Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission's Cooperative Purchasing Program began in the early 1980s as a way for member municipalities and school districts to save money and time for municipal services and products.
As a group, working in conjunction with Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG), municipalities and school districts use collective buying power to reduce prices on everyday supplies and seasonal services, and at the same time reducing administrative costs. Many of our towns actually save several times over their " yearly dues" through this opportunity.
Bids and Schedules:
This bid offers members the opportunity to receive excellent prices that include delivery on the highest quality dual-purpose copier paper. Includes letter, legal, ledger, colored and recycled paper.
Extremely competitive bidding enables municipalities to obtain painting of centerline & edgeline, curbs, crosswalks and handwork such as letters, handicape symbols, directional arrows and yield signs. Spring work shall be completed prior to May 31st and fall work completed by October 31st.
We encourage you to contact Marian Alexandre or phone her 324-2952 X 10 for more information or to be notified of bidding.
Bids for this service are requested on both hourly and per basin. Bidders must have a Vac All or equal catch basin cleaner with a minimum capacity of 13 CY and 12,000 CFM at intake, revolving power boom and capability of cleaning a 20' deep basin.
Municipalities can receive low pricing on aluminum alloy pipe, N-12, SDR-35, drainage tubing, CMP and aluminum coated Type II CMP and poly pipe.
This program allows communities with tree recycling programs to obtain newspaper advertising, fliers and posters to promote their programs. Fliers and posters are delivered to each participating town by early December. A newspaper display ad runs on Christmas Day.
This bid allows communities and school departments and other eligible agencies to purchase, at the most favorable prices available. Awarded companies cannot charge more than their cost, plus a fixed profit margin (add-on) during the two-year term of each bid. Products include regular and super unleaded gasoline and diesel fuel.
Allows communities and school departments and other eligible agencies can purchase #1, #2, #4 and #6, K-1 and propane fuels at the most favorable prices available. Awarded companies cannot charge more than their cost, plus a fixed profit margin (add-on) during the two-year term of each bid.
Communities, schools and special districts can get huge discounts on office products. Seperate discounts on electronics, furniture and other speciality items. Bids are awarded on discounts, delivery and customer service.
Enables towns to receive competitive pricing on one of the most expensive services they require. Individual pricing, based on each community's scope of work, commands much lower prices than communities are typically able to obtain on their own. Although most communities prefer Superpave, Maine DOT spec B, C, and D mixes are still offered by some contractors.
One of the largest road salt bids in the state, participants pay one of the lowest prices per ton available anywhere for delivered salt. Picked-up salt is offered as an option. All salt is laboratory tested and must meet stringent specifications for gradation, moisture and sodium content.
This long running bid has been noted for obtaining the lowest available prices on quality signs, signposts and other safety products such as barricades, flashers and barrels. Signs are available in engineer grade, high intensity and prismatic reflectivity.
Bid is for a wide variety of tires and tubes that are commonly purchased by municipalities, schools and other agencies. Prices are known to be among the lowest in the State.
Provides trimming and removal of weakened, dead or hazardous branches and trees or removal of healthy trees as required.
GPCOG charges an administrative fee (based on percentage of purchase) to SMRPC towns that purchase through their bids. Even with this fee, participants report significant savings. While we strive to offer you the best quality products at the lowest price, you are not obligated to purchase through our bidding process, participation is voluntary.
If you didn't get a copy of the GPCOG bid results, and want to see them, just go to GPCOG's website, click on the Cooperative Services button, and register as a member, reference which product you are interested in and get the results. Simple and quick.
View individual town's 2008 savings through this purchasing program.