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471.88 Exceptions.

Subdivision 1. Coverage. The governing body of any port authority, seaway port authority, economic development authority, watershed district, soil and water conservation district, town, school district, hospital district, county, or city, by unanimous vote, may contract for goods or services with an interested officer of the governmental unit in any of the following cases.

Subd. 2. Bank or savings association. In the designation of a bank or savings association in which the officer is interested as an authorized depository for public funds and as a source of borrowing, no restriction shall apply to the deposit or borrowing of any funds or the designation of a depository by such authority or governmental unit in any bank or savings association in which a member of an authority or officer of a governmental unit shall have an interest if such deposited funds are protected in accordance with chapter 118A; provided, however, that any member or officer having such an interest shall disclose that the member is a director or employee of the bank or savings association, which disclosure shall be entered upon the minutes of the authority or governmental unit, such disclosure shall be made when such bank or savings association is first designated as a depository or as a source of borrowing, or when such member or officer is elected whichever is later, and such disclosure shall serve as notice of such interest and need not be made with each successive transaction;

Subd. 3. Official newspaper. The designation of an official newspaper, or publication of official matters therein, in which the officer is interested when it is the only newspaper complying with statutory or charter requirements relating to the designation or publication;

Subd. 4. Cooperative association. A contract with a cooperative association of which the officer is a shareholder or stockholder but not an officer or manager;

Subd. 5. Contract with no bids required. A contract for which competitive bids are not required by law.

Subd. 6. Contract with volunteer fire department. A contract with a volunteer fire department for the payment of compensation to its members or for the payment of retirement benefits to these members;

Subd. 7. Contract with municipal band. A contract with a municipal band for the payment of compensation to its members;

Subd. 8. Repealed, 1992 c 380 s 8

Subd. 9. Import, export, trade; port commissioner. When a port authority commissioner or economic development authority commissioner is engaged in or employed by a firm engaged in the business of importing or exporting or general trade, it shall be lawful for the authority to do business with the commissioner or the commissioner's employer provided that in the fixing of any rates affecting shippers or users of the terminal facility, said commissioner shall not vote thereon.

Subd. 10. Import, export, trade; seaway port. When a seaway port authority commissioner is engaged in or employed by a firm engaged in the business of importing or exporting or general trade, it shall be lawful for the authority to do business with the commissioner or the commissioner's employer provided that in the fixing of any rates affecting shippers or users of the terminal facility, said commissioner shall not take part in the determination of, except to testify, nor vote thereon.

Subd. 11. Bank loans or trust services. When a commissioner of any public housing, port authority, or economic development authority is employed by a bank engaged in making loans or performing trust services involving real or personal property affected by any plan or such housing or port authority, no restriction shall apply to any such loans made or trust services performed by said bank if the commissioner shall disclose the nature of such loans or trust services of which the commissioner has personal knowledge, which disclosure shall be entered upon the minutes of such authority.

Subd. 12. Population of 1,000 or less. An officer of a government unit may contract with the unit to provide construction materials or services, or both, when the sealed bid process is used and the unit has a population of 1,000 or less according to the last federal census. The officer may not vote on the question of the contract when it comes before the governing body for consideration.

Subd. 13. Rent. A public officer may rent space in a public facility at a rate commensurate with that paid by other members of the public.

Subd. 14. Local development organization. (a) For the purposes of this subdivision:

(1) "local development organization" means a housing and redevelopment authority, economic development authority, community action program, port authority, or private consultant; and

(2) "government unit" has the meaning given in section 471.59, subdivision 1.

(b) When a local development organization administers a loan or grant program for individual property owners within the geographical boundaries of a government unit by an agreement entered into by the government unit and the local development organization, an officer of the government unit may apply for a loan or grant from the local development organization. If an officer applies for a loan or grant, the officer must disclose as part of the official minutes of a public meeting of the governmental unit that the officer has applied for a loan or grant.

Subd. 15. Franchise agreement. When a home rule charter or statutory city and a utility enter into a franchise agreement or a contract for the provision of utility services to the city, a city council member who is an employee of the utility is not precluded from continuing to serve as a city council member during the term of the franchise agreement or contract if the council member abstains from voting on any official action relating to the franchise agreement or contract and discloses the member's reason for the abstention in the official minutes of the council meeting.

Subd. 16. Renumbered 123B.195

Subd. 17. Federal or state grant programs. The governing body may apply for and accept a state or federal grant for housing, community, or economic development in which a public officer may benefit, if the public officer abstains from voting on measures related to the grant.

Subd. 18. Small cities in St. Louis County; certain federal funding programs. If a city with a population of 5,000 or less in St. Louis County administers a loan or grant program with community development block grant funds or federal economic development administration funds for property owners within the geographic boundaries of the city, the city may make a grant or loan from these funds to a public officer of the city who applies, if the public officer first discloses, as part of the official minutes of a meeting of the city, that the public officer has applied for the funds and the public officer abstains from voting on the public officer's application.

Subd. 19. Loan for HRA officer, if disclosed. If a city or county housing and redevelopment authority, or an agency having the powers of a city or county housing and redevelopment authority, administers a loan or grant program with state or federal funds, the authority may make a grant or loan from these funds to a public officer of the authority who applies, if the public officer first discloses, as part of the official minutes of a meeting of the authority, that the public officer has applied for the funds and the public officer abstains from voting on the public officer's application.

Subd. 20. Township supervisor is employee of contractor. A township may enter into a contract governed by section 471.345, even if a township supervisor is an employee of the contractor as long as the supervisor had no role in preparing the contractor's bid or negotiation for the contract with the township. The supervisor is not precluded from continuing to serve as a township official during the term of the contract if the township supervisor abstains from voting on any official action relating to the contract and discloses the supervisor's reason for the abstention in the official minutes of the township meeting.

HIST: 1961 c 651 s 1; 1965 c 806 s 1-4; 1969 c 26 s 1; 1973 c 123 art 5 s 7; 1977 c 55 s 1-3; 1978 c 651 s 1; 1979 c 20 s 1; 1986 c 399 art 2 s 38-40; 1986 c 400 s 38-40; 1986 c 444; 1Sp1986 c 3 art 2 s 41; 1991 c 65 s 1,2; 1992 c 380 s 7; 1992 c 522 s 42,43; 1993 c 224 art 9 s 43; 1996 c 471 art 7 s 18; 1998 c 269 s 1; 2001 c 7 s 90; 2001 c 132 s 1,2; 2002 c 356 s 1; 2003 c 119 s 1; 1Sp2003 c 23 s 27; 2004 c 139 s 1