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A. Any actual or prospective bidder, offerer, or contractor who is aggrieved in connection with the solicitation or award of a contract may protest to the Village Administrator. A protest with respect to an invitation for bids or request for proposals shall be submitted in writing prior to the opening of bids or the closing date of proposals, unless the aggrieved person did not know and should not have known of the facts giving rise to such protest. The protest shall then be submitted within ten (10) calendar days after such aggrieved person knows or should have known the facts giving rise thereto.
B. In the event of a timely protest under subsection A of this section, the Purchasing Agent shall not proceed further with the solicitation or award of the contract until the Village Administrator makes a determination either on the merits of the protest or that the award of a contract without delay is necessary to protect a substantial interest of the Village. Protesters shall exhaust their administrative remedy prior to initiating judicial remedies. (Ord. 2019-23, 4-18-2019)