TRUMBULL COUNTY Office supply pact goes to lowest bidder

The two bidders got perfect scores on service and delivery time..
WARREN -- Trumbull County commissioners voted 2-1 to award a $200,000 contract for office supplies to the lowest bidder, despite Commissioner Dan Polivka's protests that the company is from out of town.
Independence Office Supply, of Cleveland, offered to provide supplies for county offices at prices slightly less than Cross Office Suppliers, of Warren, county Administrator Tony Carson said.
He could not tell commissioners the exact cost difference, because the bids were evaluated by weighting prices, rather than on total costs. The prices were very close, he said.
"I think Cross should be given a contract because they are local and they pay taxes," Polivka said.
Bids evaluated
The commissioners' lawyer, first assistant prosecutor James Misocky, advised that the desire to give business to a local company should not override objective evaluation of the bids.
The bids were evaluated using a formula that took into account service and delivery time, two factors where a local company might have an edge, he said.
Both companies were given perfect scores on that part of the formula.
Commissioners Joseph Angelo and James Tsagaris voted to award the contract to the lowest bidder.
Commissioners had planned to award the office supply contract last month, but they decided to readvertise for bids when only Cross submitted a bid.
Prices dropped
When Cross bid the second time it dropped its prices by about 20 percent, Carson said.
Because of this delay, commissioners could not put off awarding a contract any longer, he said. The old office supply contract with Cross was to expire Wednesday, he said.

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