Delaware City Council has approved an ordinance that will allow the city to buy goods and services from any cooperative purchasing program to get the best price.
City Manager Tom Homan said the legislation came about from research by Assistant City Manager Jackie Walker for “taking advantage of purchasing opportunities with other governmental entities.”
A fact sheet provided to council said the city “currently participates in the state of Ohio cooperative purchasing program and other cooperative purchasing programs as requested by city staff. … This legislation will allow the city to take full advantage of all purchasing options now available.”
City staff have vetted the following cooperative purchasing organizations and found them to be competitively bid: US Communities; National Institute for Governmental Purchasing; National Purchasing Powers Government; and the Cooperative Purchasing Network.
The city is required to seek competitive bids for any goods and services over $50,000.
The legislation previously had a purchasing limitation requiring a 50-mile radius from Delaware, but that was removed as requested by council member Andrew Brush.
In other business last Monday, council:
• Authorized applying to the Ohio Public Works Commission for a grant to resurface North Sandusky Street and Park Avenue.
• Approved a liquor permit request for Destination Discount Books to sell glasses and bottles of wine.
• Approved closing three blocks downtown for Main Street Delaware’s First Friday touch-a-truck events in September and October.
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