Village of Cassopolis, MI
Cass County
By using eCode360 you agree to be legally bound by the Terms of Use. If you do not agree to the Terms of Use, please do not use eCode360.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Council of the Village of Cassopolis 9-13-1993 by Ord. No. 180 (Ch. 2, Art. V, Div. 2, of the 2003 Code of Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Sale of real property — See Ch. 68.

§ 56-1 Purchasing agent.

The Village Manager is designated as the purchasing agent for the Village.

§ 56-2 General policy.

A. 
All purchases exceeding $300 shall be evidenced by a purchase order signed by the purchasing agent.
B. 
All sales of Village property above $500 shall be evidenced by a written agreement or contract of sale.
C. 
No sale or purchase shall be divided for the purpose of circumventing the dollar value limitations contained in this chapter.

§ 56-3 Limitations and requirements.

A. 
The purchasing agent is authorized to make purchases on behalf of the Village without consent of the Village Council, where each purchase does not exceed the sum of $500.
B. 
All purchases in excess of $500 but less than $1,000 can be made by the purchasing agent with the consent of the proper department committee, i.e., public safety committee, department of public works committee, etc.
C. 
All purchases in excess of $1,000 shall only be authorized and ordered by the Village Council.
D. 
All purchases which do not exceed the sum of $500 may be authorized and ordered by the purchasing agent without the necessity of advertising for sealed competitive bids.
E. 
Sealed bids shall be asked for in all transactions involving the expenditure of more than $500 or less than $1,000 with the transaction evidenced by written contract submitted to and approved by the appropriate committee, and approved by the Village Council if the purchase price exceeds $1,000. This requirement may be waived in instances where the Village Council, by unanimous consent, deems it clearly to the Village's advantage to contract without competitive bidding.
F. 
All open market purchases shall, whenever possible, be based on competitive bids which may be solicited by the purchasing agent via telephone or mail. The purchasing agent shall keep a record of all open market orders and the bids submitted in competition, and such records shall be open to public inspection.
G. 
Purchases from public institutions/utilities shall be exempt from this chapter.

§ 56-4 Notices inviting sealed bids.

A. 
Notices inviting sealed competitive bids shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation within the Village, or in appropriate publications, at least seven days prior to the final submission date for the bids.
B. 
Such notice shall designate the materials or equipment desired, or the project to be undertaken, the amount of bid bond required, if any, and the time, date, place and office for the filing and opening of such bonds. The right to reject any and all bids shall be reserved.
C. 
The purchasing agent shall mail copies of the official notice to qualified vendors or contractors, as he may deem necessary, to give notice to interested bidders and to obtain competitive bids.

§ 56-5 Sealed; bid bond.

Bids submitted in response to such competitive bid notice shall be sealed and be accompanied by the specified bid bond. Bid bond is needed only when the price of such item exceeds $30,000.

§ 56-6 Methods of handling bids.

A. 
Sealed bids shall be opened in public by the purchasing agent or the Village Council at the time and place specified in the official notice.
B. 
If the purchasing agent opens the bids, he shall use the information revealed in such bids to make a recommendation to the Village Council on which bid to accept.
C. 
If the Village Council opens the bids, they may act on such bids, or may refer them to an appropriate Village official for tabulation and/or recommendation before acting thereon.
D. 
Any competing bidder may examine the bids and the tabulation.
E. 
Upon receiving the bids, together with any recommendations made, the Village Council may reject the bids or determine the lowest responsible bidder and award the contract accordingly. Quality offered, delivery terms and reputation of the vendor may be taken into consideration when awarding the bid.
F. 
If the Village Council determines it cannot choose between two or more bidders to determine which one is the lowest, the successful bidder may be determined by lot, or the Village Council may authorize the purchasing agent to purchase the commodities in the open market and not to exceed the lowest bid price for each commodity.

§ 56-7 Execution of contract.

A. 
After awarding a contract as described in this chapter, the contract documents, together with a performance bond, if any, complying with the provisions of Public Act No. 187 of 1905 (MCL § 570.101 et seq.), shall be issued in the amount of the contract, executed by the successful bidder and submitted to the Village attorney for approval and to the Village Council for execution.
B. 
All bonds, deposits of cash or certified or cashier's check may be retained until the contract is awarded and signed. If any successful bidder fails or refuses to enter into the contract as provided in this chapter, the deposit accompanying the bid shall be forfeited and the Council may award the contract to the next lowest responsible bidder, or readvertise the contract.

§ 56-8 Sale of property.

A. 
Whenever any Village personal property is not needed for public purposes, it may be sold.
B. 
Personal property not exceeding $500 in value may be sold by the purchasing agent for the bid price or traded to the vendor for new equipment replacing it.
C. 
Personal property with a value exceeding $500 may be sold after advertising and receiving competitive bids, and after approval by the Village Council, or traded by the Village Council as described in Subsection B of this section.
D. 
Real property shall be sold in accordance with Chapter 68, Sale of Real Property.