announcement of the grant for the project, Ryan Companies was awarded the design-and-build contract. St. Paul attorneys are still reviewing the lawsuit and will comment later in the week.
The ballpark promises at least 248 jobs and bring $10 million a year to the city of St. Paul. It is scheduled to be ready for use in 2015.