Hempstead Town proposes competitive bids on contracts over $20G

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Hempstead Town Board members will vote on a proposal Tuesday to require competitive bidding on all contracts awarded for more than $20,000.

Supervisor Laura Gillen has proposed a bill that would mandate a request for proposals for all professional services and insurance coverage awarded by the town exceeding the $20,000 limit.

The town resolution says the measure is proposed to foster increased competition and ensure contracts are awarded in the best interest of the taxpayers.

The town must follow state competitive bidding laws, but has no policy regarding proposals for professional services. The town requires proposals from at least three contractors for public works contracts exceeding $15,000.

The new amendment would require proposals for services such as attorneys, consultants, engineers and technical skills.

Town officials would be required to advertise bids and then review proposals under an ad hoc committee of three employees to score each bid.

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