The City of Springfield once again wants to purchase something without getting local bids. Some aldermen are saying, here we go again.
The ordinance before aldermen would use the National Joint Powers Alliance, also used to procure the maligned NAPA contract, for “personal property, supplies and services.”
“This ordinance will make it impossible to compete for our local vendors to compete for goods and service contracting,” said Ward 7 Alderman Joe McMenamin. “It’s really a way around our local preference.”
Ward 2’s Gail Simpson echoed similar sentiments.
“I think it smacks in the face of, like other aldermen have said, local vendors who may want an opportunity to bid on services,” she said.
Mayor Mike Houston says only City Water Light and Power would use the agreement to buy “big ticket” items not available locally, which he says has potential to save big money. But the ordinance doesn’t say only CWLP will use the contract. Houston couldn’t give a specific answer as to why that wording wasn’t included.
The city council will debate it next week, though some aldermen didn’t even want it to get that far.