Competitive Bidding Procedure
Presentation to City Commission
All sealed competitive solicitations (IFBs, RFPs, & RFQs in excess of $25,000) shall be presented to the City Commission for their consideration prior to advertisement.
Advertisement for Bids Required
Notice of the sealed competitive solicitation shall be advertised in accordance with the requirements of the Florida Statutes, as may be amended from time to time. Formal solicitation notices shall be publicly advertised at least once in a newspaper of general circulation and on the City’ website, and on Bonfire. Vendors registered on Bonfire shall be able to download solicitations directly from the website and shall automatically receive notifications for solicitations that they are registered for.
When deemed necessary by the Chief Procurement Officer, bid deposits or sureties shall be prescribed in the public notice inviting bids. Unsuccessful bidders shall be entitled to return of the deposit or surety where the Chief Procurement Officer has required same. A successful bidder shall forfeit any deposit or surety required by the Chief Procurement Officer upon failure on its part to enter a contract within 15 days after the award.
Sureties on Performance
Pursuant to F.S. § 255.05, for all competitive solicitations for the construction of a public building or public work in excess of $200,000 the Chief Procurement Officer or appropriate staff person shall include as a requirement of such advertised bids a payment and performance bond in the total contract amount. The Chief Procurement Officer, in his or her discretion, may require such payment and performance bonds for bids seeking commodities or services in an amount of $200,000 or less. The City Manager shall have the discretion to waive the performance bond requirement in the event of an undue hardship or emergency. Pursuant to F.S. § 255.05, the city shall not require a contractor to secure a surety bond from a specific agent or bonding company. The requirements of the bonding company such as ratings, shall be determined by the city’s Risk Manager or designee.
Written addenda will be issued when changes, clarification or amendments to the sealed competitive solicitations are deemed necessary.
Bid Opening Procedure
Rejection of Bids
The City Manager and City Commission may reject any bids, parts of all bids or all bids for any one or more commodities or services included in the proposed contract when the public interest will be served thereby.
Default on Payment of Taxes, Licenses or Other Moneys due to the City
The Chief Procurement Officer shall not accept a bid from a contractor who is in default on the payment of taxes licenses or other moneys due the city.
An initial purchase of, or contract for, commodities or services, in excess of $25,000, shall require the approval of the City Commission, regardless of whether the competitive bidding or competitive proposal procedures were followed. Contracts shall be awarded to the lowest responsive, responsible bidder. In determining the “lowest responsive, responsible bidder,” which provides the best value to the city. In determining the “lowest responsive, responsible bidder,” the Chief Procurement Officer shall consider:
Determination & Findings Statement
When the award is not given to the most responsive, responsible bidder, a determination and findings statement shall be prepared by the chief procurement officer and filed with the other papers relating to the transaction.
Prohibition Against Subdivision
No contract of purchase shall be subdivided to avoid the requirements of this section.
Inspection of Bids
Inspection of the City’s formal bids and proposals shall be conducted in accordance with applicable state law, including Florida Statute Chapter 119, as said statutes may be amended from time to time.