Prior to the adoption of Ord. 20880 on 02/21/2011, Section 22-78 read as follows.

    Before letting any contract for making a public improvement, the council shall order the city clerk to advertise for bids for the making of such improvement. Such advertisement shall be published for at least seven (7) consecutive insertions in a daily newspaper of general circulation in the city, and shall state the date, time and place where the bids must be filed, such date to be at least ten (10) days after the date of the first publication, and shall state the date, time and place where such bids will be opened by the city clerk, and shall refer to the plans and specifications on file in the city clerk's office. Such advertisement shall also advise bidders of the method of payment for the improvement and that the council reserves the right to reject any and all bids. However, a failure to state these things shall not render the city liable for any of the cost of the improvement. All bids shall be accompanied by a certified check or bid bond with corporate surety, satisfactory to the city counselor, for five (5) per cent of the amount thereof and, without such check or bid bond, shall not be considered. All bids shall be opened by the city clerk in the chambers where the city council holds its regular meetings, at a time during regular business hours and such ceremony of opening the bids shall always be open to the public. Thereafter, and within a reasonable time, the city manager shall make a recommendation to the city council that the city accept a bid or reject any or all bids, and shall give reasons for such recommendation. In the event there are no bids received or all bids are rejected for any reason, the city council may order the city clerk to advertise for the bids as in the first instance, or may, by ordinance, order and require the city official charged with the responsibility for such improvement under the charter to perform such work, using the city's own departments and employees, in accordance with the plans and specifications adopted therefor and the conditions of the charter and this article. Such city official shall keep an accurate account of the cost of the separate items thereof, and the city shall pay for the labor and material and all other costs of such work out of any funds which they may have on hand available for such purpose; and at the completion of such work (either by contract or by the city, as last provided) shall provide for payment therefor as set forth in the charter, this article, and other ordinances governing public improvements.

(Code 1964, § 14.470)