CITY ADOPTS SPECIAL PROCUREMENT POLICY;
FOLLOW-UP MARINA WORKSHOP POSTPONED
An announced follow up to the City Commission`s August 30 marina workshop discussion displaced the regularly-scheduled Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) meeting Tuesday evening, November 1; however, because Commissioners Heath Davis and Scott Dennison were unable to be present, the marina workshop was postponed. (None of the mere five members of the public in attendance objected to the postponement.)
Before postponing the marina workshop, Vice Mayor Gene Hodges convened a special city commission meeting for the purpose of adopting a procurement policy drafted to satisfy state requirements for the city`s federally-funded energy grants.
As Commissioner Dale Register explained, the city`s formal adoption of the policy should satisfy a new state requirement for release of federal grant monies to reimburse the city for CRA-funded solar panels installed by Register`s Delta Coast Energy Solution. When the special procurement policy was drafted some months ago by former CRA director Greg Lang and okayed by then-Mayor Sue Colson, the state did not require formal city commission adoption of such a policy.
The policy before the commission, specifically drafted to address the city`s existing energy grant contract, was adopted unanimously by roll call vote by Commissioners Colson, Hodges, and Register. In discussion preceding the vote, Frank Offerle objected to the policy`s failure to require that contractors be licensed by the state. Commissioner Colson suggested that the licensing requirement be included, instead, in any future Request for Proposal in connection with this grant.
Noting that the city does not have a general procurement policy, City Attorney Norm Fugate recommended that such a policy be developed and adopted by the commission.