Article 114. Kern County Water Agency of California Public Contract Code >> Division 2. >> Part 3. >> Chapter 1.5. >> Article 114.
The provisions of this article shall apply to contracts by
the Kern County Water Agency, as provided for in Chapter 1003 of the
Statutes of 1961.
(a) All contracts for any improvement or unit of work, when
the cost according to the estimate of the engineer will exceed ten
thousand dollars ($10,000), shall be let to the lowest responsible
bidder or bidders as provided in this article. The board shall first
determine whether the contract shall be let as a single unit, or
divided into severable parts. The board shall advertise for bids by
three insertions in a daily newspaper of general circulation or by
two insertions in a weekly newspaper of general circulation printed
and published in the agency, inviting sealed proposals for the
construction or performance of the improvement or work. The call for
bids shall state whether the work shall be performed in one unit or
divided into parts. The work may be let under a single contract or
several contracts, as stated in such call. The board shall require
the successful bidders to file with the board good and sufficient
bonds to be approved by the board conditioned upon the faithful
performance of the contract and upon the payment of their claims for
labor and material. The bonds shall comply with Title 3 (commencing
with Section 9000) of Part 6 of Division 4 of the Civil Code. The
board may reject any bid.
(b) In the event all proposals are rejected or no proposals are
received, or the estimated cost of the work does not exceed ten
thousand dollars ($10,000), or the work consists of channel
protection, maintenance work, or emergency work, the board may have
the work done by force account without advertising for bids. 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
(c) The agency may purchase in the open market without advertising
for bids, materials and supplies for use in any work, either under
contract or by force account; provided, however, that materials and
supplies for use in any new construction work or improvement, except
work referred to in subdivision (b), may not be purchased if the cost
exceeds ten thousand dollars ($10,000), without advertising for bids
and awarding the contract to the lowest responsible bidder.
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).