Southington ordinance change would help local businesses with town contracts

Southington ordinance change would help local businesses with town contracts

Record-Journal


SOUTHINGTON — A proposal to give local businesses more of a chance to win town contracts is expected to go before the Town Council next month.

Currently, local businesses that submit a bid of no more than 5 percent higher than the low bid, when the bid is between $10,000 and $500,000, agree to accept the award in the amount of the low bid, according to meeting minutes.

Committee members and town councilors spoke for and against the proposal at an Ordinance Committee meeting last week.

“If more than one town-based bidder has submitted a bid no more than 5 percent higher than the low bid and has agreed to accept the award of the amount of the low bid, the lowest responsible bidder shall be that one of such town-based bidders which has submitted the lowest responsible bid,” minutes state.

The proposal would raise the ordinance from 5 to 10 percent.

“I’m always for competition, I think it’s important to do business in town,” Committee Chairwoman Cheryl Lounsbury said. “I also think that in today’s economy, we have to go with the most qualified bidder at the lowest bid.”

Town Manager Garry Brumback spoke against the proposal and felt it could reduce the number of qualified contractors and vendors that bid on town projects or services, minutes state.

“I think that the 5 percent gives the benefit of the doubt to Southington companies,” he said. “What we have now is good and fair, any more expanding from that is going to hurt us in the long run competitively.”

Town Councilor Dawn Miceli spoke in favor of the proposal.

“It’s going to be another tool for our Southington business community to use in our economic development processes.”

The Town Council is scheduled to discuss the change on Oct. 10.

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