About the Purchasing Department
The Purchasing Agent is responsible for purchases regulated by the City and its Charter, section 7.14 The Purchasing Agent reports directly to the Director of Finance.
The Purchasing Department is located at 54 Hill Street, Shelton, Ct 06484. The office is open Tuesday thru Friday 8:00am - 5:30pm.
All appointments are scheduled in advance by calling 203-924-1555 x 1506
The Purchasing Agent shall let to bid all purchases (including those made by the Board of Education) which reasonably may involve the expenditure of Five Thousand Dollars ($7,500.00) or more by the Invitation of sealed bids, giving at least ten (10) days notice of the closing for bids by publication at least once In a newspaper having A substantial circulation in the City. Within five (5) days after the closing date for bids, the bids shall be opened publicly by the Purchasing Agent contract for the purchase to the lowest responsible bidder, provided however, the City may reject any, all or any part of any bids. If the authority to award contracts has been delegated, shall award contracts. The Board of Aldermen may establish such other regulations for purchases and bidding as It deems appropriate.
When any purchase Involves an expenditure In excess of TwoThousand Dollars ($2,000.00) and does not exceed SevenThousand FiveHundred and Ninety Nine Dollars ($7,500.00), the Purchasing Agent, or In the case of the Board of Education, an agent designated by the Board of Education, shall obtain a minimum of three written proposals for the purchase of the item and shall make such purchase from the lowest responsible vendor, unless the Purchasing Agent, or In the case of the Board of Education, an agent designated by the Board of Education determines other wise and in that event, the Purchasing Agent or in the case, of the Board of Education, an agent designated by the Board of Education shall create and maintain a written record of the reasons for such choice.
"Purchase" as used herein shall be defined to include the purchase In any fiscal year of any item, service or combination of items or services which singly or in the aggregate total the amounts indicated herein. Aggregate purchases shall not be divided into smaller increments so as to avoid the provisions called for herein.
The Board of Aldermen and the Board of Education for its purchases shall establish by resolution those services which are considered as professional and as to which bidding is not required. The Board of Aldermen and the Board of Education respectively may by such resolution establish such procedures with regard thereto as each deems reasonable. When the purchase of goods and the provision for services are combined, that portion involving the purchase of goods shall be subject to the provisions of this section.
Waiver of Bids: Whenever the Purchasing Agent shall determine that bidding for any particular goods or services would be impractical, impossible, or unwise, the Purchasing Agent shall recommend to the Board of Aldermen that bids be waived. Each such recommendation shall be in writing and shall state its reason. If the Board approves such recommendation by an affirmative vote of at least six (6) of the eight (8) members, bids shall, be waived and the goods or services shall be purchased In such manner as the Board of Aldermen directs.
The Director of Finance shall record the amount of each authorized purchase and each contract for a future purchase a encumbrance against the appropriation from which it is paid or to be paid.
Each charge and prospective charge against at the City shall state the Department and the appropriation against which it is to be charged. The Director of Finance or his agent shall audit and approve as correct and valid each charge against the City and shall authorize payment of all approved charges in writing. At the end of each month the Board of Apportionment and Taxation shall review the charges against the City for the preceding month and may make recommendations to the Mayor concerning charges against the City.
The Director of Finance shall prescribe the time at which and the manner in which persons receiving money for the account of the City shall be paid.
Online Purchasing Forms
Current Bid Invitations
Please contact the Purchasing Department for complete Bid Packets
54 Hill Street – Second Floor
Shelton, CT 06484
(203) 924-1555 ext. 1506
Tuesday - Friday 8:00 A.M. – 5:30 P.M.
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To receive bid specifications please contact the purchasing department, (203) 924-1555 Ext.1304.
Highways and Bridges
The Highway & Bridges Department maintains most of Shelton’s infrastructure. With a staff of 35 employees the department is responsible to maintain and repair over 600 city streets that cover 216 miles. They maintain over 4000 catch basins, 60 miles of sanitary sewer, the repair and installation of curbing, drainage, guard rails, street and traffic control signs, mowing and brush cutting. As well as maintaining the City’s 220 pieces of equipment and vehicles. In addition, they coordinate the municipal Trash and recycling collection, household hazardous waste day collection and the curb side bagged leaves collection each spring and fall for the composting program. Consistently, they respond to off hour emergencies such as black ice, fallen trees, or sewer backups.
Snow and ice removal from city streets is one of the most visible/vital functions performed by the Department, and is subject to the most variables. We strive to be expeditious and efficient in the removal of snow and ice from city streets, municipal buildings and commuter parking lots. Various control procedures have been established to ensure effective service is provided to arterial and residential streets.
The City is divided into 23 plow routes, each with its own primary and secondary routes. Primary routes and bus routes receive priority attention during snow and ice control operations. These routes are treated so as to achieve bare pavement as soon as possible following the conclusion of a snowstorm. The department’s objective is to have all primary and secondary routes treated and or plowed within 12 hours following the conclusion of a snowfall.
During snow and ice conditions, emergency calls from the Police and Fire Departments regarding accidents, medical or other emergency conditions are given priority. Requests for treating non-priority streets during a snow event generally cannot be honored. We ask all citizens to recognize that snowfalls do not discriminate in the creation of treacherous road conditions. The conditions that prompt a call about poor road conditions probably exist throughout the City. Rerouting equipment in response to such a call disrupts the pattern that is designed ultimately to clear the entire City of hazard. It is the responsibility of the City Highway Department to provide an adequate driving surface as soon as possible following a snowfall.
At the onset of a snowfall, the efforts of the department are initially directed toward priority routes. Upon completion of the designated priority routes, the department moves on and begins treatment of secondary streets with hilly and curved areas. Next flat secondary routes are spot salted with emphasis at intersections and stop signs. Streets in residential areas are considered lower priority and are spot salted after priority and secondary routes are completed.
A most frequent complaint from residents is that their driveways and sidewalks have been plowed full of snow by the trucks. While this is an inconvenience, it is necessary if streets are to be cleared for travel in a timely, cost- effective manner. If snow and ice are allowed to remain on the streets, it causes poor drainage and deterioration of asphalt. Safety is another factor. Many streets are bordered by parking spaces. Allowing snow to pile up can create a hazard by forcing parked cars closer to traffic as more snow accumulates. Therefore, plow drivers will try to clear the streets to the curb line. To minimize the frustrating problem of the snowplow covering your driveway with snow after you’ve just shoveled it, stand facing the street and shovel snow into the yard instead of into the street. Depositing of snow or ice onto any public street or sidewalk is prohibited. Snow must be kept on the property it comes from. Snow from your driveway may not be taken across the street. This also applies to private vendors who plow for fees. This is against City Ordinances and you may be fined.
We are asking all residents to be patient in the event of a snow storm. The plows will get to your street as quickly as possible. However, your patience is of utmost importance. Everyone would like their road or street plowed first; however, we have limited crews with a limited amount of trucks and plows. PLEASE understand our crews are trying their best to accommodate everyone, however, we cannot do it all at once.
WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND UNDERSTANDING
Mailbox Damage Policy
Regrettably, in extreme winter conditions, mailboxes can be damaged during snow removal because they are installed close to the road in the highway right-of-way as a courtesy to the US Postal Service. In most cases, damage to mailboxes is a result of the force of snow coming off a plow’s blade. This scenario is dependent on weather conditions, amount of snowfall, and the weight of snow. Residents should check their mailboxes and their supporting posts in the fall to see if they could stand the rigors of a heavy snowfall. The City will not replace any mailboxes that are not directly hit by the plow. If you believe a City of Shelton plow directly hit and damaged your mailbox, it must be reported within 48 hrs from the end of the storm. If it is determined that the City is responsible for the damaged box and the associated structure, it will make the necessary repairs. If the mailbox is damaged beyond repair per Ordinance sec. 14-7 the liability of the city will be the lesser of the actual cost of repair or the sum of seventy-five dollars ($75.00) This is normally a standard rural mailbox and a 4X4 post. If, due to weather conditions, permanent installation can’t be made, a temporary box and post will be installed.
Shelton Highways and Bridges Department
41 Myrtle Street
Shelton, CT 06484
Monday-Friday 7:00 am – 2:30 pm