The Sandy Springs City Council adopted a new state law, which essentially streamlines bidding out of contracts, at its last meeting June 3. The city’s governing body by a 6-0 vote passed an amendment to the city’s purchasing policies to incorporate provisions of Georgia House Bill 774, which changes the threshold in which municipalities can negotiate.
The aforementioned entails the use of no-bid contracts up to $200,000 — a significant increase from the previous $20,000 threshold.
District 1 Councilman John Paulson recently expressed a favorable view of the change.
“As long as it’s for construction projects, I think it’s a good idea,” he said.
“We, the city, also have our own checks and balances internally. But I believe this gives the city a little more flexibility when it comes to projects … and shortening the time and the costs of putting a project down.”
The bill, having already been signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal, goes into effect July 1.
“The city has a lot of projects that are [smaller] and fit in this category,” Paulson said. “The time and effort and cost of putting a full-fledged bid together … to me, it just seemed like it didn’t have [to be] this way.
“So, I’m encouraged that this can save us both time for bidding as well as money in terms of prepping — preparing for the bids.”
In other news, the new pedestrian bridge on Dunwoody Club Drive has opened. Sandy Springs officials were scheduled to open it formally Tuesday.
The structure was added as part of maintenance and repairs on the existing bridge located between Grapevine Run and Ball Mill Place. The move was designed to provide pedestrians with continuous sidewalk connectivity along Dunwoody Club from Jett Ferry to Mill Shire Lane.
The makeover — close to $200,000, according to a rough estimate — has been a year and a half in the making.
It was also a pet project of Paulson’s; the bridge is located in his district.
“I think it’s a great project,” he said. “The city has sidewalks on both sides, so we’re encouraging walking. Before this bridge, in order to walk across this area you actually had to step into the street. And that was just unsafe.”