Purchasing Department

Welcome to the Purchasing Department

We are a service department supporting and providing assistance to all City personnel to acquire good, services, and contracts necessary to conduct City business. 

All contracts and purchases are made through the Purchasing Department and under the supervision of the Chief Procurement Officer.

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Procurement Procedures

The following Massachusetts General Laws regulate procurement activities:

  • c.30B - Supplies and Services, Real Property, Surplus Equipment
  • c.30,39m - Public Works Construction
  • c.149 - Building Construction
  • c.7C, §§44-57 - Design Services

The following thresholds dictate the type of procurement that occurs:

  • Less than $10,000 - Sound Business Practices
  • $10,000 to $50,000 - Formal Quote Process
  • $50,000 or more - Sealed Bid (IFB) or Proposal Process (RFP)

The City may opt to employ a more restrictive and competitive process when it feels that such a process is in the City's best interest.