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Laws Related to Purchasing in City Manager-Commission Charter

Reference Number: MTAS-1687
Tennessee Code Annotated
Reviewed Date: April 03, 2013
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6-19-104. Purchasing and contract procedures

(a) The city manager shall be responsible for all city purchasing, but the city manager may delegate the duty to make purchases to any subordinate appointed by the city manager.

(b) Competitive prices for all purchases and public improvements shall be obtained whenever practicable and in accordance with regulations established by ordinance, and the purchase made from or the contract awarded to the lowest and best bidder; provided that the city may reject any and all bids.

(c) Formal sealed bids shall be obtained in all transactions involving the expenditure of an amount to be set by ordinance. The amount set shall be equal to or greater than the amount set in chapter 56, part 3 of this title, but may not be greater than ten thousand dollars ($10,000). The transaction shall be evidenced by written contract. In cases where the board indicates by unanimous resolution of those present at the meeting, based upon the written recommendation of the manager, that it is clearly to the advantage of the city not to contract with competitive bidding, it may authorize noncompetitive contracts.

(d) The city manager may reject all bids and authorize the making of public improvements or accomplishment of any other city work by any city department.

(e) Purchasing and contract procedures not prescribed by this charter or other law may be established by ordinance.

(f) The board of commissioners may by ordinance delegate to the city manager the authority to enter into binding contracts on behalf of the city, without specific board approval, in routine matters and matters having insubstantial long-term consequences. The ordinance shall enumerate the types of matters to which the city manager’s authority extends and may place other limitations on the city manager’s authority under this subsection (f). As used in this subsection (f) “routine matters and matters having insubstantial long-term consequences” means any contract for which expenditures during the fiscal year will be less than ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

6-21-108. Powers and duties of manager — The powers and duties of the city manager are to:

(1) See that the laws and ordinances are enforced, and upon knowledge or information of any violation thereof, see that prosecutions are instituted in the city court;

(2) Except as otherwise provided in this charter, appoint, promote, demote, suspend, transfer, remove, and otherwise discipline all department heads and subordinate employees at any time, subject only to any personnel rules and regulations adopted by ordinance or resolution by the commission. Any hearings on, or appeals from, the city manager’s personnel decisions provided for in the personnel rules and regulations shall be exclusively before the city manager or a hearing officer designated by the city manager;

(3) Supervise and control the work of the recorder, the chief of police, the city attorney, treasurer, and all other officers, and of all departments and divisions created by this charter or which hereafter may be created by the board of commissioners;

(4) See that all terms and conditions imposed in favor of the city or its inhabitants in any public utility or franchise are faithfully done, kept and performed, and, upon knowledge or information of any violation thereof, call the same to the attention of the city attorney, who is hereby required to take such steps as are necessary to enforce the same;

(5) Attend all meetings of the board, with the right to take part in the discussion, but not to vote;

(6) Recommend to the board for adoption such measures as the city manager deems necessary or expedient;

(7) Act as budget commissioner and keep the board fully advised as to the financial condition and need of the city;

(8) Act as purchasing agent for the city and to purchase all material, supplies and equipment for the proper conduct of the city's business as provided in §6-19-104;

(9) Execute contracts on behalf of the city when this authority is delegated to the city manager by ordinance; and

(10) Perform such other duties as may be prescribed by this charter or required of the city manager by resolution or ordinance of the board.

6-22-128. Certification of availability of funds to meet contract obligations — No contract, agreement, or other obligation involving the expenditure of money shall be entered into, nor shall any ordinance, resolution or order for the expenditure of money be passed by the board of commissioners or be authorized by any officer of the city, unless the finance director shall first certify to the board or the proper officer, as the case may be, that the money required for such contract, agreement, obligation or expenditure, is in the treasury or safely assured to be forthcoming and available in time to comply with, or meet such contract, agreement, obligation or expenditures, and no contract, agreement or other obligation involving the expenditure of money payable from the proceeds of bonds of the city, shall be entered into until the issuance and sale of such bonds have been duly authorized in accordance with the provisions of this charter in reference to city bonds.

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