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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.

  • Saves Money-Reduces the cost of disposal fees for the City.
  • Recycling conserves Natural Resources, such as Timber, Water and Minerals.
  • Reduces Pollution by reducing the need to collect raw materials.
  • Saves Energy – Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours, or the equivalent of a half gallon of gasoline.
  • Reduces Greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Helps sustain the environment for future generations.
  • Helps create new jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries in the U.S.
  • Recycling is MANDATORY- CT Law prohibits mixing recyclables and waste.

In Connecticut and in Shelton, recycling is the LAW. Every resident, every business (including non-profits), all public and private agencies, institutions such as colleges, hospitals, local and state government agencies, all must recycle.

And Remember, if you are not buying recycled products- you are not really recycling!  Check package and product labels to see if they are made with recycled or recyclable materials.

Items Not to Include:

Plastic bags, Food waste, Used paper plates, Styrofoam, Foam egg cartons, Ice cream cartons, Dishes, Ceramics, Sporting goods, Electronics, Batteries, Hazardous chemical containers, Motor oil containers.

What can be put into the Recycling (BLUE) Cart?

When in doubt about what goes into your Blue Cart please call our Recycling Coordinator   203-924-1555 ext. 1370

*Note: All food containers must be empty, rinsed and free of food residue.


  • Aluminum foil /Saran wrap boxes
  • Books ( remove covers on HARD copy books)
  • Cereal /Pasta boxes
  • Corrugated Cardboard (cut in pieces to fit into cart)
  • Cracker boxes (liner removed)
  • Egg cartons (no foam cartons)
  • Envelopes
  • File folders
  •  Junk Mail /Magazines
  • Newspapers / Flyers
  • Paper bags
  • Paper towel /Toilet paper rolls
  • Phonebooks
  • Pizza Boxes (uncontaminated)
  • Ream wrappers
  • School papers
  • Shredded paper (in paper bags only)
  • Tissue boxes


  • All numbered 1-7 Plastic containers
  • Bottles  (Caps left on or squeezed into bottle)
  • Hard Plastics (toys, hangers, small appliances, CD cases)
  • Jugs/ Tubs (microwave trays, yogurt, margarine, etc)
  • Lids (only larger than 2” in diameter)
  • Medicine bottles (script and over the counter)
  • Six-Pack Rings


  • Bottles & Jars
  • (Clear, Green or Brown ONLY)


  • Aerosol cans (empty)
  • Aluminum foil (clean)
  • Jar lids (only ones larger than 2” in diameter)
  • Pots & Pans
  • Scrap metal
  • Small Appliances (toasters, irons, can openers, etc.)
  • Tin & Aluminum Cans( with lids, only if still attached)
  • Wire hangers