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City Of Ventura Charter Information


Section 1006. – Contracts on public works.

In the construction improvements and repair of all public buildings and public works, excluding maintenance, and in furnishing any supplies or materials for them, when the expenditure required exceeds the sum theretofore established by ordinance, the same shall be done by contract. The contract shall be let to the lowest responsible bidder after notice by publication in the official newspaper by two or more insertions, the first of which shall be at least ten (10) days before the time for opening bids.

The Council may reject any and all bids presented and may readvertise in its discretion. After rejecting bids, or if no bids are received, the Council may determine and declare that in its opinion, the work in question may be performed better or more economically by the City with its own employees, or that the materials or supplies may be purchased at a lower price in the open market. After the adoption of the resolution to this effect by the affirmative vote of at least four Councilmembers, the Council may proceed to have the work done or such materials or supplies purchased in the manner stated without further observance of the provisions of this Section.

Contracts may be let and purchases made without advertising for bids if such work or the purchase of materials shall be deemed by the Council to be of urgent necessity for the preservation of life, health or property, and shall be authorized by the affirmative votes of at least four members of the Council.

Municipal Code

Sec. 4.600.230. – Public works competitive bidding; lowest responsible bidder.

In the construction, improvement, and repair of all public buildings and public works, excluding maintenance, and in furnishing any supplies or materials for the same, when the expenditures required therefore exceed the sum then set forth in Public Contract Code Section 22032(b) (or, if recodified, the amount then specified in the recodified section), the same shall be done by contract in accordance with City Charter Article X, Section 1006. In the event the expenditure is less than said sum, but more than $10,000.00 the city manager shall obtain informal bids from qualified contractors and award the contract to the lowest responsible bidder. The city manager shall establish administrative policies and procedures for award of contracts by informal bid. Notwithstanding the above, water meter installations, fire line installations, connections to the city’s water system, and back flow prevention installations, regardless of the amount involved, may be performed by the city’s water division without putting such work out to bid.

(Ord. No. 2012-012, § 1, 4-23-12) 

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