Section 13 Auditing
Policy 13-2 CITY CONTRACT MONITORING AND ADMINISTRATION
DISTRIBUTION: All Departments
SUBJECT: CITY CONTRACT MONITORING AND ADMINISTRATION
PURPOSE: To provide a uniform system to monitor and administer certain
City contracts and
leases through the computerization of such documents to ensure timely compliance by the City
and contracting parties.
BACKGROUND: Due to the increasing number of contracts and leases generated
various City departments, it is necessary to establish a policy to provide effective procedures to
more efficiently monitor and administer certain contracts and leases. This policy provides for
creation and maintenance of a system to assist the City in meeting its objectives.
"Contract" as used herein means any lease or agreement wherein the
City is to receive funds or
services, except those specifically exempted.
This policy encompasses agreements in which the City receives payment for leases
owned property and certain contracts for professional and other services provided to the City.
The primary objective of this policy is to ensure that the City receives timely payments for
leases of City property and that contracts are timely reviewed and renewed as appropriate.
This policy does not apply to:
a. construction or similar contracts administered by the City Engineer;
b. subdivision agreements administered by the Planning Department;
c. certain housing assistance agreements administered by the Housing and Community
d. licensing activities administered by the Building Development or Finance
e. water association contracts;
f. contracts for fire protection outside City limits;
g. contracts for services and goods procured through the City's Purchasing
those as determined by the Audit Department.
1. The Auditing Department is hereby designated as the Contract Monitoring Office,
the primary responsibility of establishing a centralized suspense system. The City Attorneys
office is responsible for ascertaining legality of agreements. The Purchasing Division is
responsible for obtaining competitive bids, as required. The Auditing Department is responsible
to notify departments in a timely manner that some upcoming action regarding a specific contract
will be required.
2. Department Directors are responsible to ensure that Form 07-7 (Exhibit A)
is filled out for
each new contract that falls within the scope of this policy.
3. Department Directors are required to review all contracts under their respective
responsibility and to determine whether they have existing contracts that should be included in
the contract monitoring system pursuant to the purpose and scope of this policy. Once
determination has been made that an existing contract is to be included in the contract monitoring
system, a completed Form 07-7 will be forwarded to the Auditing Department.
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4. The Auditing Department will enter all information from Form 07-7 into the
monitoring database within a reasonable time after receipt and will update all such information
from time to time as appropriate.
1. If a new contract is to be prepared, the Department Director will notify
the City Attorney,
who will coordinate and assist the Department Director in preparing the new contract.
a. After a final draft contract has been approved by the City Attorneys
office, the Department
Director will discuss and review the terms and conditions with the contracting party. The
Department Director will, thereafter, notify the City Attorney of any changes to the previously
approved contract document.
b. The City Attorney's Office or the Department, as appropriate, will finalize
c. The Department Director will forward the contract to the contracting party
prior to Council's action.
d. After the Department Director receives the signed contract from the contracting
will complete Form 07-7 and will send the contract and form to the City Attorney's Office for
final review and subsequent return to the Department Director.
e. The Department Director will prepare the agenda item commentary.
f. The completed Form 07-7 will be attached to the contract approved by the City
both documents will be attached to the agenda item commentary forwarded to the City Clerk's
g. Upon approval of the contract by City Council, the City Clerk will forward
Form 07-7 to the Auditing Department for input of information into the contract monitoring
h. An original signed copy of each contract will be filed with the City Clerk.
2. At least 60 days prior to the occurrence of an event -- renewal, expiration,
due -- on any contract maintained by the monitoring system, the Auditing Department will notify
the responsible Department Director in writing of any Necessary action. Within 10 days after
receipt of such notification, the Department Director will notify the Auditing Department, in
writing, of what action is to be taken on that specific contract.
a. If a contract is to be renewed, the Department Director will
coordinate with the City
Attorneys Office on any proposed changes to the terms and conditions in the contract. The
Department Director will follow the same procedures as outlined in Section 1.-a. through h. if
new contract must be written.
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b. If a contract renewal is not contingent upon changes to the agreement but
Council approval, the Department Director will prepare an agenda item commentary to be
presented to City Council. Once the renewal is approved by Council, the Department Director
will make the necessary changes to contract information on the computer print out (Form 07-08)
previously received from Auditing (Exhibit B) and will return this sheet to the Auditing
Department to update system information.
c. If no changes are to be made to the contract and exercise of renewal options
is not contingent
upon City Council approval, the Department Director will coordinate with the contracting party
to determine if both sides wish to exercise an option. If both parties agree on exercising a
renewal option, then the Department Director will update the contracts expiration date on the
Form 07-8 previously received (Exhibit B) and will return it to the Auditing Department to
update system information. The Department Director will notify the City Clerks office in
writing that a renewal option has been exercised so that the contract is maintained
in the City
Clerks current files.
3. If the Auditing Department does not receive information from the Department
regarding pending or completed action on a specific contracts renewal by the contract expiration
date, the City Manager will be informed that the contract has expired and will no longer be
maintained through the contract monitoring system.
4. Department Directors will prepare and maintain an internal suspense system
for all contracts
which are not included in the contract monitoring system. Department Directors will ensure that
certain events specified in contracts are timely met, such as release of maintenance/performance
bonds, release of lien on certain properties, release of temporary easements previously recorded
in the County Clerk's Office, etc.
RESCISSION: This policy rescinds Administrative
Policy 13-2 dated September 1, 1991.
Gilbert H. Schumpert, Jr.
May 1, 1997