[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Ashford 11-8-1993. Amendments noted where applicable.]
All Town purchases of, and contracts for, supplies, materials, equipment and contractual services to be done by other than Town employees or Town officials, excepting herefrom items on which the State of Connecticut has established a price schedule and items for sale by the State of Connecticut or any other local, state or federal government, shall be based, when possible, on competitive bids as follows:
Purchases of and contracts for supplies, materials, equipment and contractual services valued at greater than $10,000 will be bid by publishing notice of a request for proposals in a newspaper circulating in an area most likely to attract bidders or by invitations to bid at the discretion of the Board of Selectmen.
In the case of sales in excess of $10,000 of property which has become obsolete, unserviceable or unsuitable for Town use, the Board of Selectmen may, at its discretion, sell such property on the basis of competitive bids or at public auction.
Each bid shall be opened to the public. In the event no bids are received, the Selectmen may negotiate in the open market for such sale or purchase.
All purchases or sales of $10,000 or less in amount shall be made in the open market but shall, when possible, be based on at least three competitive quotations.
The Board of Selectmen shall have the right to reject any or all bids.
All contracts shall be approved as to form by the Selectmen and a copy of each such contract shall be filed with the Town Clerk.
The requirements of this chapter may be waived by the Board of Selectmen whenever an emergency exists by reason of extraordinary circumstances or contingencies that could not reasonably be foreseen and guarded against.