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  • The Purchasing Agent is responsible for the development, implementation and supervision of all processes and procedures relative to the purchasing of personal property and services for the Township, disposal of obsolete and/or surplus personal property, and the fixed assets inventory. This involves the establishment of policies to enforce municipal, state, and federal purchasing regulations. The Purchasing Agent serves as Resource Management Officer in accordance with the Emergency Management Plan, and as Public Agency Compliance Officer in accordance with N.J.A.C. 17:27-3.5.

  • The goal of the Bernards Township Purchasing Department is to provide the highest quality of goods and services to the various departments in a timely manner and at the lowest possible price. The Division of Purchasing coordinates and oversees the acquisition of all services, equipment and products utilized by Bernards Township in all of its daily operations.

  • The Division of Purchasing conducts all Township purchasing activities in accordance with the Local Public Contract Law of the State of New Jersey, specifically N.J.S.A. 40A:11-1 et seq. and attendant rules, N.J.A.C. 5:34 et seq.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q:How can I make an appointment?
  • A:Vendors are encouraged to make an appointment before calling on the Township Purchasing Office to assure availability of Purchasing personnel. No assurance can be given to vendors who arrive unannounced. Appointments may be made by contacting the Purchasing Office at 908-204-3065, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30a.m. and 4:00p.m.
  • Q:What is a Business Registration Certificate (BRC)?
  • A:Effective September 1, 2005, a Business Registration Certificate is required from all vendors who receive any payment above $ 4,350.00 annually from Bernards Township. This certificate is mandatory when submitting any RFP, RFQ and RFB documents.
  • Q:What Procurement Methods are Solicited?
  • A:Request For Proposal (RFP)
    RFP's may be utilized for the procurement of specialized professional services and highly technical systems.

  • Request for Quotation (RFQ)
  • Purchases between $2,500.00 and the statutory bid threshold of $ 29,000.00 will generally require a Request of Quotation (RFQ). The Purchasing Office shall provide the required forms to be submitted at the time and date specified or accept an informal quote depending on the commodity. RFQ's received after the date and time specified will not be accepted.

  • Request for Bids (RFB)
  • These are generally required for any commodity, service, or public improvement when cost exceeds the statutory bid threshold ($29,000.00), pursuant to NJ S.A. 40A: 11-3, and must be submitted in accordance with the terms and conditions prescribed in the respective package.

  • For all RFB's, a vendor may write, e-mail or call for a package, which Purchasing will supply. Generally there is no charge for a set of specifications, however, if you want a package mailed to you, you must supply us with a Federal Express account number and we will send it to you. Bernards Township will incur no expense in sending out bid packages.

  • All RFB's must be submitted on forms supplied by the Township. For packages that contain plans or detailed specifications, there may be a fee. Vendors are encouraged to read the Courier News or visit the Township web site publications of "Notice to Bidders" for current RFB announcements.

  • RFB's are publicly opened and read aloud at the date, time and location specified. Prospective bidders are invited to attend all openings. IFBs are available for inspection after bids have been opened.

  • Q:What is the approval process?
  • A:Bids are evaluated for the best price, compliance with bid specifications, financial responsibility, reputation of vendor, service availability, and other relevant considerations.
  • After analysis, a recommendation is submitted to the Township Committee for award. All awards or rejections normally occur within a thirty (30) day time frame, but in no case more than sixty (60) days.

  • Notification of award/rejection will be made in writing.

  • Q:Where can I find bid announcements?
  • A:Vendors are encouraged to read the Courier News or visit the Township web site for RFP, RFQ and RFB announcements.

Important Links

New Jersey State Department of Local Government Services
New Jersey Department of Labor
Business Registration of Public Contractors
New Jersey State Department of Banking and Insurance
New Jersey State Department of Banking and Insurance
Somerset County Cooperative Purchasing
New Jersey League of Municipalities


Departmental Contacts

Employee Name Position Phone Number
Francis Decibus Purchasing Agent (908) 204-3065

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