(70 ILCS 2805/14)
(from Ch. 42, par. 425)
Except as otherwise provided in this Section, all contracts
for purchases or sales by the sanitary district, the
expense of which will exceed the mandatory competitive bid threshold, shall be
let to the lowest responsible
bidder therefor upon not less than 14 days' public notice of the terms and
conditions upon which the contract is to be let, having been given by
publication in a daily or weekly newspaper
published in the district or, if there is no newspaper published in the
district, in a newspaper published in the county and having general circulation
district, and the board may reject any and all bids, and readvertise.
services in excess of the mandatory competitive bid threshold
may, subject to the provisions of this
Section, be let by competitive bidding at the discretion of the district
board of trustees. All contracts for purchases or sales that will not
exceed the mandatory competitive bid threshold may be made in the open market without publication
in a newspaper as above provided, but whenever practical shall be based on
at least 3 competitive bids. For purposes of this Section, the "mandatory
competitive bid threshold"
is a dollar amount equal to 0.1% of the total general fixed
assets of the district as reported in the most recent required audit report.
no event, however, shall the mandatory competitive bid threshold dollar amount
be less than $10,000, nor more than $40,000.
Cash, a cashier's check, a
certified check, or a bid bond with adequate surety approved by the board of
trustees as a deposit of good faith, in a reasonable amount, but not in excess
of 10% of the contract amount, may be required of each bidder by the district
on all bids involving amounts in excess of the mandatory competitive bid
threshold and, if so required, the advertisement for bids shall
Contracts which by their nature are not adapted to award by competitive
bidding, including, without limitation, contracts for the services of
individuals, groups or firms possessing a high degree of professional skill
where the ability or fitness of the individual or organization plays an
important part, contracts for financial management services undertaken
pursuant to the Public Funds Investment Act,
contracts for the purchase or sale of utilities, contracts for materials
economically procurable only from a single source of supply and leases of
real property where the sanitary district is the lessee shall not be
subject to the competitive bidding requirements of this Section.
Where the board of trustees declares, by a 2/3 vote of all members of the
board, that there exists an emergency affecting the public health or
safety, contracts totaling not more than the emergency contract cap may be let to the extent
necessary to resolve such emergency without public advertisement or
competitive bidding. For purposes of this Section, the "emergency contract
cap" is a dollar
amount equal to 0.4% of the total general fixed assets of
district as reported in the most recent required audit report.
In no event,
however, shall the emergency contract cap dollar amount be less than $40,000,
nor more than $100,000.
The ordinance or resolution embodying the
emergency declaration shall contain the date upon which such emergency will
terminate. The board of trustees may extend the termination date if in
its judgment the circumstances so require. A full written account of the
emergency, together with a requisition for the materials, supplies, labor
or equipment required therefor shall be submitted immediately upon completion
and shall be open to public inspection for a period of at least one year
subsequent to the date of such emergency purchase.
Within 30 days after the passage of the resolution or ordinance declaring an
affecting the public health or safety, the District shall submit to the
Environmental Protection Agency the full written account of any such emergency
with a copy of the resolution or ordinance declaring the emergency, in
requirements as may be provided by rule.
(Source: P.A. 91-547, eff. 8-14-99; 92-195, eff. 1-1-02.)