FAIRLAWN: With the costs of major projects increasing, city officials have decided to make life easy for smaller endeavors. At Monday night’s city council meeting, a resolution was passed that helps low cost projects avoid a long, extensive bidding process.
Under the old rules, if the city wanted to spend more than $25,000 it had to enter a tedious bidding process, before the city agrees to spend the money. With the new rules in place, the purchase has to cost more than $50,000 before it actually has to start bidding for the money.
Bryan Nace is the council vice-president and representative for Ward three. He is also the finance committee chairman. He said increasing costs, and initiatives taken by the state, were the primary motivators behind this legislation.
“The state of Ohio has done the same thing, they’re going to $50,000 dollars,” Nace said. “We’re simply following suit.”
Although the city has raised the bar on entering the bidding process, Nace says projects costing less than that will still have to meet certain standards. The demands just won’t be as high. He references the attempts of Service Director Ernie Staten, who will be looking at new squad cars for the city. According to Nace, police cruisers can cost anywhere between $30,000 and $35,000.
“We’ll still be looking to get a good price for the city,” Nace said. “But we won’t have to go through a formal bidding process.”
Nace said the bidding process for major projects is a very elaborate process. It is a dance between city officials and bidders that can quickly go south if things aren’t done by the book. He said the specifications and demands of a bid can be as thick as a phone book, but said the work is worth it.
“If the city’s spending a big chunk of money, we want to make sure we’re getting the best price,” Nace said.