The mission of the Procurement Department is to provide the departments within the Town of Agawam contracts to obtain the goods and services they need to operate efficiently through an open, transparent and competitive bidding process. An open and transparent procurement process will increase competitiveness and ultimately result in lower prices for the goods and services being purchased.
It is the vision of the department to develop contracts for the majority of the Town's needs either through town bids or in partnerships with collaborative purchasing groups. This will allow the Town's departments to reduce the number of emergency purchases and create greater efficiency in operations. In addition to procurement, the Procurement Department monitors procurement practices by departments and facilitates contract administration to ensure compliance with applicable laws governing procurement of municipal supplies, services, equipment, and capital improvements involving public works, building construction and design services.
In accordance with Massachusetts General Laws (MGL), bids for projects, goods and services and equipment are procured through MGL Chapter 30B, the Uniform Procurement Act; public works are under Chapter 30 §39M; and Chapter 149 is followed for public building procurement.