Council to adopt new ten­ders pro­ce­dure

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

WICK­LOW County Council is to adopt a new process for the open­ing of ten­ders.

While elected mem­bers are en­ti­tled to be present at the open­ing of a ten­der, some lo­cal au­thor­i­ties do not re­quire a public rep­re­sen­ta­tive to at­tend as e-ten­ders can­not be opened be­fore the clos­ing date.

The Septem­ber meet­ing of Wick­low County Council heard that an elected rep­re­sen­ta­tive would still be re­quired at the open­ing of hard­copy ten­der doc­u­ments. The process would be changed to re­move the re­quire­ment in re­la­tion to e-ten­ders as staff can­not open them be­fore the clos­ing date.

Cllr Joe Be­han (Ind) said that al­ter­ing the pro­to­col could set a ‘very bad prece­dent to go down the road of not hav­ing an elected mem­ber present, no mat­ter whether it’s elec­tronic or phys­i­cal.’ He said that the prac­tice of elected mem­bers sign­ing the cover sheet should con­tinue.

Cllr Gail Dunne (FF) sug­gested that to avoid a ‘scrab­ble to find coun­cil­lors’, ten­ders could be opened on Mon­days, when elected mem­bers tended to be in Council build­ings.

Cathaoir­leach Irene Win­ters (FG) called for a show of hands. Cllr Aoife Flynn-Kennedy (FG) pro­posed the mo­tion to change the process for the open­ing of ten­ders. This was sec­onded by Cllr Anne Fer­ris (Labour).

Cllr Be­han pro­posed the dis­sent­ing mo­tion that the ex­ist­ing process should re­main. The mo­tion was sec­onded by Cllr John Snell (Ind).

A vote was taken on both mo­tions at the same time with mem­bers in­di­cat­ing whether they wished the ex­ist­ing process to be changed or to re­main. 20 mem­bers voted in favour of the change, nine mem­bers voted to re­tain the ex­ist­ing process, one ab­stained and one mem­ber was not present. The mo­tion to change the Council’s ten­der process was passed.

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