Recent Cases x Defense Comment Summer 2019 operation of the public body or normal maintenance of its property. A contract is “directly related to the normal operation of a public body” when it has an immediate relationship to the regular way in which the public body functions. The Court concluded that the transportation system within the airport was not related to or necessary for the airport’s normal operations as the airport would continue to function without the system. Further, normal maintenance of the property did not include major repairs exceeding day to day upkeep of the property. Accordingly, the Court held that the “repair” portion of the contract was a public work project to which no exemptions applied and affirmed the district court’s denial of the petition for judicial review. this case continued from page ix