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An alternative for procurement looked at by City

The City of Yorkton is investigating a new way to procure some of its needs.
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The City of Yorkton is investigating a new way to procure some of its needs. 

“At present, Administration is responsible for conducting all procurement in house in accordance to guidelines set forth in the City’s Purchasing Policy,” Trent Mandzuk – Director of Public Workswith the City told the regular meeting of Yorkton Council Monday. 

“The current Purchasing Policy was updated in 2017 to better support best value procurement and to ensure compliance with various provincial and federal trade agreements which municipalities are required to follow.” 

As an alternative, the Kinetics GPO program provides public sector entities an alternative procurement method that has many benefits over conventional purchasing practices, said Mandzuk. 

Through the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association, the Kinetic GPO Procurement program is available to all Canadian municipalities and Public Sector entities. The program satisfies all municipal and provincial procurement requirements, he added. 

Carl Macdonald, Director of Contracting and Compliance from Kinetic GPOmade a presentation to Council. 

The interest from the City stemmed from the need to purchase office furnishings for the City Operations Center. The 2019 Capital Budget allocated $450,000 into a building reserve for the purchase. 

Council voted to receive and file the report and presentations on the SUMA Kinetic GPO Procurement for Canadian Municipalities as it relates to the City Operations Center Furnishings Purchase.