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File #: 45949    Version: 1 Name: To authorize the City to enter into an agreement with either one or both of two Wisconsin nurseries, McKay Nursery and Johnson Nursery, to purchase trees until January 1, 2027.
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 1/31/2017 In control: BOARD OF ESTIMATES (ended 4/2017)
On agenda: 2/28/2017 Final action: 2/28/2017
Enactment date: 3/2/2017 Enactment #: RES-17-00146
Title: To authorize the City to enter into an agreement with either one or both of two Wisconsin nurseries, McKay Nursery and Johnson Nursery, to purchase trees until January 1, 2027.
Sponsors: Paul R. Soglin, Samba Baldeh, Mark Clear, Marsha A. Rummel, Michael E. Verveer, Ledell Zellers
Fiscal Note
The proposed resolution authorizes an agreement with two nurseries for tree purchases in 2017. Funding for tree purchases in included in the Parks Division capital budget in 3 programs: (1) Assessable Trees ($150,000), (2) Emerald Ash Borer Mitigation ($1.0m), and (3) Street Tree Replacements ($185,000).

Title
To authorize the City to enter into an agreement with either one or both of two Wisconsin nurseries, McKay Nursery and Johnson Nursery, to purchase trees until January 1, 2027.

Body
On January 16, 2007, the Common Council authorized the Forestry section of the Parks Division to purchase trees on a sole or dual source contract from either or both of two Wisconsin nurseries, McKay Nursery and Johnson Nursery, for a 10-year period (RES-07-00130, Legislative File 05135). This authorization expired on January 1, 2017. The Parks Division requests that the authorization be extended for another ten years to January 1, 2027.

WHEREAS, the Forestry section of the Parks Division plants approximately 2,800 trees per year in new subdivisions and to replace existing trees that were removed; and

WHEREAS, Forestry has concerns about competitively bidding tree stock, that it will vary in quality and have a higher mortality rate, which will result in a higher number of removals and replantings and require additional inspections, all of which will add to Forestry’s workload; and

WHEREAS, the tree species grown outside the Wisconsin climate may not be as well-suited to the state’s climate as in-state grown trees; and

WHEREAS, the competitive bid process may limit availability of trees in the size and with the species diversity needed by City Forestry; and

WHEREAS, ordering from a sole source or dual source provides delivery cost savings and limits staff time needed to order and organize tree deliveries, resulting in the sole or dual source option being the most cost-effective option of procurement given staff resources; and

WHEREAS, Wisconsin-based ...

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