(A) All purchases of machinery, materials, supplies, or other articles that the director of transportation makes shall be in the manner provided in this section. In all cases except those in which the director provides written authorization for purchases by district deputy directors of transportation, all such purchases shall be made at the central office of the department of transportation in Columbus. Before making any purchase at that office, the director, as provided in this section, shall give notice to bidders of the director's intention to purchase. Where the expenditure does not exceed the amount applicable to the purchase of supplies specified in division (B) of section 125.05 of the Revised Code, as adjusted pursuant to division (D) of that section, the director shall give such notice as the director considers proper, or the director may make the purchase without notice. Where the expenditure exceeds the amount applicable to the purchase of supplies specified in division (B) of section 125.05 of the Revised Code, as adjusted pursuant to division (D) of that section, the director shall give notice by posting for not less than ten days a written, typed, or printed invitation to bidders on a bulletin board, which shall be located in a place in the offices assigned to the department and open to the public during business hours. Producers or distributors of any product may notify the director, in writing, of the class of articles for the furnishing of which they desire to bid and their post-office addresses, in which case copies of all invitations to bidders relating to the purchase of such articles shall be mailed to such persons by the director by regular first class mail at least ten days prior to the time fixed for taking bids. The director also may mail copies of all invitations to bidders to news agencies or other agencies or organizations distributing information of this character. Requests for invitations shall not be valid nor require action by the director unless renewed, either annually or after such shorter period as the director may prescribe by a general rule. The invitation to bidders shall contain a brief statement of the general character of the article that it is intended to purchase, the approximate quantity desired, and a statement of the time and place where bids will be received, and may relate to and describe as many different articles as the director thinks proper, it being the intent and purpose of this section to authorize the inclusion in a single invitation of as many different articles as the director desires to invite bids upon at any given time. Invitations issued during each calendar year shall be given consecutive numbers, and the number assigned to each invitation shall appear on all copies thereof. In all cases where notice is required by this section, sealed bids shall be taken, on forms prescribed and furnished by the director, and modification of bids after they have been opened shall not be permitted.
(B) The director may permit the Ohio turnpike and infrastructure commission, any political subdivision, and any state university or college to participate in contracts into which the director has entered for the purchase of machinery, materials, supplies, or other articles. The turnpike and infrastructure commission and any political subdivision or state university or college desiring to participate in such purchase contracts shall file with the director a certified copy of the bylaws or rules of the turnpike and infrastructure commission or the ordinance or resolution of the legislative authority, board of trustees, or other governing board requesting authorization to participate in such contracts and agreeing to be bound by such terms and conditions as the director prescribes. Purchases made by the turnpike and infrastructure commission, political subdivisions, or state universities or colleges under this division are exempt from any competitive bidding required by law for the purchase of machinery, materials, supplies, or other articles.
(C) As used in this section:
(1) "Political subdivision" means any county, township, municipal corporation, conservancy district, township park district, park district created under Chapter 1545. of the Revised Code, port authority, regional transit authority, regional airport authority, regional water and sewer district, county transit board, or school district as defined in section 5513.04 of the Revised Code.
(2) "State university or college" has the same meaning as in division (A)(1) of section 3345.32 of the Revised Code.
(3) "Ohio turnpike and infrastructure commission" means the commission created by section 5537.02 of the Revised Code.
Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 7, HB 51, §101.01, eff. 7/1/2013.
Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.56,HB 330, §1, eff. 3/24/2011.
Effective Date: 03-04-1998; 2008 HB562 09-22-2008