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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

Bid Requirements


Bid Return Label

Sample of Contract

Current Bid Invitations

Please contact the Purchasing Department for complete Bid Packets





BID INVITATION 39-15 Lane Waverly Bridge Inspections RFQ


BID INVITATION BID # 39-09 Sidewalk Replacement at 415 Howe Avenue


BID INVITATION 39-07 Natural Gas for the City of Shelton


City Hall
54 Hill Street – Second Floor
Shelton, CT 06484


(203) 924-1555 ext. 1506


(203) 924-4273


Tuesday - Friday 8:00 A.M. – 5:30 P.M.

Dept. Head:

Gene Sullivan

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To receive bid specifications please contact the purchasing department, (203) 924-1555 Ext.1304.

Use and Placement of Carts for Collection

Automated carts have been distributed to residents. The BLUE one is for recycling; the BROWN one is for trash. Trash and recycling will only be collected in the approved containers provided. Do NOT put your name on the carts. The carts have been assigned to your address, NOT to you. You may put your address below the handle.

The initial carts are being provided to you at no cost to improve the quality of your collection service by:

  • Keeping papers, odors, refuse, etc., in the cart….the elements and animals out.
  • Improving your community’s appearance.
  • Provides a quiet, easy to handle container to store and move refuse.
  • Offering a safe, convenient and effective way to handle household waste

Loading Your Cart

To place trash or recycling in your cart, always lift the lid from the front. Be careful to not overload your cart in excess of your ability to safely maneuver it. Trash must be in plastic bags. Do not place the following in your cart:

Paint – Solvents – Gasoline – Soil – Acids – Oil – Hot Ashes – Medical waste – Exposed needles – Sand – Rocks.

NOTE:  Latex Paint is non-hazardous – completely dried may be disposed of in your Trash Cart.

Placing Your Carts for Collection

Make sure the lid is closed. Then grab the handle and use the convenient “tilt and go” design feature (between the wheels at the rear of the cart), and tilt the cart back slightly. Now, safely and easily push or pull the cart. The cart is designed to withstand dragging, however, for easy use, tilt and roll. Don’t forget: always close the lid before moving, and on inclines pull the cart uphill and push the cart downhill. Put your cart out by 5:00 a.m. on your specified pick-up day and place it with the arrow facing the street (or pick-up point) and the handle side facing your house(or away from the collection point). Containers may be placed for collection in the evening preceding the day on which collections will be made, however no earlier than 6:00 p.m. or dusk, whichever is earlier. Always keep the lid closed. This will keep animals, rain, snow and ice out, refuse and odors in the cart. Do not place your carts within three (3) ft. of each other or any other obstructions such as mailboxes, utility poles, fire hydrants, and parked cars or under trees.

If Cart is over filled or not accessible by the truck, your cart will not be collected.

After Collection

Do not leave your cart at the curb or street. To help maintain the appearance of your neighborhood, remove your cart as soon after collection as possible. Carts must be removed no later than 16 hours after collections have been made. Your new cart is designed to be stored in your garage or other convenient location next to your home. Take care to not store your cart close to a furnace, fireplace, grill or other source of excessive heat.


Additional Questions concerning Collection issues call: Highways & Bridges at 203-924-9277