Chapter 2 ADMINISTRATION*
Section 2-459 Authority of purchasing agent to contract.
(a) Subject to the provisions of this
article, the purchasing agent is authorized to contract for
the purchase of supplies, materials, equipment and services for which appropriated funds are
(b) Subject to the competitive bidding
provisions of this article, when appropriated funds are
available, the purchasing agent is authorized to contract for any project that fits into any of the
(1) Ordinary maintenance of public improvements,
(2) Construction, upgrade or relocation
of electric distribution lines less than sixty-nine (69)
KV that is estimated to cost less than five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000.00) and that does
not require the exercise of the power of eminent domain, and
(3) Construction, upgrade or relocation
of water distribution mains sixteen (16) inches or
less in diameter that is estimated to cost less than one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00)
and that does not require the exercise of the power of eminent domain.
Public improvement projects falling within any of these categories may be contracted
this subsection without following the public improvement process of Chapter 22. However,
special assessment tax bills shall not be issued for any public improvement unless the public
improvement process of Chapter 22 has been followed.
If a project with a cost limitation is bid under this subsection and the bid of the
lowest and best,
responsive and responsible bidder is for more than the authorized amount, the contract may be
entered into only with the specific authorization of the city council.
The total amount of all change orders executed in connection with any contract for capital
public improvements authorized by this article shall not exceed 15% of the contract price without
the written approval of the city manager.
(c) When appropriated funds are available,
the purchasing agent may contract for emergency
work on public improvements and for repairs of public improvements requiring prompt attention
without following the competitive bidding provisions of this article.
(Code 1964, § 2.785; Ord. No. 018178. § 2, 7-19-04; Ord. No. 20880,
§ 1, 2-21-11
(Ord. 20880, Amended, 02/21/2011, Prior Text; Ord. 018178, Amended, 07/19/2004, Prior Text)