[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Forestburgh 4-2-1992. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Every prospective purchase of goods or services shall be evaluated to determine the applicability of General Municipal Law § 103. Every Town officer, board, department head or other person with the requisite purchasing authority (hereinafter "purchaser") shall estimate the cumulative amount of the items of supply or equipment needed in a given fiscal year. That estimate shall include the canvass of other Town departments and past history to determine the likely yearly value of the commodity to be acquired. The information gathered and conclusions reached shall be documented and kept with the file or other documentation supporting the purchase activity.
All purchases of supplies or equipment which will exceed $10,000 in the fiscal year or public works contracts over $20,000 shall be formally bid pursuant to General Municipal Law § 103.
All estimated purchases of:
Less than $10,000 but greater than $3,000 require a written request for proposal (RFP) and written/fax quotes from three vendors.
Less than $3,000 but greater than $1,000 require an oral request for the goods and oral/fax quotes from two vendors.
Less than $1,000 but greater then $250 are left to the discretion of the purchaser.
All estimated public works contracts of:
Less than $20,000 but greater than $10,000 require a written RFP and written/fax proposals from three contractors.
Less than $10,000 but greater then $3,000 require a written RFP and written/fax proposal from two contractors.
Less then $3,000 but greater then $500 are left to the discretion of the purchaser.
Any written RFP shall describe the desired goods, quantity and the particulars of delivery. The purchaser shall compile a list of all vendors from whom written/fax/oral quotes have been requested and the written/fax/oral quotes offered.
All information gathered in complying with the procedures of these guidelines shall be preserved and filed with the documentation supporting the subsequent purchase or public works contract.
The person or entity offering the lowest responsible proposal or quote shall be awarded the purchase or public works contract unless the purchaser prepares written justification providing reasons why it is in the best interest of the Town and its taxpayers to make an awarded to other than the low bidder. If a bidder is not deemed responsible, facts supporting that judgment shall also be documented and filed with the records supporting the procurement.
A good faith effort shall be made to obtain the required number of proposal or quotations. If the purchaser is unable to obtain the required number of proposals or quotations, the purchaser shall document the attempt made at obtaining the proposals. In no event shall the inability to obtain the proposals or quotes be a bar to procurement.
Except when directed by the Town Board, no solicitation of written proposals or quotations shall be required under the following circumstances:
Acquisition of professional services.
Sole source situations.
Goods purchased from agencies for the blind or severely handicapped.
Goods purchased from correctional facilities.
Goods purchased from another governmental agency.
Goods purchased at auction.
Goods purchased for less than $250.
Public works contract for less than $500.
Circumstances where the Town purchases under state or county bid.
This policy shall be reviewed annually by the Town Board at its organizational meeting or as soon thereafter as is reasonably practicable.