(a)   All purchases of and contracts for supplies and contractual services, and all sales of personal property which has become obsolete and unusable, shall, except as otherwise specifically provided in this chapter, be based, wherever possible, on competitive bids. If the amount of any proposed expenditure or sale is estimated to exceed ten thousand dollars ($10,000), the Purchasing Agent shall, unless otherwise approved by Council, solicit sealed bids, and, when deemed necessary by the Agent, such bids shall be accompanied by surety in the form of a check, cash or bond in such amount as prescribed in the notice inviting bids.  All bids shall be submitted sealed and shall be opened at the time and place stated in the notice. A tabulation of the bids shall be submitted to Council, and no purchase order shall be written until the tabulation has been approved by Council.  The Agent may reject any or all bids when the public interest will be served thereby.
   (b)   The requirement for sealed bids as provided in subsection (a) hereof shall not apply for professional services, emergency repairs or services, a continuation of services and transactions between governmental units, unless Council deems the same to be necessary. 
(Ord. 655.  Passed 9-15-97; Ord. 725.  Passed 4-22-02.)