Posted by Jolene Nieves on November 03, 2016 at 2:34 PM
Councilman Bobby Henon introduced four pieces of legislation during today's City Council session.
The first bill, a Streets bill on behalf of the Kenney Administration, revising house and curb lines and grades so as to be reflective of changes to the roadway and public rights of way made by PennDOT.
The next two bills allow for the city 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. The legislation, which was developed in partnership with the Kenney Administration and was co-sponsored by Councilmembers Green, Jones, Parker, Johnson, and Squilla will allow the Procurement Department to negotiate details up front, too. 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, saving the city money and producing better results in the long run.
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.
The last bill is a companion bill to the procurement legislation. It 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.
Additional, Councilman Henon invited Vicar John Nelson, who currently serves as the vicar at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Morrestown, New Jersey, to perform the invocation at today's Council session. Mr. Nelson is married to Emma, a member of Councilman Henon's staff that works on community services and engagement. He received his Masters of Divinity from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.
Read the full press release on today's procurement bills here.