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City Of Cypress Charter Information


Section 1012. Contracts on Public Works. Unless subject to an exception set forth in another subparagraph of Section 1012, every project involving an expenditure of more than Three Thousand Five Hundred Dollars (or such other amount as may be prescribed by ordinance) for the construction, improvement, repair or maintenance of public works shall be let by the Council by contract to the lowest responsible bidder after notice by publication in the official newspaper by one or more insertions, the first of which shall be at least ten days before the time for opening bids.

Projects for the maintenance or repair of public works are excepted from the requirements of this paragraph if the Council determines that such work can be performed more economically by a City department than by contracting for the doing of such work.

The Council may reject any and all bids presented and may readvertise 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 four affirmative votes of the Council may proceed to have said work done, without further observance of the provisions of this section.

Such contracts may be let and such purchases made without advertising for bids, if such work 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 four affirmative votes of the Council and containing a declaration of the facts constituting such urgency.

At its election, the Council may authorize the use of a design-build construction procurement process for capital improvement projects.

For capital improvement project maintenance contracts, the Council may award the contract to the most qualified bidder instead of to the lowest responsible bidder.[Amended November 2, 2004].

Municipal Code

Sec. 21A-19. Contracts for public works.

Every project involving an expenditure of more than one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00) for the construction, improvement, repair, or maintenance of public works shall be let in accordance with the procedures set forth in the Charter of the City of Cypress. Such projects involving an expenditure of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00) or less may be affected by the use of city forces or let through informal bid procedures applicable to the purchase of supplies and equipment. For professional services contracts under fifty thousand dollars ($50,000.00) related to public works projects, the city manager is authorized to enter into contract. Contracts in excess of fifty thousands dollars ($50,000.00) shall be approved by city council. These limits shall be updated annually before July 1 of each year, based on the cost index for construction costs in Los Angeles area as published by ENGINEERING NEWS-RECORD, New York, New York, by resolution of city council.

(Ord. No. 877, § 1, 1-27-92; Ord. No. 985, § 1, 1-25-99; Ord. No. 1102, § 1, 10-27-08.)

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