Types of Purchases

  1. Alcoa Fire Department to Visit Area Homes to Provide Smoke Alarm Installations

    The City of Alcoa Fire Department has been receiving 10-year battery smoke alarms from the State Fire Marshal’s Office since 2012 through a grant which is available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Read on...
  2. Alcoa Electric to Utilize Helicopter to Support Tree Trimming

    As the City of Alcoa Electric Department continues more aggressive efforts to trim trees that relate to power outages, the City’s contractor will be using a specially equipped helicopter to support its tree trimming work. Read on...
  3. Fire hydrant flow check

    Alcoa Fire Department to Flush Fire Hydrants

    The City of Alcoa Fire Department will begin flushing the City's fire hydrants on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Approximately 800 hydrants will be flushed from June through August. Read on...
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There are two types of purchases that the City makes:
  1. Open Market Purchases (usually "P" Card purchases): comprise mostly specific commodity, equipment, or service, at a firm price, for a fixed quantity at a specified delivery time is our purchasing method of choice for lower repetitive purchases. Competitive Solicitations are also employed for competitive purchases. Awards are made to the lowest responsible bidder who meets the specifications and conditions.
  2. Contract, or Blanket Purchases: purchases of estimated quantities of commodities, equipment, or services, at a firm price, for a specified period of time are routinely employed. Awards are made to qualified single or multiple vendors who meet the specifications and conditions.
Estimated quantities are established through prior usage by City departments. Most contracts are awarded for one year although they may be for a longer or shorter period and may be renewed for additional one-year periods at the prerogative of the City.