Town of Lexington, MA
Middlesex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Annual Town Meeting of the Town of Lexington 4-3-1967 by Art. 83 as Arts. XXI and XXII of the 1967 Bylaws. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 3-20-1968 ATM by Art. 33; 1-26-1981 STM by Art. 12; 4-8-1991 ATM by Art. 44; 4-11-2001 ATM by Art. 32]
All contracts entered into by the Town which are subject to federal or state bidding requirements shall be awarded only after there has been full compliance with such requirements. In all other cases, except in cases of public calamity or extreme necessity, whenever any work is required to be done for the Town or any contract for labor or materials, or both, is to be made in behalf of the Town, for an amount exceeding the sum of $25,000, the Town officer having the matter in charge shall solicit proposals for the same from two or more reliable parties, regularly engaged or employed in such work or business, or shall publicly advertise for bids, and may require that a bond with satisfactory sureties for the faithful performance of such contract shall be furnished, but no contract shall be split, separated or divided for the purpose of reducing the amount thereof below said sum of $25,000. So far as practicable, contracts for less than $25,000 shall be made or awarded in such manner as to secure the benefit of reasonable competition.
[Added 3-18-1970 ATM by Art. 82]
Any board, officer, committee, or other agency of the Town, which acts on behalf of the Town in making or supervising any contract, in an amount exceeding the sum of $100,000 for the purchase of goods or services, or for the construction, renovation, or repair of buildings, may make arrangements with contractors and other interested agencies for special programs of recruitment and training in connection with the work to be performed on such contracts, with the objective of promoting equal employment opportunity for members of minority groups protected by the fair employment laws of the commonwealth and the United States. Any such board, officer, committee, or other Town agency may expend Town funds in carrying out such arrangements and programs or in compensating contractors for carrying them out provided that appropriations specifically designated for such purposes have been voted by the Town Meeting. Undertakings by contractors to carry out such arrangements or programs may, when appropriate, be embodied in requirements, to be included in contracts, that contractors engage in such recruitment, training, and employment as a part of the work to be performed, or in collateral agreements with contractors.
Whenever it is necessary to execute a deed or other instrument conveying any interest in land belonging to the Town, other than a tax deed, unless it is otherwise provided by law, or by vote of the Town, such deed or instrument shall be executed in behalf of the Town by a majority of the Board of Selectmen and countersigned by the Treasurer of the Town and it shall be sealed with the Town Seal.
[Added 3-31-2008 ATM by Art. 33; amended 3-22-2010 ATM by Art. 26; 3-20-2013 ATM by Art. 29; 6-16-2014 STM by Art. 6; 3-28-2016 ATM by Art. 31]
With respect to any contract governed by M.G.L. c. 30B, the Town and all of its departments, under the supervision of the Town Manager, are authorized to solicit, award and enter into the following types of contracts for periods up to the number of years shown below, including any renewal, extension or option provision, subject to annual appropriation but without further authorization by Town Meeting; provided, however, that no such contract shall be entered into for a term greater than three years without the approval of the Board of Selectmen unless the term of the contract has been expressly authorized by a vote of Town Meeting:
Type of Contract
Number of Years
Lease of public lands
20
Lease of public buildings
30
Lease of any equipment
10
Lease purchase of any equipment
10
Maintenance agreements for equipment, buildings or grounds
5
Transportation services
10
Purchase of oil, fuel and electricity
5
Lighting maintenance
10
Waste disposal and recycling
20
Water supply
20
Community television services
10
Leases, licenses, power purchase agreements and/or other agreements for the purpose of installing solar energy facilities and purchasing solar electricity
22
Agreements for payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs) with owners of solar energy facilities on Town-owned property
20
All other contracts
5