City Of Watsonville Charter Information

SECTION 1117. Public Bid Requirements.

Every expenditure of City moneys for public works construction as hereafter defined of more than that amount set forth in Section 20162 of the Public Contracts Code of the State of California shall be let to the lowest responsible bidder after notice of publication in the official newspaper by one (1) or more insertions, the first of which shall be at least ten (10) days before time for opening bids; provided, however, that upon adoption of ordinance by the Council the “Uniform Public Construction Cost Accounting Act” set forth in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 21000) to Part 3 of Division 2 of the Public Contracts Code, an alternative public bidding procedure, shall be enacted to have the City be subject to such procedure notwithstanding other procedure set forth in this Section.

The Council may reject any and all bids presented and may re-advertise in its discretion. The Council after rejecting bids, or if no bids are received, may declare and determine that, in its opinion, based on estimates approved by the City Manager the work in question may be performed better or more economically by the City with its own employees and after the adoption of a resolution to this effect by at least five (5) affirmative votes of the Council may proceed to have said work done in the manner stated, without further observance of the provisions of this Section.

Such expenditures may be made without advertising for bids, if such expenditures shall be deemed by the Council to be of urgent necessity for the preservation of life, health or property and shall be authorized by resolution passed by at least five (5) affirmative votes of the Council and containing a declaration of the facts constituting the urgency.

All bids for public works construction shall be accompanied by either a certified or cashier’s check or a bidder’s bond executed by a corporate surety authorized to engage In such business in California made payable to the City. Such security shall be in an amount not less than that specified in the notice inviting bids or in the specifications referred to therein. or if no amount be so specified, then in an amount not less than ten (10%) percent of the aggregate amount of the bid. If the successful bidder .neglects or refuses to enter into the contract within the time specified in the notice inviting bids or specifications referred to therein, the amount of the bidder’s security may be declared forfeited to the City and may be collected and paid into its General Fund and all bonds so forfeited shall be prosecuted and the amount thereof collected and paid into such fund.

For the purposes of this Section, public works construction shall be defined as a project for the erection or improvement of public buildings, streets, drains, sewers, parking lots, parks or playgrounds, provided, however, that expenditures for the extension, improvement or development of the City water system shall be excepted from the requirements of this Section. Maintenance or repair of public buildings, streets, drains, sewers, parking lots, parks or playgrounds shall not be considered as public works construction. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to materials, supplies or equipment obtained or purchased from any governmental agency, or for materials, supplies or equipment which can be obtained from only one vendor .

All bids shall be sealed and be filed with the officer in charge of the purchasing function no later than the opening time specified in the notice inviting bids, who shall receive and be custodian of such bids and keep the same confidential until they are opened and declared.

All bids shall be publicly opened and declared at the time and the place fixed in the notice inviting bids.

Thereafter, the bids shall be tabulated and analyzed by the officer in charge of the purchasing function, who shall submit them, together with recommendations thereon, to the City Manager. The City Manager shall review the bids and submit them to the Council, along with his recommendations, at the next regular meeting of the Council.