Posted by Jolene Nieves on December 13, 2016 at 11:06 AM
During the last Council session of 2016, Councilman Henon did not introduce any legislation, however several of his bills and resolutions were on the final passage calendar.
Councilman Henon's Best Value bills were passed with a 16-0 vote. The bills, which were developed in partnership with the Kenney Administration and were co-sponsored by Councilmembers Green, Jones, Parker, Johnson and Squilla, will allow the Procurement Department to implement a more modern approach to awarding bids and contracts through the Procurement Department. Rather than always selecting the lowest responsible bid for a project, the City will have the option to select vendors based on a wider range of criteria, including past performance, project schedule, cost and more. These changes, which reflect best procurement practices nationwide, will make it easier for vendors and potential vendors to work with the City and will encourage more competition in the bid process. The bills are:
- A resolution for a proposed Charter change that would create a Best Value review process for procurement; and
- An ordinance that would place a Charter Change question regarding Best Value procurement on the ballot in May 2017.
- Additionally, a companion bill to Best Value was passed that amends Section 17-1404 of the Philadelphia Code, entitled “Eligibility for Non-Competitively Bid Contracts and Financial Assistance”, which would provide requirements relating to contracts awarded pursuant to the proposed best value provision of the Home Rule Charter, under certain terms and conditions, including eligibility based on political donations.
Another procurement bill, which requires RFPs and winning bids to remain online for five years after they have been awarded as a means to increase transparency and help vendors strengthen their future bids, also passed.
See Councilman Henon's remarks regarding Best Value, courtesy of PHL Council and Channel 64, here.
Other bills include:
- Bill 161005 - A conveyance of 3550 East Allen Street from the City to PAID;
- Bill 160970 - Revision of Lines and Grades near "the intersection of The Roosevelt Boulevard, Solly Avenue, Holme Avenue, and Poquessing Avenue, in order to conform with the lines and conditions established by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania";
- Bill 160916 - a remapping of Mayfair per recommendations in the North Delaware District Plan, which is the result of robust public outreach and participation by stakeholders. This remapping bill has the support of the Mayfair Civic Association and the Mayfair Business Improvement District; and
- Bill 160866 - No Truck Parking on both sides of Edmund from Bleigh to Cottman Ave. This bill came at the request of the Mayfair Athletic Club who pointed out that the trucks parking on section of Edmund became a safety hazard to their players and coaches.
Lastly, Councilman Derek Green's Marijuana Zoning Uses legislation, of which Councilman Henon is a co-sponsor, passed.
City Council is in recess until January!