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Section 8-105 When Formal Bids Required.

The Council shall make no purchase of supplies or material in which a written contract is required under this Charter, without having duly advertised for bids on the same in the City official newspaper. On all other purchases of supplies and material, informal bids may be obtained. The Council shall have no power to let any contract for any public improvement or for any supplies for the City of Portland for which formal bids are required unless such contract be let to the responsible bidder for the class or kinds selected by the Council whose bid is found by the Council to be most advantageous to the City. The Council shall have the right to reject any and all bids or any part thereof. This provision shall not prevent the Council from employing labor direct to construct or carry on public works or to make public improvements. This Section shall not be applicable to purchase of particular supplies or material when the Council determines that no other product of equal value, utility or merit to the City is available for the same purpose or that the particular make or design of product is necessary for use in connection with equipment or property already owned or being acquired by the City, or that it is otherwise impracticable to obtain competition; in the event of such determination, the Council may authorize purchase without prior bidding or advertisement therefor.

Notwithstanding the provisions of this Section, the Council may authorize obtaining informal bids without advertising when materials or supplies or a particular public improvement are urgently necessary for the public welfare and the time for advertising would result in delay improper in the circumstance.

If the Council has rejected all bids on the ground that the same were excessive, identical, collusive, non-responsive or otherwise unacceptable in the public interest, further advertising may be waived by the Council, and purchases or improvements may be authorized within ninety (90) days after such rejection without bids on a negotiated basis. [Ch. 1903, sec. 164; am. May 3, 1913, part of new sec. 96; rev. 1914, sec. 150; 1928 pub., sec. 150; 1942 recod., sec. 8-106; am. May 21, 1954; rev. Nov. 6, 1962.]