November 02, 2017 08:19 AM
The chairman of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) says management of U.S. Bank Stadium is not "broken."
Mike Vekich was responding to concerns about how a security firm that has since been fired was hired in the first place.
"The security is being covered," Vekich testified before the Minnesota House State Government Finance Committee. "I see a new day at U.S. Bank Stadium."
Two local security firms have been hired since Chicago-based Monterrey Security was fired by the MSFA in late September.
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At Wednesday's hearing, lawmakers were told the board did not vote specifically on hiring Monterrey because they were part of a larger contract with SMG, the company that operates U.S. Bank Stadium.
SMG's contract was approved by a vote of the board.
Vekich was not chairman of the MSFA board when that happened.
"Had I been here at the time negotiating those contracts would I have done it that way? I would not have," he said.
Monterrey was hired after a five-month vetting process. But within a year of the stadium opening, Monterrey breached the contract in several ways, according to an MSFA investigation.
It didn't properly train many workers. The company changed job titles for some workers so they wouldn't have to undergo criminal background checks. They also hired several workers with "disqualifying criminal histories."
Rep. Sarah Anderson, R-Plymouth, chair of the House State Government Finance Committee, said she'll propose a bill that would require the MSFA to vote on any contract of over $250,000.
"I think that we need to put some framework in place from the legislative side of things," Anderson said after the hearing. "To say at this dollar figure, you have to have an actual vote. It's (got to) be recorded, it's (got to) be clear there was some discussion by the board."
Anderson said the Monterrey contract was worth more than $4 million.
Updated: November 02, 2017 08:19 AM
Created: November 01, 2017 03:42 PM
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