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File #: 11967-21    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Ordinance Status: In Committee
File created: 8/20/2021 In control: Committee on Government Reform
On agenda: Final action:
Title: An Ordinance of the County of Allegheny, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, amending the Administrative Code of Allegheny County, Article 903, entitled “Formal Procurement Process,” §5-901.03.02, entitled “Purchases over $30,000,” in order to establish a more transparent process for providing public notice of requests for proposals.
Sponsors: Bethany Hallam, Anita Prizio, Olivia Bennett, Robert Palmosina, Patrick Catena
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An Ordinance of the County of Allegheny, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, amending the Administrative Code of Allegheny County, Article 903, entitled “Formal Procurement Process,” §5-901.03.02, entitled “Purchases over $30,000,” in order to establish a more transparent process for providing public notice of requests for proposals.

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WHEREAS, existing Commonwealth law (specifically the Second Class County Code, 16 P.S. §5001) governs the competitive bidding process within the Counties of the Second Class; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to the terms of 16 P.S. §5001(a), requests for bids on “…all contracts or purchases in excess of the base amount of eighteen thousand five hundred dollars ($18,500)…,” subject to adjustment according to the consumer price index (under the terms of 16 P.S. §3112) and certain delineated exceptions, must be preceded by notice via publication in a newspaper of general circulation within the County; and

WHEREAS, also pursuant to the terms of §5001(a), such public notice is to be accomplished “…at least two (2) times, at intervals of not less than three (3) days where daily newspapers of general circulation are employed for such publication, or in case weekly newspapers are employed, then the notice shall be published once a week for two (2) successive weeks. The first advertisement shall be published not less than ten (10) days prior to the date fixed for the opening of bids.”; and

WHEREAS, the notice requirement and contract threshold are stated differently in §5-903.02.A of the Administrative Code of Allegheny County: “[e]xcept as provided below, all contracts or purchases in excess of $30,000 shall be in writing after being published at least one time, not less than seven days prior to the date fixed for opening bids. The successful bidder shall be the lowest responsible responsive bidder meeting specifications, with full consideration of cost, quality and performance. In the event that the County receives two completely ide...

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