“ (7) The council shall not be obliged to accept either the lowest or any other of the tenders.
“ (“8) A council member who knowingly, by his vote or otherwise, authorizes or brings about the awarding or signing, without public tenders, of a contract subject to this formality under subsection 1 may be held personally responsible toward the municipality for any loss or damage suffered by it.
“ Proceedings for the recovery of any loss or damage shall be by way of ordinary action. Any ratepayer may exercise this recourse. ”