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City Of Modesto Charter Information


Every project involving an expenditure of City moneys of more than the amount which the City Council shall establish by ordinance, for the construction or improvement of public buildings, works, drains, sewers, utilities, parks, playgrounds, and streets (exclusive of projects for resurfacing, maintenance and repair of streets, or any park or parks playground project otherwise subject to the public bidding requirements of this section that involves any donated labor and/or material) shall be let 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 seven (7) days before the time for opening bids.

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 contracts likewise may be let without advertising for bids, if such work shall be deemed by the City 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 such urgency.

Nothing in this section shall be construed to apply to the acquisition or purchase of electricity, electric power or electric energy by the City for any use or purpose.

(As amended November 7, 1989, and November 2, 1999)

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