Borough of North Arlington, NJ
Bergen County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of North Arlington 12-16-1975 by Ord. No. 1067 (Ch. 48 of the 1984 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES

Claims approval — See Ch. 13.

§ 62-1
Title. 

§ 62-2
Definitions. 

§ 62-3
Department of Purchasing; Purchasing Agent. 

§ 62-4
Powers and duties of Purchasing Agent. 

§ 62-5
Requisitions or estimates of requirements by using agencies. 

§ 62-6
Voidable contracts. 

§ 62-7
Competitive bids. 

§ 62-8
Purchases requiring formal contracts. 

§ 62-9
Purchases not requiring formal contracts. 

§ 62-10
Emergency purchases. 

§ 62-11
Inspection of deliveries and samples. 

§ 62-12
Inventory procedures. 

§ 62-13
Cooperative purchasing. 

This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Purchasing Ordinance of the Borough of North Arlington."

For the purposes of this chapter, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meanings given herein:

BOROUGH
The Borough of North Arlington.
BOROUGH PURCHASING AGENT
The Purchasing Agent of the Borough of North Arlington.
COMMITTEE
The Committee of Specifications of the Borough of North Arlington.
CONTRACTUAL SERVICES
Includes all telephone, gas, water, electric light and power service, repair or maintenance of equipment, machinery and other Borough-owned personal property. The term shall not include professional and other contractual services which are by their nature unique and not subject to competition.
COUNCILMANIC CHAIR
The Chair of the Using Agency Committee.
MAYOR AND COUNCIL
The Mayor and Council of the Borough of North Arlington.
SUPPLIES
Includes all supplies, materials and equipment.
USING AGENCY
Any department, agency, commission, bureau or other unit in the Borough government using supplies or procuring contractual services as provided for in this chapter.

There is hereby established in the Borough of North Arlington the Purchasing Department and, in said Department, the office of Borough Purchasing Agent.

The Borough Purchasing Agent shall be the head and have general supervision of the Purchasing Department. The Agent shall perform all duties required of a department head by law and shall have the powers and duties prescribed by this chapter.

A. 

The Agent shall:

(1) 

Be appointed according to the laws of the State of New Jersey.

(2) 

Have experience as a buyer or in responsible purchasing work involving the procurement of a variety of supplies, materials and equipment; have graduated from a four-year college with specialization in business and public administration or an equivalent combination of experience and training.

(3) 

Be bonded in the amount of $5,000.

B. 

The Agent shall have the power and it shall be his/her duty to purchase or contract for all supplies and contractual services needed by any using agency of the Borough, in accordance with the purchasing procedure as prescribed by this chapter and such rules and regulations as the Agent shall adopt for the internal management and operation of the Purchasing Department.

(1) 

The authority of the Agent, at this time, shall not include construction of buildings, street improvements, parks and other related projects.

(2) 

Except as herein provided, it shall be unlawful for any Borough officer, officers or employees to order or purchase any supplies or make any contract within the purview of this chapter other than through the Purchasing Department, and any purchase ordered or contract made contrary to the provisions hereof shall not be approved by the Borough Purchasing Agent, and the Borough shall not be bound thereby.

C. 

In addition to the purchasing authority conferred in Subsection B above and in addition to any other powers and duties conferred by this chapter, the Agent shall:

(1) 

Act to procure for the Borough the highest quality in supplies and contractual services at the least expense to the Borough.

(2) 

Discourage uniform bidding and endeavor to obtain full and open competition insofar as possible on all purchases and sales.

(3) 

Establish and amend, when necessary, all rules and regulations authorized by this chapter and any others necessary to its operation.

(4) 

Keep informed of current developments in the field of purchasing, prices, market conditions and new products and secure for the Borough the benefits of research done in the field of purchasing by other governmental jurisdictions, national technical societies, trade businesses and organizations.

(5) 

Prescribe and maintain such forms as he/she shall find reasonably necessary to the operation of this chapter.

(6) 

Prepare, adopt and maintain a vendor's catalog file. Said catalogs shall be filed according to materials and shall contain descriptions of vendor's commodities.

(7) 

Exploit the possibilities of buying in bulk so as to take full advantage of discounts.

(8) 

Act so as to procure for the Borough all federal tax exemptions to which it is entitled.

(9) 

Have the authority to declare vendors, who default on their quotations, irresponsible bidders and to disqualify them from receiving any business from the municipality for a stated period of time, as recommended by the Purchasing Agent and approved by the Mayor and Council.

(10) 

Prepare and adopt a standard purchasing nomenclature for using agencies and suppliers.

A. 

All using agencies, either by or with the authorization of the head of the department under which the using agency operates, shall file with the Agent detailed requisitions or estimates of their requirements in supplies and contractual services in such manner, at such times and for such future periods as the Agent shall prescribe.

B. 

The Agent shall examine each requisition or estimate and shall have the authority to revise it as to quantity, quality or estimated cost; but revision as to quality shall be in accordance with the standards and specifications established pursuant to this chapter.

A. 

Any purchase order or contract within the purview of this chapter in which any officer or employee of the Borough is financially interested, directly or indirectly, shall be void, except that before the execution of a purchase order or contract the Council shall have the authority to waive by resolution compliance with this section when it finds such action to be in the best interests of the Borough.

B. 

The Agent and every officer and employee of the Borough are expressly prohibited from accepting, directly or indirectly, from any person, company, firm or corporation to which any purchase order or contract is or might be awarded, any rebate, gift, money or anything of value whatsoever, except where given for the use and benefit of the Borough.

All purchases of and contracts for supplies and contractual services and all sales of obsolete equipment shall, except as specifically provided herein, be based wherever possible on competitive bids.

All supplies and contractual services, except as otherwise provided herein, when the estimated cost thereof shall exceed $2,500, shall be purchased by formal, written contract from the lowest responsible bidder, after due notice inviting proposals as required by the Revised Statutes of New Jersey.

A. 

When deemed necessary by the Agent, bid deposits shall be prescribed in the public notices inviting bids. Unsuccessful bidders shall be entitled to the return of surety where the Agent has required such. A successful bidder shall forfeit any surety required by the Agent upon failure on his/her part to enter a contract within 10 days after the award.

B. 

Bid opening procedure.

(1) 

Sealed bids shall be presented to the Agent or the Mayor and Council and shall be identified as bids on the envelope.

(2) 

Bids shall be opened in public at the time and place stated in the public notice.

C. 

The Agent or the Mayor and Council shall have the authority to reject all bids, parts of all bids, or all bids for any one or more supplies or contractual services included in the proposed contract, when the public interest will be served thereby.

D. 

Award of contract.

(1) 

The Agent shall not award the bid of a contractor or supplier who is in default on the payment of taxes, licenses or other moneys due the Borough.

(2) 

Contracts shall be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder. In determining the lowest responsible bidder, in addition to the price, the Agent shall consider:

(a) 

The ability, capability and skill of the bidder to perform the contract or provide the service required.

(b) 

Whether the bidder can perform the contract or provide the service promptly, or within the time specified, without delay or interference.

(c) 

The character, integrity, reputation, judgment, experience and efficiency of the bidder.

(d) 

The quality of performance of previous contracts or services.

(e) 

The previous and existing compliance by the bidder with laws and ordinances relating to the contract or service.

(f) 

The sufficiency of the financial resources and ability of the bidder to perform the contract or provide the service.

(g) 

The quality, availability and adaptability of the supplies or contractual services to the particular use required.

(h) 

The ability of the bidder to provide future maintenance and service for the use of the subject of the contract.

(3) 

When the award is not given to the lowest bidder, a full and complete statement of the reasons for placing the order elsewhere shall be prepared by the Agent and filed with the other papers relating to the transaction.

(4) 

Tie bids.

(a) 

If all bids received are for the same total amount or unit price, quality and service being equal, the contract shall be awarded to a local bidder.

(b) 

Where Subsection D(4)(a) is not in effect, the Agent shall award the contract to one of the tie bidders by drawing lots in public.

(5) 

The Agent shall comply with the local public contracts law of the State of New Jersey in requiring performance bonds before entering into a contract.

All purchases of supplies and contractual services of less than the estimated value of $2,500 shall be made in the open market without newspaper advertisement and without observing the procedure prescribed by § 62-8 for the award of formal contracts.

A. 

All requisitions having an estimated dollar value up to $200 shall be approved by a department head.

B. 

All requisitions having an estimated dollar value in excess of $200 but not more than $500 shall be approved by the Councilmanic Chair of the using agency.

C. 

Requisitions having an estimated value in excess of $500 shall be approved by a majority of the Mayor and Council.

(1) 

All open market purchases shall, whenever possible, be based on at least three competitive bids and shall be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder in accordance with the standards set forth in § 62-8 above.

(2) 

The Agent shall solicit bids by:

(a) 

Direct mail request to prospective vendors.

(b) 

Telephone.

(c) 

Public notice.

(3) 

The Agent shall keep a record of all open market orders and bids submitted in competition thereon.

Emergency purchases shall be made as follows:

A. 

By the Agent.

(1) 

In case of an apparent emergency which requires immediate purchase of supplies or contractual services, the Agent shall secure by open market procedure as herein set forth, at the lowest obtainable price, any supplies or contractual services, the amount of the expenditure not to exceed $500.

(2) 

A full report of the circumstances of an emergency purchase shall be filed by the Agent with the Mayor and Council and shall be entered in the minutes of the Council.

B. 

By the department head. In case of actual emergency and with the consent of the Agent, the head of any using agency may purchase directly any supplies whose immediate procurement is essential to prevent delays in the work of the using agency which may vitally affect the life, health or convenience of citizens.

(1) 

The head of such using agency shall send to the Agent a requisition and a copy of the delivery record, together with a full report of the circumstances of the emergency. The report shall be filed with the Mayor and Council as provided in Subsection A(2) above.

(2) 

The Agent shall prescribe by rules and regulations the procedure under which emergency purchases by heads of using agencies may be made.

A. 

The head of the using agency shall inspect, or supervise the inspection of, all deliveries of supplies or contractual services to determine their conformance with the specifications set forth in the order or contract.

B. 

The Agent shall have the authority to require chemical and physical tests of samples submitted with bids and samples of deliveries which are necessary to determine their quality and conformance with the specifications. In the performance of such tests, the Agent shall have the authority to make use of laboratory facilities of any outside laboratory. The cost of such tests shall be charged to the using agency in the same manner as described in § 62-9 regarding the approval of requisitions.

A. 

All using agencies shall submit to the Agent, at such times and in such form as he/she shall prescribe, reports showing stocks of all supplies which are no longer used or which have become obsolete, worn out or scrapped.

B. 

The Agent shall submit to all departments, prior to the sale of surplus materials as described below, a list of items no longer required to determine if they can use any of the equipment, parts and supplies listed.

(1) 

The Agent shall have the authority to transfer surplus stock to other using agencies.

(2) 

The Agent shall have the authority to sell all supplies which have become unsuitable for public use, or to exchange the same for or trade in the same on new supplies. Sales under this section shall be made to the highest responsible bidder. A record of each sale shall be made and placed on file.

The Agent shall have the authority to join with other units of government in cooperative purchasing plans as stated in the Revised Statutes of the State of New Jersey when the best interests of the Borough could be served thereby.