Minot works on buying local

Published: Dec. 16, 2019 at 7:51 PM CST
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The Minot Buy Local Task Force hopes to have an updated purchasing policy enacted at Monday’s city council meeting.

The policy works to ensure local businesses have the option to provide services to city departments.

The purchasing policy lays out a plan of action for city departments seeking to secure contracts.

It includes defining what constitutes a "local vendor," employing Purchasing Agents and Purchasing Officers to help with the bidding process, requiring those agents to collect at least one formal or informal bid from local vendors for city contracts, and guidelines for awarding a contract after bidding is complete.

President of the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce says that local business won't be required to provide services, but they should at least be given the option.

“It'll be up to the city departments to decide who they call. And it'll be up to the businesses then to determine you know, how badly they want as play in the market. Businesses don't have to offer their services, but the city departments need to reach out and at least inquire of a local business,” said MacMartin.

Monday night will be the formal first reading of the policy since its introduction earlier this month.

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