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Council may adopt Manteca firms first project policy

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POSTED February 16, 2009 4:36 a.m.
Manteca – sometime later this year – is expected to seek bids to landscape the main entrance to the city at the recently completed Highway 99 and Yosemite Avenue interchange.
It could run in excess of $500,000 for everything from irrigation systems, monument work, planting trees and shrubs and other touches.
If a Manteca vendor doesn’t submit a winning bid but comes within 5 percent they could still get the job providing they match the lowest responsible bid.
It is part of a City Council proposal to establish preference for local vendors to make sure as much money as possible the city spends on projects stays within the Manteca economy.
The council will review the proposed policy during Tuesday’s 7 p.m. meeting at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center.
The policy is designed to give local vendors an edge in competitive bids and when submitting proposals for professional services.
It is designed to not violate any anti-discrimination laws and observes parameters the California Legislature put in place to allow local preferences.
If competitive bids are for the same total amount or unit price, the preference will be given to the local vendor. If the lowest local vendor is aced out but is within 5 percent of the lowest responsible bid they may elect within one business day to reduce their bid to match the lowest responsible bid and receive the contract.
State law precludes agencies from awarding professional services purely based on cost while considering qualifications. Manteca’s professional service proposals are typically evaluated and ranked with points awarded for qualifications, experience, schedule and cost. The proposed policy would provide a five-point credit out of a maximum 100 to local vendors
A legitimate presence in Manteca must include having a Manteca business license plus have one of two types of offices operating legally within the City of Manteca. It can either be the contractor’s principal office or the contractor’s regional, branch, or satellite office with at least one full-time employee located in Manteca. A post office box alone does not constitute a local Manteca enterprise.
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