Chapter 22 PUBLIC WORKS AND IMPROVEMENTS*
Section 22-72 Administrative public improvement process.
(a) Eligible projects. The city
manager may authorize the following public improvement
projects to follow the administrative public improvement process set forth in this section;
provided that, no tax bills will be issued for the project and the project does not require the
exercise of the power of eminent domain:
(1) Construction, upgrade or relocation
of electric distribution lines less than sixty-nine (69)
KV that is estimated to cost less than one million dollars ($1,000,000.00);
(2) Water and electric production
facility expansion projects estimated to cost less than five
hundred thousand dollars ($500,000.00);
(3) Sanitary sewer projects estimated
to cost less than one hundred fifty thousand dollars
(4) Storm water utility public improvement
projects estimated to cost less than one hundred
fifty thousand dollars ($150,000.00);
(5) Any project estimated to cost
less than fifty thousand dollars ($50,000.00).
(b) Interested parties meeting. The
administrative public improvement process shall begin
by appropriate city staff holding at least one meeting with interested parties to explain the basic
concept of the proposed project and receive comments and suggestions. City staff shall make
reasonable efforts to notify those most likely to be interested in or affected by the project, of the
time and place of the interested parties meeting. Staff, when feasible shall attempt to personally
contact by telephone or in person, the owners of property abutting the proposed public
improvement to advise the property owners of the nature of the proposed improvement and the
time and place of the interested parties meeting.
(c) Report to council. If, following
the interested parties meeting, the city manager
determines that the project should follow the administrative public improvement process, the
manager shall report that determination to the city council at a council meeting. The city council
may direct the city manager to follow the standard public improvement process set forth in Sec.
22-71. Unless directed to follow the standard public improvement process, the city manager may
have plans and specification for the improvement prepared.
(d) Authorization to proceed. The
city manager may authorize the purchasing agent to call
for bids and execute a contract for the improvement.
(e) Bidding. The purchasing
agent shall advertise for bids in the same manner as bids for
supplies, material, equipment or services are advertised under chapter 2 of this code. The
advertisement shall advise bidders that the city reserves the rights to reject any and all bids. All
bids shall be accompanied by a certified check or bid bond with corporate surety, satisfactory to
the purchasing agent, for five percent (5%) of the amount of the bid. Bids submitted without
such check or bid bond shall not be considered.
(f) Contract. The purchasing
agent may reject any or all bids or may award the contract to
the bidder that is, in the judgment of the purchasing agent, the lowest and best bidder.
(g) Bonds. The contractor on
a public improvement project costing more than twenty-five
thousand dollars ($25,000.00) shall give to the city performance and payment bonds, with
corporate surety, satisfactory to the purchasing agent, each in an amount not less than the
(h) Acceptance of improvement. When
the improvement has been completed, the city
official charged with responsibility for the improvement shall report to the city manager whether
the work has been completed according to the contract, plans and specifications. Upon
determining that the improvement has been properly completed, the city manager shall accept
and approve the work.
(Code 1964, § 14.370; Ord. No. 20880, § 2, 2-21-11)
Charter reference(s)--Similar provisions, § 74.
(Ord. 20880, Amended, 02/21/2011, Prior Text)