Cham­ber sways coun­cil on pur­chas­ing pol­icy up­dates

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On May 8, the Drumheller Cham­ber of Com­merce Busi­ness Ad­vo­cacy Com­mit­tee brought forth new changes to the cur­rent pur­chas­ing pol­icy in­stilled by coun­cil.

The cham­ber was proac­tive in its think­ing by ex­am­in­ing, re­search­ing, and com­par­ing other com­mu­ni­ties to Drumheller, ul­ti­mately cre­at­ing amend­ments to the pol­icy.

“We had been work­ing on this pol­icy for sev­eral months do­ing our due dili­gence re­search­ing other com­mu­nity ex­am­ples and then we crafted our pol­icy rec­om­men­da­tions which were put for­ward to the town back in May,” said Heather Bitz, Cham­ber of Com­merce Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor. “It was well re­ceived.”

The pol­icy amend­ments give lo­cal sup­pli­ers pref­er­ence, where all bids or quo­ta­tions of­fered for con­sid­er­a­tion are deemed equal. Town ad­min­is­tra­tion in­cluded a clause that the Town will post bid op­por­tu­ni­ties for goods and ser­vices be­tween $5,000 and $75,000 on the Town web­site. A pre-tax dif­fer­en­tial of five per cent up to $25,000 for lo­cal sup­pli­ers has also been in­cor­po­rated.

“I think it’s an op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal busi­nesses to be aware or more aware of the op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able to them to do busi­ness with the Town of Drumheller by the Town be­ing more trans­par­ent on the op­por­tu­ni­ties they are look­ing for to post on their web­site for goods and ser­vices they re­quire,” said Bitz.

Both the cham­ber and ad­vo­cacy group are ex­cited to take this next step for­ward with the town by paving the way for lo­cal busi­nesses.

“This is very much an ad­vo­cacy win for the cham­ber,” Bitz added. “This is our first of­fi­cial at­tempt in do­ing ad­vo­cacy in this way by pre­sent­ing a pol­icy rec­om­men­da­tion to coun­cil. It was a lot of hard work and ef­fort put into it by our com­mit­tee mem­bers. We are happy to work with the town on in­cor­po­rat­ing some change.”

An im­age of Drumheller Town Hall on Au­gust 15, 2017.

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