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City Of Del Mar Charter Information


Section 201. Subject to General Laws. Except as otherwise expressly provided in this Charter, the City shall be subject to and governed by the general laws of the State as now and hereafter existing relating to cities organized under said general laws and shall have and may exercise all the rights, powers and privileges and be subject to all the restrictions, limitations and procedures granted or imposed by said general laws upon such general law cities. 

Municipal Code

7.20.010 Purpose. The purpose of the following sections is to establish alternative bid procedures for public works projects, as provided for by the California Uniform Public Construction Cost Accounting Act (the “Act”). [Ord. 866]

7.20.020 Alternative Bid Procedures. Public projects, as defined by the Act and in accordance with the limits listed below pursuant to the Public Contract Code, may be let to contract by Alternative procedures. The applicable thresholds (provided below for reference purposes) shall be as provided in the Public Contract Code as the same may be amended from time to time.

A. Public projects of forty-five thousand dollars ($45,000) or less may be performed by the City of Del Mar, by negotiated contract, or by purchase order.

B. Public projects of one hundred seventy-five thousand dollars ($175,000) or less may be let to contract by Alternative procedures as set forth in this Chapter. If all bids received are in excess of one hundred seventy-five thousand dollars ($175,000), the City Council may, by adoption of a resolution by a four-fifths vote, award the contract, at one hundred  eightyseven thousand five hundred dollars ($187,500) or less, to the lowest responsible bidder, if it determines the cost estimate of the public agency was reasonable.

C. Public projects of more than one hundred seventy-five thousand dollars ($175,000) shall, except as otherwise provided in the Act, be let to contract by formal bidding procedures.

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