For the purposes of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply, unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning:
   (a)   CONTRACTING. The process of entering into a deliberate verbal or written agreement between the Village and competent parties in accordance with Ohio Ethics Law for the purchase of goods and/or services.
   (b)   COMPETITIVE BIDDING. A contracting method by which the City develops bid specifications and/or documents, publishes notices and/or advertisements soliciting bids by a stated deadline, accepts or rejects bids, and awards a contract to the lowest and best bidder.
   (c)   COMPETITIVE BARGAINING. A contracting method by which the City solicits proposals and/or quotes, negotiates the terms, conditions, and other relevant factors, and enters into a contract advantageous and beneficial to the City.
   (d)   COOPERATIVE PURCHASING. A contracting method by which the combined and collective efforts of governmental entities share the advantages and benefits of volume purchasing programs and reduced administrative expenses including, without limitation, the local government purchasing programs sometimes referred to as SWOP4 G, COOPP, a separate program through the Office of State Purchasing (part of the Ohio Department of Administrative Services) pursuant to Ohio R.C. § 125.04, and the program arranged by the Ohio Department of Transportation pursuant to Ohio R.C. § 5513.01.
   (e)   PROFESSIONAL SERVICES. Services that usually require education, training or expertise to an advanced, specialized or significant degree, including, without limitation, such services as those performed by attorneys, architects, engineers, accountants, physicians, insurance brokers/agents, and/or third party administrators.
   (f)   PRODUCT. Any material, equipment, supplies, commodities or any similar items purchased by the City in order to fulfill the operating and/or capital responsibilities for the City.
   (g)   RECYCLED MATERIAL. Material the components of which, in whole or in part, would otherwise have been destined for permanent disposal.
      (Ord. 40-11. Passed 6-20-11.)