Purchasing

The Utilities Commission welcomes the opportunity to do business with interested suppliers. The Materials Management Division consists of the Purchasing and Warehouse areas of the Utilities Commission. The Purchasing Division has the responsibility for procuring goods and services in the most efficient and effective way to achieve the best price consistent with the quality needed to meet the requirements of the Utilities Commission.

Purchasing is handled through our Centralized Purchasing Division, located at 200 Canal Street, New Smyrna Beach. Our warehouse is located at 1151 Field Street. We are always happy to meet our vendors. We extend an open invitation to call and make an appointment to visit us and let us learn about your service or products. It is recommended that initial contact with other UC departments be made through the Materials Management’s Purchasing Division. This will ensure proper processing and save valuable time for all parties.

Open bid information is available here. 

How We Purchase

Purchases under $1,000
The UC initiated a purchasing card program in 1998 to provide its employees with an effective alternate procurement method for low dollar purchases of amounts less than $1,000. The Utilities Commission is using the VISA purchasing card through Bank of America. Vendors who are capable of accepting and processing VISA are able to process small dollar amounts without the necessity of a purchase order. The use of Purchasing Cards reduces administrative and operational cost for the low dollar purchase. Field Purchase Order may also be issued for amounts under $1,000.

Small Procurement (Purchases under $5,000)
A minimum of three quotations is obtained for all purchases from $1,000 to $4,999. Quotations may be obtained by either competitive oral or written quotations.

Request for Quotation (Purchases of $5,000 to $24,999)
Written Quotations are obtained in writing and is a less formal process not requiring terms and conditons.

Formal Request for Quotation (Purchases $25,000 to $49,999)
Formal Quotations with terms and conditions will be sent out and requires a minimum of three written quotes and is less formal process than a sealed bid.Quotes will be placed on DemandStar or AURSI.

Formal Competitive Purchases (Purchases of $50,000 and over)
All purchase of $50,000 or more require a formal solicitation process unless otherwise provided for by Utilities Commission Policy, such as Emergency or Sole Source. An Invitation to Bid or Request for Proposal will normally be used for purchases of $50,000 and over. The awards are typically recommended to the lowest, most responsive and responsible bidder or in accordance with other award criteria when stipulated. All purchases over $50,000 require approval from the Board of Utilities Commissioners.
Please check our OPEN BID INFORMATION page for current Bids.

About Demand Star

Our goal is to make doing business with the Utilities Commission as easy and convenient as possible, and we are constantly searching for ways to improve our procurement process. Our agency has selected DemandStar by Onvia as our primary electronic procurement service for automatic notification of bid opportunities and document fulfillment. We are now part of a network of hundreds of government agencies. We encourage you to participate in this efficient bid notification system with us.

To find out how you can receive automatic bid notifications, go to www.demandstar.com or call toll-free 1-800-711-1712. Working with DemandStar by Onvia is not a requirement. You will still be able to find bid information by monitoring the newspapers for our legal ads and viewing our Open Bids page on this website.

Contact Information

Maureen Crossman, CPPB,FCPM,FCCM
Materials Manager
E-mail:mcrossman@ucnsb.org
Phone: (386) 424-3046
Mail: P.O. Box 100, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170.
Fax: (386) 424-2748

 

For questions or to report problems: 386-427-1361