Price agreements establish set prices that remain in effect for a designated period of time. This allows City departments to use the agreements in the performance of their operation without requiring a separate bid process each time a service or commodity is required.
The Purchasing Division issued an Invitation to Bid (ITB) for mowing services for the Water Department and Public Works Department on February 16, 2017. Four vendors responded to the solicitation: Green Thumb Lawn Service LLC, Resource Service Solutions, GrasHoppers Lawn Enforcement, and Millers Landscape & Lawn Care. Staff reviewed the bids and determined that Green Thumb Lawn Service LLC was the lowest, most responsive bidder, providing the minimum requirements of the Invitation to Bid. Green Thumb has been an established contractor with the City for several years and has a first-hand understanding of the work required.
Miller Landscape submitted the highest bid. Staff contacted Miller to verify the pricing, which is considerably higher than other bids due to miscalculation and incorrect pricing estimates. GrasHoppers Lawn Enforcement and Resource Service Solutions were deemed non-responsive because they did not submit a bid for all the requested properties and required documentation stated in the Invitation to Bid.
The bid was posted as follows:
1. Posted on the City’s website.
2. Posted on the Purchasing Division Twitter page.
3. Broadcast to 121 potential bidders through Public Purchase, the City’s Internet-based, e-procurement system; 13 accessed the bid.