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12-2829. Advertisements for bids; awarding of contracts. Advertisements for bids shall be published once in a daily newspaper of general circulation published in the metropolitan area, at least 10 calendar days before the time for receiving bids. The advertisement shall also be posted on readily accessible bulletin boards in the principal office of the authority. The advertisement shall state the time and place for receiving and opening bids and, by reference to plans and specifications on file at the time of the first publication or in the advertisement itself, shall describe the character of the proposed contract in sufficient detail to fully advise prospective bidders of their obligations and to insure free and open competitive bidding.

All bids in response to advertisement shall be sealed and shall be publicly opened by the board, and all bidders shall be entitled to be present in person or by representatives. Cash or a certified or satisfactory cashier's check, as a deposit of good faith, in a reasonable amount to be fixed by the board before advertising for bids, shall be required with the proposal of each bidder. Bond for faithful performance of the contract with surety or sureties satisfactory to the board and adequate insurance may be required in reasonable amounts fixed by the board before advertising for bids.

The contract shall be awarded as promptly as possible after the opening of bids. The bid of the successful bidder, as well as the bids of the unsuccessful bidders, shall be placed on file and be open to public inspection. All bids shall be void if any disclosure of the terms of any bid in response to an advertisement is made or permitted to be made by the board before the time fixed for opening bids.

History: L. 1955, ch. 118, § 29; L. 1981, ch. 173, § 30; July 1.

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