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The Design Section is responsible for the submission of the project plans and specifications to the Board of Supervisors as well as insuring compliance with all applicable State and Federal provisions and guidelines. Upon bid opening and review of the bids, Construction is responsible for overseeing the award presentation to the Board and execution and oversight of the contract.
On March 18, 2014, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors adopted a uniform County Purchasing Policy. The methods contained in the Policy are to be “used to procure goods and services and provide the best value for the County using an open and fair process for vendors.” The Policy provides specific purchasing guidelines for all County departments in compliance with applicable Government Codes, Humboldt County Codes, and Public Contract Codes.
Pursuant to the County Purchasing Policy and the California Government Code, the County Purchasing Agent is authorized to engage independent contractors to perform services for the County when the Annual aggregate cost does not exceed $50,000 (as adjusted by the Consumer Price Index). For purchases of $50,000 and over, a competitive process is used to “reduce the overall cost of buying and to seek values that offer the best combination of price, quality and service.”
An Invitation to Bid (ITB) is the formal bidding method used in the sealed bid process to obtain goods and services of $50,000 and over that can be clearly specified and awarded to the lowest responsible and responsive bidder. Award results in issuance of a purchase order or execution of contract ITB's may he advertised in newspaper(s) of general circulation and are posted on the County website, in the Purchasing Office and sent to established vendors as well as any that have expressed interest in doing business with the County. ITB's comply with all applicable requirements of Federal State and local law. Both the ITB and the award must be approved by the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors.