[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Fultonville at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Every prospective purchase of goods or services shall be evaluated to determine the applicability of General Municipal Law § 103. Every village officer, board, department head or other personnel 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 village 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 a proposal (RFP) and written/fax quotes from three vendors.
All estimated purchases of less than $3,000 but the goods and oral/fax quotes from two vendors.
All estimated purchases of less than $1,000 but greater than $250 are left to the discretion of the purchaser.
Estimated public works contracts.
All estimated public works contracts of less than $20,000 but greater than $10,000 require a written RFP or fax proposals from three contractors.
All estimated public works contracts of less than $10,000 but greater than $3,000 require a written RFP or fax proposals from two contractors.
All estimated public works contracts of less than $3,000 but greater than $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 are offered. All information gathered in complying with this procedure shall be preserved and filed with the documentation supporting the subsequent purchase or public works contract.
The lowest responsible proposal or quote shall be awarded the purchase or public works contract unless the purchaser prepares a written justification providing reasons why it is in the best interest of the village and its taxpayers to make an award 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 record supporting the procurement.
A good faith effort shall be made to obtain the required number of proposals. If the purchaser is unable to obtain the required number of proposals, the purchaser shall document the attempt made. In no event shall the inability to obtain the proposals be a bar to the procurement.
Except when directed by the Board of Trustees, no solicitation of written proposals or quotations shall be required under the following circumstances:
The unintentional failure to fully comply with the provisions of General Municipal Law § 104-b shall not be grounds to void action taken or give rise to a cause of action against the Village of Fultonville or any officer or employee thereof.
The Board of Trustees shall annually review these policies and procedures.