Article 95. Santa Cruz County Flood Control And Water Conservation District of California Public Contract Code >> Division 2. >> Part 3. >> Chapter 1.5. >> Article 95.

The provisions of this article shall apply to contracts by the Santa Cruz County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, as provided for in Chapter 1489 of the Statutes of 1955.
All contracts for the construction of any unit of work, except as provided in Sections 21292 and 21298, estimated to cost in excess of five thousand dollars ($5,000) shall be let to the lowest responsible bidder in the manner hereinafter provided.
Materials and supplies for use in any new construction work or improvement, may not be purchased if the cost thereof exceeds five thousand dollars ($5,000), without advertising for bids and awarding the contract therefor to the lowest responsible bidder.
The board shall adopt plans, specifications, strain sheets, and working details for the work.
The board shall cause an advertisement for bids for the performance of the work on the purchase of materials to be published in the county pursuant to Section 6061 of the Government Code, at least 10 days before the day set for opening bids.
All bidders shall be afforded opportunity to examine the plans, specifications, strain sheets and working details.
All proposals or bids offered shall be accompanied by a cashier's or certified check payable to the district, for an amount which shall not be less than 10 percent of the aggregate of the proposal, or by a bond for that amount and so payable, signed by the bidder and two sureties, who shall justify, in double that amount, before any officer competent to administer an oath, and over and above all statutory exemptions, or by a corporate surety bond, to the satisfaction and approval of the district.
The board shall award the contract to the lowest responsible bidder, and the person to whom the contract is awarded shall perform the work in accordance with the plans, specifications, strain sheets, and working details, unless the contract is modified by a four-fifths vote of the board.
The person to whom the contract is awarded shall execute a bond to be approved by the board for the faithful performance of the contract.
If the board is advised by its engineer, or by the county surveyor or engineer, that any facility can be constructed or repaired for a sum less than the lowest responsible bid, it may reject all bids and order the work done by day's work under the supervision and direction of the county surveyor or engineer or its engineer as determined by the board.
(a) By the unanimous consent of the whole board in cases of emergency, except for compliance with subdivision (b), the board may proceed at once to replace or repair any and all structures without adopting the plans, specifications, strain sheets, or working details or giving notice for bids to let contracts. The work may be done by day labor under the direction of the board, by contract, or by a combination of the two. If the work is done wholly or in part by contract, the contractor shall be paid the actual cost of material and labor expended by him or her in doing the work, plus not more than 15 percent to cover all profits, supervisions, use of machinery and tools, and other expenses. No more than the lowest current market prices shall be paid for materials.
  (b) In case of an emergency, if notice for bids to let contracts will not be given, the board shall comply with Chapter 2.5 (commencing with Section 22050).
The plans and specifications adopted by the board for the erection, alteration, construction, or repair of any public building or other public structure shall not be altered or changed in any manner which increases its cost, except by a vote of two-thirds of the members of the board.
Whenever the board enters into a contract for the erection, construction, alteration, or repair of any public building or other structure, the contract shall not be altered or changed in any manner, except by order adopted by a vote of two-thirds of the board, and the consent of the contractor.
If any change or alteration of the contract is ordered, it shall be specified in writing and the cost agreed upon between the board and the contractor. If the cost so agreed upon:
  (a) Does not exceed the amount specified in Section 113, or
  (b) Does not exceed 10 percent of the original contract price, the board may authorize the contractor to proceed with the change or alteration without the formality of obtaining bids therefor. No change or alteration shall be authorized the amount of which is within the limitation specified in subdivision (b) and in excess of the limitation specified in subdivision (a) except by four-fifths vote of the board.
If the cost of the works is reduced by reason of any modification of the contract an adjustment shall be made with the district therefor.
Personal property may be purchased in the manner provided therefor for the county.
The provisions of this article do not apply to work to be performed by others pursuant to Section 21297.
(a) It may make and enter into contracts with the United States, the State of California, any political subdivision, county, municipality, district, agency, or mandatory of the State of California or of the United States and any department, board, bureau, or commission of the State of California or the United States, or any person, firm, association, or corporation, jointly or severally, for the acquisition of property or rights or the construction, maintenance, and operation in whole or in part of any or all works and improvements provided for in this act.
  (b) It may lease or rent to or from any of the parties named in subdivision (a) any property or rights necessary, in the opinion of the board, to accomplish or carry out any of the work or improvement or the maintenance thereof herein provided and under such terms and conditions as may be agreed upon between the parties.
  (c) It may receive and accept any and all contributions in labor, material, or money from any of the parties named in subdivision (a), to be applied to the work or improvement herein provided for.
  (d) It may cooperate and contract with the United States under the Federal Reclamation Act of June 17, 1902, and all acts amendatory thereof or supplementary thereto or any other act of Congress heretofore or hereafter enacted permitting cooperation or contract for the purposes of construction of works, whether for irrigation, drainage, or flood control, or for the acquisition, purchase, extension, operation, or maintenance of such works, or for a water supply for any purposes, or for the assumption as principal or guarantor of indebtedness to the United States, or for carrying out any of the purposes of the district, and to carry out and perform the terms of any contract so made.