Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Politics Procurement Policy Notice of Motion, Council Meeting

Procurement Policy Notice of Motion, Council Meeting

The Aurora Council Meeting Agenda for this Tuesday October 27, 2015 will cover many items but there are a couple of items of interest that we thought to share.

Consider the Notice of Motion by Cllr Kim [2015-10-27 Council Agenda, pg. 52] proposing changes to the Town’s Procurement Policy in attempt to address issues raised during the last Council Meeting of Tuesday October 13, 2015 surrounding the process the Town used to select a supplier for the significant undertaking of L.E.D. Street Light Procurement in Aurora.

Rather than selecting a supplier following the typical advertising requirements with RFP (Request For Proposal) process and considering competitive solicitation, the Town was able to ‘piggyback on the results of the competitive procurement process of another government agency or public authority such as Local Authority Services (LAS)‘, something that Mr. Mar, Director of Legal and Legislative Services/Town Solicitor confirmed to Council was permitted by the Town’s current Procurement By-law.

So in Cllr Kim Notice of Motion, he suggests additional conditions be added to the Town of Aurora Procurement Policy to allow the Town to enter into a ‘Piggyback arrangement‘ only if it retains freedom to conduct its own competitive solicitation (RFP) for bids; and all relevant information is disclosed related to costs/fees, cancellation charges, the names of all bidders and their contract bids. It will be interesting to see how Council chooses to proceed.

“A policy is a deliberate system of principles to guide decisions and achieve rational outcomes.”

Another item worth mentioning is information received from the Regional Report, York Regional Council Highlights – October 15, 2015 [2015-10-27 Council Agenda, pg. 54], specifically related to the York Region water and wastewater program. It sounds like to achieve full cost recovery a new price structure for water and wastewater services was approved by York Regional Council.

Taking effect ‘April 2016 the Regional portion of an average household’s monthly water and wastewater bill will increase nine per cent annually (9 %) for the next five years.’ Ouch! The report goes on to explain and justify ‘full cost recovery pricing‘ and what it means to both residential and business services. There’s not much that can be said about these types of increasing costs except be prepared for more increases in the future and your best protection is always to try to consume less.

Those were just a couple of items that caught our attention. The entire agenda can be found on the Town of Aurora web site.

Aurora Year 2019 in Review

Town of Aurora

Town of Aurora 2019 Year in Review, My Perspective

Let me reflect on the Town of Aurora 2019 year in review from my perspective. I've decided to share below some of...

Aurora ON Year 2019 in Photos, Visual Changes

Today I am going to share with you some of the changes that took place in the Town of Aurora ON in...

More...

End of Summer View of the Adena Springs North, Photo

I guess the theme of my latest photo blog posts is about horse farms. While driving south on Bayview the other evening...

Dick Day Horse Stable, Another View and a Bit of History – Jim Day

I found this photo of the Dick Day Horse Stable taken about three years ago (May 26th, 2017), a view from Yonge...

The Auroran Letters to the Editor: Aurora Ward System – As Decided by Council

My Letter to the Editor submission - THE AURORAN, Thursday, September 17, 2020, page 4 and 24, a shorter version of my...

Library Square, Concerned Community Members – In Photos

Despite the economic uncertainty stemming from COVID-19, on August 25th, 2020 Aurora Council, with a split vote of 4-3, awarded a construction...

Aurora Ward System – As Decided by Council

Aurora ward system implementation for the 2022 Municipal Elections is now completed following the passing of the by-law on ward boundaries on...

Please do not take images from the Living in Aurora blog and do not re-post them on your website (especially if your site is of commercial nature) or your social media. This site is equipped with a plugin which allows you to share on different social platforms. The watermark on the photos is to identify the artist. Please read my copyright statement below.

Photos, audio & video, mixed media, and written content, Copyright © Anna Lozyk Romeo, unless otherwise specified. Use and/or reproduction, by any person or organization, of images or information contained on LivingInAurora.com blog is not permitted without the written consent of the respective owners of this blog. Unauthorized use of images and information from this blog constitutes a violation of international copyright, trademark, privacy and communication regulations.