City of Haverhill, MA
Essex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Haverhill as part of Ch. 2 of the 1963 City Code (Ch. 2, Art. VII, of the 1980 Code); amended 7-10-2007 by Doc. 76. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Claims approval — See Ch. 18.
Chief Procurement Officer — See Ch. 70, Art. XIX.

§ 80-1 Compliance with statutory requirements for expenditures.

All expenditures for the procurement of goods, services, equipment and construction shall be in conformance with the provisions of Chapters 30B, 30 through 39-M and 149 of the General Laws, as they may be amended from time to time.

§ 80-2 Appropriation balances required.

The City Chief Procurement Officer shall not issue any order for delivery on a contract or any open market order unless and until the City Auditor certifies that there is to the credit of each of the using agencies concerned a sufficient appropriation balance, in excess of all unpaid obligations, to defray the cost of such supplies, materials, equipment or contractual services.

§ 80-3 Inspection and testing of supplies.

Each department is responsible for receiving, inspecting and certifying all deliveries of supplies, materials or equipment to determine their conformance with the specifications set forth in the order or contract. If problems arise due to nonconformance with specifications, incorrect quantities or broken merchandise, the City Chief Procurement Officer should be notified and provided specific information as to the nonconformance. The City Chief Procurement Officer will notify the vendor to seek correction.

§ 80-4 Reports showing sales of surplus.

When any stock is surplus or no longer of use to any using agency, the City Chief Procurement Officer may transfer it to another or other agencies which have need for it. The City Chief Procurement Officer when authorized by the City Council shall also have power to sell all supplies, materials and equipment not needed for public use or that may have become unsuitable for public use. Any such sale shall be conducted in accordance with MGL c. 30B, § 15.

§ 80-5 Emergency purchases of supplies or services.

In case of emergency, using agencies shall have the same authority that they had before the passage of this article concerning the purchase of materials. The head of such using agency shall send to the City Chief Procurement Officer a copy of such emergency purchase, together with a full explanation of the circumstances of the emergency, which shall be filed by the City Chief Procurement Officer as a permanent and public record of the purchase. Any such purchase shall be in conformance with MGL c. 30B, § 8.

§ 80-6 Contents of requisitions.

All requisitions shall state the department from which they are issued, the appropriation to which the expenditure is to be charged, the item or items to be purchased, the approximate price of the same if not yet purchased and the actual price when presented for approval after the purchase is made.

§ 80-7 Bulk purchases.

The provisions of § 80-6 shall not prevent the Chief Procurement Officer from asking bids and, with the approval of the City Council, awarding bids for the City, for a term not to exceed one year, under the provisions of which contracts the City does not agree to purchase any amount of materials or supplies, but only such quantities as the City may need during such period, in order to receive the benefit of prices for bulk purchase.

§ 80-8 Contracts amounting to $25,000 or more.

A. 
All contracts and agreements made by and between the City, or in its behalf by the officer or board in charge of any department thereof, and any person for any construction, alteration, work or purchase the estimated cost whereof shall amount to or exceed $25,000 shall be in writing and shall be drawn or approved as to form by the City Solicitor, and no such contract or agreement shall be deemed to have been made or executed unless signed by each of the following: the Mayor, the officer in charge of the department concerned, the City Chief Procurement Officer, and the City Auditor, whose signature is required to assure that funds are available and that the proper auditing procedures have preceded the signing of the contract or agreement by other City officials when duly and specifically authorized thereunto by the City Council.
B. 
Bond. All such contracts and agreements shall be accompanied by a suitable bond or deposit of money or other security on the part of the party contracting or agreeing with the City in such form as the City Solicitor shall approve and in such sum and with such sureties as the City Council shall determine and require for the faithful performance of such contracts or agreements, and, such bonds, moneys or other securities shall be deposited with the Treasurer and kept until such contracts or agreements have been completed and carried out in all respects.
C. 
No such contract or agreement once entered into shall be altered or amended in any respect except by the written consent of the contractor, the sureties on his or her bond, the officer or the board making the contract for the City, together with the approval in writing of the City Mayor, the City Solicitor and the City Auditor affixed thereto.

§ 80-9 Filing of agreements and contracts with Clerk.

Every agreement or contract, including entire indemnification page, if required, made by or for the City, or a certified copy thereof, shall be filed in the office of the City Clerk, properly indexed according to law, there to remain open to public inspection, and a duplicate copy thereof, signed as heretofore provided, shall be transmitted to the person from or with whom the purchase, agreement or contract is made.

§ 80-10 Copies of contracts.

Every officer of a City who makes or executes a contract on behalf of the City shall furnish said contract or a copy thereof to the City Clerk and the City Auditor within one week after its execution, and the City Clerk shall keep such contract or copy on file, open to public inspection during business hours. Such contracts or copies shall be kept in a book by themselves or in several books, arranged according to the subject of the contract, or in other convenient form, and an index to the subject matter of the contracts and to the names of the contractors shall be made semiannually and shall also be open to public inspection in some convenient form. All allowances under and additions to such contracts or copies thereof shall be filed with the City Clerk and the City Auditor, together with a sworn statement of the officer making such allowances or additions that the same are correct and in accordance with the contract.

§ 80-11 Submission of orders before liability incurred; standard order systems.

The several officers of the City and departments to which appropriations are voted by the City Council shall present to the Auditor of Accounts, before liability is incurred, all orders for services, materials and supplies or any other expenditures or obligations for any of the several departments for his approval as to sufficiency of funds in the accounts affected to warrant the expenditure of the amount stated in the order. To meet this requirement, a standard order system shall be established in the various departments subject to the approval of the Auditor of Accounts.