By Kathleen Sloan
The Truth or Consequences City Commission held a work session on procurement procedures at Commissioner Steve Green’s request on Tuesday, April 24, at 5 p.m., an hour before their regular session.
Procurement Officer Pat Wood gave a presentation, mostly delineating amounts that require verbal and written quotes or public bidding.
But Green’s purpose was to get legal clarification on the city’s ability to buy locally. He said, “It makes me sick” to see so much money expended out-of-town, giving the example of a $7,000 purchase for tires.
Wood said, “I would say 75 percent of our vendors are local.”
Commissioner Freddie Torres said, “I’ve never heard any complaints.”
Green persisted. He asked if local vendors could legally be notified of the regular purchases, “so they know what to buy and how much,” and then asked to give quotes for those items to remain constant for a year. No definitive answer was given.
Woods and Torres said wholesale pricing available out-of-town was necessary to get the best deal for the city.
Resident Audon Trujillo gave comment, and said his background is in procurement. He pointed out that what Pat Wood had presented was not a procurement policy and, “I don’t believe you have one.”
“We could do better by having a policy – a five-, 10-, 15-percent differential to buy locally. Is this done? Yes. Maybe (city attorney) Jay Rubin can check. You can also do a blanket purchase order agreement. For example, if you spend $10,000 on paper, you can have two competitors, at the beginning of the year give pricing. You don’t have to go to Albuquerque,” said Trujillo.
Trujillo brought up a second point: “Why is Rubin signing city documents? He’s a city contractor.”
No answer was given.
No action could be or was taken during the work session.