(A)   Purchases of supplies and equipment of an estimated value in the amount of $7,500 or less may be made by the purchasing officer in the open market without observing the procedure described by §§ 34.26 through 34.33.
   (B)   The open market procedure to be utilized pursuant to this section shall be set forth in administrative regulations approved by City Council.
      (1)   Number of bids.  Open market purchases shall, wherever possible, be based on at least three bids, and shall be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder in accordance with appropriate administrative rules.
      (2)   Notice inviting bids.  The purchasing officer shall solicit bids from prospective vendors.
('83 Code, § 3.08.150)  (Ord. 845, passed - -82; Am. Ord. 1101, passed 5-17-95)