Lawrence City Commission to consider alternatives to traditional bidding process

At their meeting Tuesday, Lawrence City Commissioners will decide whether the city should be allowed to use a process that deviates from the standard sealed-bid procedure for future construction projects.

City staff is proposing a charter ordinance — which requires four votes to pass — that would specifically enable the city to utilize alternative construction methods. The charter ordinance is required because state law calls for a sealed-bid process.

Vice Mayor Lisa Larsen said she is supportive of adopting the ordinance. She said the traditional design-bid-build process is definitely a great tool, but that the city shouldn’t tie its hands to one method.

(Read more: LJWorld.com / Lawrence, Kansas)