My name is Keith Watts and I am the Purchasing Manager for the City of Meridian. The Purchasing Departments goal is to serve the citizens of Meridian by ethically obtaining goods and services at the best value for the tax dollar while following the Statutes of the State of Idaho and the policies of the City of Meridian.
I recently held a “How to Do Business with the City of Meridian” meeting in which I gave an overview of the types of purchases and the procedures in which they are carried out. There are many different types of purchases, each with it’s own set of rules and regulations all designed to ensure a level playing field is available for businesses and ultimately ensure the best value for our local tax payers. Purchases range from tools and equipment to full fledged public works projects.
Each purchase must follow a specific process depending on the project and dollar amount. Phone orders and written quotes are used for purchases under $25,000, while formal bids, informal bids, and request for proposals (RFP’s) are generally used for larger scale projects with many varying elements.
Additional safeguards are in place to protect the City as well as our tax payers. All Public Works construction contracts must include payment and performance bonds, the City require bonds in the amount of 100% of the contract amount. Additionally all vendors and contractors that perform work on City property must present a certificate of insurance showing current status for general liability, automotive and workers compensation insurance prior to the start if work.
I hope this information provides some insight on how your tax dollars are spent and also to encourage our local businesses to solicit their goods and services to the City. If you would like any further follow up on any of the information provided, please feel free to contact the Purchasing office at 489-0416.