Sunday, April 17, 2011
Dunwoody to rebid City Services to up to Seven Contracted Private Companies.
The City of Dunwoody, soon after creation started offering services by setting three, three year contracts into place with private vendors to provide Public Works, Community Development and Financial & Administrative Services. This week the City released an RFP to rebid pretty much the same City Services but we have done so into several smaller pieces, so that smaller companies and subcontractors that are currently utilized might be able to compete for the bids. On the filpside, we are also allowing a large single company to also propose a single contract to provide all City services.
The City is searching for the Contractor(s) that will be able to provide municipal services in the following service areas: Public Works, Finance and Administrative Services, Planning and Zoning, Information Technology, Building Permits and Inspections, Parks and Recreation and Public Relations and Marketing. Bidders may respond to more than one service area.
The RFP is located here and I hope as many companies as possible apply as ultimately competition among applicants will improve city services and drive the overall price down.
The City of Sandy Springs who it looks like was locked in to a 5 year contract, is now following Dunwoody's lead by looking for smaller, more specialized contractors to replace the one single general contractor who currently sub-contacts much of the work. This video which highlights Sandy Springs has a lot of similarities to the City of Dunwoody.