Wausau Employee Resigns Following Bird Sculpture Investigation

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

A city of Wausau employee under investigation for allegedly violating state law because he did not accept bids for the Stewart Avenue bird sculpture median beautification project has resigned.

The city said in a press release Thursday, Wausau Public Works and Utilities Director Brad Marquardt resigned from his position. Marquardt had worked for for the city for more than 20 years.

According to the Wausau Daily Herald, the city acted illegally when it failed to apply for wage determinations or seek bids for the project.

In 2013, phase one of the project cost more than $100,000. The city initially budgeted to spend another $220,000 in 2014 to expand the project west of the interstate. However, the plan was put on hold in March.

Marquart had been on leave since Friday.

No other employees are on leave as result of the investigation.

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