Southington Chamber of Commerce
SOUTHINGTON - The Southington Chamber of Commerce is voicing its support for a proposed revision to the town’s existing Preferred Bidding Ordinance.
Town officials are considering changes to the current ordinance. The chamber recently submitted a letter to the town’s Ordinance Review Committee announcing its endorsement of a 5 percent increase to the current Preferred Bidding Ordinance. The business organization is backing a modification of the low bid percentage from 5 percent to 10 percent in connection with projects with a total value between $10,000 and $500,000.
Additionally, the chamber recommended the ordinance should apply to any proposal with an aggregate price which falls within that range. For example, if the town put out a bid to various departments for services such as snowplowing and the bids were less than the threshold but the total bids met the $10,000 threshold, the ordinance would apply. However, the town could apply the ordinance to each separate bid, even if the separate bid did not reach the threshold.
“I strongly support a revision to the town’s preferred bidding ordinance and have for quite some time after analyzing our bidding process and watching municipal contracts go to businesses outside the community - despite the fact that a local company had bid on the project,” said Dawn Miceli, town councilor, Southington chamber board member and chair of the organization’s Economic Development Committee.
“Our current 5 percent low bid number is arbitrary and as such, a change to 10 percent, as many of our neighbor towns and cities have done, could be the magic number to better assist our Southington companies,” Miceli continued. “Moreover, changing the low bid percentage does not mean that the town would be mandated to accept anything but the low bid - it simply offers an opportunity for the Southington business to meet the bottom line low bid number. I consider our preferred bidding ordinance to be another tool that helps our town government support our local business community. If we truly want to be partners in economic development with our business community, we must ensure that we are working together to sustain and encourage continued growth among our local commercial entities.”
“The chamber is taking a stand to advocate for our members by promoting an ordinance modification intended to support our business community and fortify our local economy,” Elizabeth Hyatt, executive director with the Southington chamber added.