Sec. 17B-1-4. Bidding requirements--Public projects.

(a) Thirty Thousand Dollars or Less. Public projects of thirty thousand dollars or less may be awarded by the department head of the department responsible for the project, or his or her designee by any alternative procedure.
(b) Thirty Thousand One Dollars Through One Hundred Twenty-five Thousand Dollars. Public projects of more than thirty thousand dollars, but less than or equal to one hundred twenty-five thousand dollars may, except as otherwise provided in this chapter or the Uniform Public Construction Cost Accounting Act, be awarded by the purchasing officer pursuant to the informal bidding procedure set forth in Section 17B-1-5.
(c) More Than One Hundred Twenty-five Thousand Dollars. Public projects of more than one hundred twenty-five thousand dollars shall, except as otherwise provided in this chapter or the Uniform Public Construction Cost Accounting Act, be awarded by the city council pursuant to the formal bidding procedure set forth in Section 17B-1-6. If all bids received are over one hundred twenty-five thousand dollars, the city council may, with the approval of a four-fifths vote of those members present and without following the formal bidding procedure, award the contract in an amount not exceeding one hundred thirty-seven thousand five hundred dollars to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder, so long as the city council also determines that the city’s cost estimate for the project was reasonable. Public projects in excess of one hundred thirty-seven thousand five hundred dollars must be awarded by the city council pursuant to the formal bidding procedure.
(d) City Engineer Review of Plans and Specifications. The city engineer shall review and approve the working details, drawings, plans, and specifications prepared for every public project which may affect the design or operation of public improvements and which may bring into question the city’s liability for dangerous conditions of public property.
(e) City Council Review of Plans and Specifications. The city council shall review and approve the working details, drawings, plans, and specifications prepared for every public project of more than one hundred twenty-five thousand dollars.
(f) Award. Contracts for public projects of thirty thousand dollars or less, if awarded, may be awarded in the best interests of the city. Contracts for public projects of more than thirty thousand dollars, if awarded, shall be awarded to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder. If two or more bids are the same and the lowest, the purchasing officer may accept either one.
(g) Dollar Limits and Change Orders or Amendments. The dollar limits indicated herein shall apply to the original contract and to any amendments or change orders. To this end, therefore, unless an exception as provided in Section 17B-1-7 or the city’s purchasing policies and guidelines applies, any contract amendment or change order which would increase the contract amount above any threshold stated herein shall comply with the requirements applicable to the increased contract amount. For public projects awarded by the city council, unless a lower or higher amount is stated in the city council staff report for the project or directed by the city council, the city manager or his or her designees shall have authority to approve contract amendments or change orders up to twenty-five percent of the original contract amount.
(h) No Bid Splitting. The city shall not split a project, work, service, or purchase into smaller projects, works, services, or purchases for the purpose of avoiding any bidding or contracting requirements of this article. (Ord. No. 1474, § 3 (part).)