The system update will simplify the internal process for city employees and ensure business owners are notified promptly of projects up for bid.
"It's kind of been rolled out in the last four to six weeks. It's a feature of our new website that we started a year or so ago. We just kind of rolled it out here fairly recently," said Assistant City Manager Dan Porta. "It came with the website upgrade and it's an effort to try to be progressive. It's a feature that makes it easier internally, because we get calls for requests to be added to bidders lists -- well this is an automatic system. So the vendor can go straight to the website and get added to the bid list and when we post a bid, they'll be automatically notified."
Vendors can sign up at www.cityofcartersville.org/ list.aspx?Mode=Subscribe#bids for notifications by email or text message. Notifications are available in six categories: fleet and vehicle maintenance, furniture and fixture, general, parks and recreation, public safety and public works.
"There's over 100 different vendors signed up through the different categories. So we've had a large number sign up as we're trying to get the word out there locally to make sure more people become aware of it," Porta said. "I'm trying to promote it internally, within the government, as well to make sure we use this bid system."
Currently up for bid is furniture and fixtures for the new public safety headquarters, janitorial services for several city buildings, a boom mowing tractor and a compact hydraulic excavator.
Until the transition is complete, the city will continue notifying vendors currently on manually-notified bidder lists. Eventually, however, vendors will need to be signed up through the new online system.
"Because it's new, we are still notifying people through the vendor lists until we solidify this as the permanent method," Porta said. "For now, we're using both methods to make sure we cover all our bases."
Automatic notifications also are available for regular newsletters, job postings and news from the Downtown Development Authority.
For more information, visit www.cityofcartersville.org.