City of Hood River
Resolution No. 2010-03
A Resolution Exempting the Contract for Engineering Services from Competitive Bidding Requirements and Authorizing the City Manager to Negotiate and Execute a Contract with David Bick for General City Engineering Services
WHEREAS, the City of Hood River recently eliminated the City Engineer position as a regular city employee position and now has need of the services of a suitably qualified and licensed professional engineer to serve on a independent contractor basis as the City Engineer; and
WHEREAS, ORS 279B.085 authorizes the City to use special procurement procedures for a special class or single contracts when special circumstances warrant such an approach, do not encourage favoritism or limit competition, results in a substantial cost savings and promotes the public interest that would not be realized through the normal competitive bidding procedures; and
WHEREAS, Hood River Municipal Code §2.32.060C similarly provides for an exception to the full competitive bidding requirements for a special class or single personal service contract when special circumstances warrant such an approach, an exception will not encourage favoritism or limit competition, it will result in a substantial cost savings and promote the public interest that would not be realized through the normal competitive bidding procedures; and
WHEREAS, the City can realize significant cost savings by out-sourcing its city engineering services to the City’s previous city engineer because it can limit those services to specific projects that include funding for contracted engineering services and the engineer is already familiar with the City, its infrastructure and all city projects; and
WHEREAS, special procurement policies are warranted in this instance because there are no engineers other than the former city engineer that have current comprehensive personal knowledge of the City, its infrastructure and all City projects; therefore, the use of summary contracting procedures will not encourage favoritism or limit competition; and
WHEREAS, due to the former city engineer’s particularized knowledge of the City, its infrastructure and all City projects, no training or break-in period will be needed; therefore resulting in substantial efficiency and cost savings; and
WHEREAS, maintaining continuous and consistent engineering leadership on all current projects is in the public interest as is the significant cost savings that can be realized by out-sourcing city engineering services to the person most uniquely qualified to serve as city engineer and the person who has held this position for the past five years.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Hood River City Council, acting as the Contract Review Board, that:
Section 1. Exemption from Competitive Bidding. A personal services contract may be executed between the City of Hood River and David Bick, former city engineer, for general city engineering services that is exempt from the competitive bidding requirements that would otherwise apply.
Section 2. Authorization to Negotiate Contract. The City Manager is hereby authorized to negotiate a contract with David Bick or the corporate entity with which Mr. Bick is associated for the provision of general city engineering services.
Approved by the Hood River City Council, acting as the Contract Review Board, this 25 day of January 2010, to take effect immediately
Arthur Babitz, Mayor
Jenifer McKenzie, City Recorder Approved as to form:
Daniel Kearns, City Attorney