The city’s prior contract to lease unmarked police vehicles was approved by city council December 22, 2015.
Even though the contract was for $250,000 it was not bid.
The police and purchasing departments used this ruse:
Section 252.022 of the Texas local government code exempts purchases from bidding requirements if certain reasons. Subsection (a)(2) reads: “a procurement necessary to preserve or protect the public health or safety of the municipality’s residents;”.
Where are we when even our police department games the system?
The contract awarded this week was sent out to bid yet they circumvented the process on the earlier contract. It seems to me that if leasing unmarked vehicles was some kind of public emergency last time it would be one this time.
These people should be ashamed.
Using their logic they could probably avoid bidding most of what the city needs under the ruse that the procurement would protect public health or safety.
We deserve better