REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS PROFESSIONAL GRANT ADMINISTRATION SERVICES FEDERAL FISCAL YEAR 2019 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION PROJECT CONTRACT # …

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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS PROFESSIONAL GRANT ADMINISTRATION SERVICES FEDERAL FISCAL YEAR 2019 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION PROJECT

CONTRACT # 22DB-OP-02-77-02-N13

City of Vernon, Florida

September 10, 2021

REQUEST FOR PROFESSIONAL GRANT ADMINISTRATION SERVICES

I. PURPOSE:

A. The City of Vernon, in accordance with 2 CFR 200, Rule 73c-23, and applicable Florida Statutes is requesting proposals from qualified individuals or firms to provide professional administrative and management services relative to implementation of the City's proposed FFY 2019 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Neighborhood Revitalization Project.

B. The project involves the rehabilitation of two of the City's water wells to include the replacement of the pumps and motors, the automatic transfer switch, the electrical panels, wiring and conduit, the telemetry system/SCADA system and the hypochlorite disinfection system; the repaving of approximately 3,100 LF on Church Street between Moss Hill Road and Pompey Avenue. Unmet needs that could be added to the project depending on budget availability would include the installation of permanent stand-by electrical generators at the Spoolmill Lift Station and the Circle H Lift Station in the City of Vernon. Estimated budget for the CDBG-funded project is $650,000 which will include construction, engineering, and administration. Since the project will be a Neighborhood Revitalization type project, include all experience previous with the proposed construction activities. Interested firms are encouraged to review the pending CDBG application document available at City Hall during normal business hours for a more detailed description of the proposed project.

II. SCOPE OF SERVICES:

A. The individual or firm selected shall be required to provide professional administrative and management services whose level and scope will be determined by the City of Vernon. Specific administrative services required shall include, but not be limited to:

1. Assist the City in meeting financial, administrative, and bookkeeping requirements of the program, including preparation of drawdown requests.

2. Assist the City in meeting the record keeping requirements of the program, including the establishment and maintenance of an acceptable filing system.

3. Assist the City in contract administration and monitoring requirements of the program, including enforcement of compliance requirements.

4. Furnish the City with forms necessary for the implementation of project activities included in the approved application.

5. Act as a liaison between the City, the project engineer, and the Construction Contractor(s), and Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) to ensure an efficient, smoothly managed program.

6. Prepare any program amendments as necessary during the duration of the project.

7. Prepare and coordinate the submission of the appropriate documents to DEO for program close-out and completion.

III. SCHEDULE OF WORK PERFORMANCE:

1. Proposers are advised that the capacity to initiate and coordinate all administrative services in a timely and efficient manner is a significant factor. The offeror chosen must be prepared to commence the administration and coordination of project activities immediately upon the execution of a contractual agreement between the City and the firm (individual) selected.

2. Proposers who cannot meet this project schedule will be automatically eliminated from further consideration.

IV. TYPE OF CONTRACT:

A. The City of Vernon intends to negotiate a firm fixed fee contract or "cost not to exceed" type contract for all services herein requested.

B. All proposers' qualifications will be evaluated, and the most qualified administrative proposer selected.

V. SUBMITTAL INSTRUCTIONS:

A. All proposals must be submitted in writing by 11:00 A.M. on September 10, 2021, to receive consideration. Proposers mailing their proposals should allow normal delivery time to ensure receipt of their proposals by the City of Vernon. Proposals should be addressed to: Candice Hodges, Mayor, City of Vernon, 2808 Yellow Jacket Drive, Vernon, Florida 32462 or hand-delivered to City Hall, at the address noted above prior to the submission deadline.

B. All proposals must be sealed and clearly marked on the outside "FFY 2019 CDBG Project Administration Proposal", with the proposer's name and address. Proposals should be submitted in an original and seven copies.

C. Questions concerning the "RFP" should be directed to Ms. Tracy Walker, City Clerk @ (850) 535-2444. Proposers not selected will be promptly notified.

VI. PROPOSAL CONTENT AND FORMAT

A. All proposals must be submitted in accordance with the instructions outlined herein to receive consideration. Any proposer submitting inadequate, incorrect, or incomplete information may not receive consideration. Proposals should be brief and to the point. The City of Vernon reserves the right to waive irregularities in the proposal, reject any and all proposals and to request additional information from proposers if deemed necessary.

B. Letter of Transmittal: The proposer shall submit a "Letter of Transmittal" which shall as a minimum contain the following:

1. State the location of the office from which the work is to be accomplished.

2. Describe the firm's general qualifications and the range of activities performed by the firm.

3. Briefly state the proposer's familiarity with the needs and conditions existing in the City of Vernon as well as their knowledge of the proposed project.

4. Indicate if personnel of the proposer have previously developed and/or administered any CDBG or similar grant projects for the City of Vernon and/or for other jurisdictions.

5. Certify that the proposer will provide professional guidance to the City relative to compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

6. Indicate if your firm is a Certified Minority Business Enterprise.

7. Provide any additional information that the proposer feels is essential to their proposal.

8. State that the person signing the "letter of transmittal" is authorized to bind the proposer.

C. All proposals shall include each of the following attachments:

1. Attachment A: Indicate why the proposer feels uniquely qualified to undertake the required program administration and management services.

2. Attachment B: Describe the technical approach to be taken in addressing the scope of work, including a delineation of specific tasks to be undertaken.

3. Attachment C: Describe the work management plan to be utilized by the proposer. The description should include a project schedule showing estimated start and completion dates of all major tasks and individuals responsible for implementation and completion of said tasks. Identify all persons to be assigned to this project and outline the nature of their responsibilities. Include a description of relevant work experience for each person assigned to this project.

4. Attachment D: Identify the total number of CDBG projects that the proposer developed and/or administered. Present a cumulative total of projects as well as dollar amount of grant assistance in which personnel of the proposer were instrumental in the development of the application and/or administration of the program following funding approval. Include the names and phone numbers of the jurisdiction's contact person.

5. Attachment E: Identify other areas of consulting expertise provided by the proposer and not referenced previously.

6. Attachment F: It is the intent of the City of Vernon to evaluate the qualifications of all proposers and select the offeror whose proposal is deemed most advantageous to the City. Under this attachment, the proposer shall indicate the lump sum, percentage, or hourly rate fee for the proposed service and breakdown of the costs associated therewith. The DEO approved budget and contracted administrative costs; by similar entities, for similar type projects shall serve as the parameter for administrative fees. Furthermore, the proposer shall certify that to the best of their knowledge and belief all the information herein submitted for consideration and evaluation is true, correct, and accurate.

D. EVALUATION CRITERIA

All proposals received shall be evaluated utilizing the following criteria and scoring:

Criteria for selection of grant administrative services are:

Firm's experience with the Community Development Block Grant program: 15 points

Management Plan: 15 points

Ability to devote the needed time to the project based on current workload: 15 points

Availability of adequate personnel and technology: 15 points

Previous Experience in CDBG Development projects: 15 points

Firm's reputation/competence including education, training and quality of work: 15 points

MBE or WBE Business: 15 points

Proposed fee: 5 points

TOTAL: 110

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