By Marshall Dunham
In a regular meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 17, the Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) authorized the county’s participation with an agency that will help the county lower the costs that come with putting items out to bid and awarding contracts.
That participation will come in the form of a cooperative purchasing agreement with the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA).
Archuleta County Administrator Bentley Henderson presented the resolution to the board, stating that the NJPA “is an entity that, for all intents and purposes, does all the necessary and legally mandated procurement processes to identify vendors for the purchase of goods and services.”
In other words, the NJPA helps the county put items out to bid while also awarding contracts.
According to the NJPA’s website, the NJPA has “competitively bid and awarded nearly 200 contracts and over 527 construction related contracts. NJPA contracts save members valuable time and money; because NJPA has legislative authority to procure contracts and uses the same competitive bidding process as municipalities, members don’t have to duplicate the process and can instead use contracts already procured by NJPA.”
The NJPA has more than 50,000 vendors and members nationwide.