[Adopted 10-9-2007 by Ord. No. 23-10-2007]
[Amended 3-18-2014 by Ord. No. 4-3-2014]
The Township of Evesham does hereby ratify and clarify that any contract having a price or consideration at or under the threshold of $17,500 shall continue to be exempt from the fair and open award provisions of Evesham Code Chapter 27.
Notwithstanding any provisions of Ordinance No. 20-9-2007 or Chapter 27 of the Code of the Township of Evesham to the contrary, upon request of the Township Manager and his or her filing of a certification of reasonable investigation as required below, a contract having a price or consideration at or under the threshold of $17,500 may be awarded by the Township Council to any professional business entity if such professional business entity has not otherwise received an aggregate or cumulative amount of contracts from the Township of Evesham in the calendar year of the award exceeding $17,500. The Township Manager of the Township of Evesham shall recommend such an award to the Township Council only after investigating the availability of professional business entities to do the work which are or would be in compliance with the "pay to play" restrictions contained in Ordinance No. 20-9-2007 and only upon determining that compliance with the "pay to play" restrictions would increase the cost or interfere with the delivery of quality services. The Township Manager shall certify his or her findings to the Township Council in a written document filed with the Township Clerk. Such document shall be available for public inspection and copying.
The provisions of Evesham Code § 27-4, which allow for the exemption from fair and open contract award procedures in the case of a declared emergency, shall apply with equal force to the "pay to play" restrictions contained in Ordinance No. 20-9-2007. In the case of a lawfully declared emergency, the Township may award contracts in the same fashion and to the same extent provided in Code § 27-4 notwithstanding the provisions of Ordinance No. 20-9-2007.