People Above Politics
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Lebanon PA 17046
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Honorary Chair: Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll --a woman who broke the glass ceiling and contributed greatly to PA politics; born in 1930, died November 12, 2008.
People Above Politics
Treasurer: Richelle Whitman
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Dennis Firestone is the County Purchasing agent. His office is located in room 207 of the Municipal Building, 400 S 8th St., Lebanon PA. Phone 274-2801, extension 2202.
Purchases by local governments fall into two general categories: those where competitive bidding is required by law, and those where competitive bidding is not required. In general, purchases over $10,000 require competitive bidding. Purchases where competitive bidding is not required fall into three general areas:
Negotiated contracts are permitted for small purchases. An exception in the law requiring competitive bidding permits negotiated contracts when the amount of the project does not exceed $10,000. There are criminal penalties in the law as well as the possibility of surcharges for making purchases piecemeal to avoid competitive bidding. The entire project or purchase must be less than $10,000 to eliminate the need for competitive bidding. At least three written or telephone price quotations must be obtained for all contracts between $4,000 and $10,000. Records of informal written or telephone price quotes must be retained for three years. If fewer than three qualified vendors exist in the market area, a memo must be placed in the file explaining why it is impractical to obtain at least three price quotes. Informal price quotes are not required for purchases less than $4,000, but are a sound business practice.
Source: Department of Community & Economic Development Purchasing Handbook