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Council reviews new policy on bids & contracts

Submitted by on April 15, 2010 – 6:05 amNo Comment

The Alpena City Council recently got its first look at a new policy to provide guidelines for the frequency of bids and the length of contracts for services and products.

The policy stems from conversations earlier this year when council learned the City’s garbage pick up contract had not been bid out since 1998.  Council was asked to renew the contract but instead put it out for bid.  The process paid off as the City is now shelling out substantially less for the service.

Councilman Shawn Sexton said the “spirit of the new policy is to remain competitive on contracts.”

For the most part, bids for city services and products will be let once every 4 years.  Services and products that experience high fluctuations from year to year, such as fuel and concrete, will be bid at least once every two years.  Contracts will typically be confined to 3 years with the option for a one-year extension.

Council took no action on the new policy because councilman Mike Nunneley wants language added that ensures all contracts, including those for professional services, are reviewed by council before the bid or renewal processes are initiated.