The Franklin County Highway Department has accidentally ordered steel without going out to bid.

Franklin County Highway Administrator Eva Gadcke said $8,000 worth of steel was ordered by her department without seeking bids.

State law requires the county to go out for advertised bids if more than $6,000 is spent with the same company in 90 days.

Gadcke said she regrets the oversight happened and said it was purely a mistake.

The good news, she said, is that the money is going to a local company, Haslag Steel of Washington, that she feels would have been the lowest bidder anyway.

Nothing can be done to correct the situation because the steel has already been cut, she said.

The material will be used to construct a new building in the highway department’s East District to house equipment.

She noted that the original design for the structure was done in 2011. But since then the price of the project had gone up, and Gadcke said she should have gotten a new quote for the project before proceeding.

Price quotes are only good for a certain amount of time because material prices can rise, she said.

Gadcke informed the county commissioners of the mistake in a work session this week.

County Counselor Mark Vincent said not much can be done to correct the problem other than asking for forgiveness and not doing it again.