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Any and all Supplemental Terms and Conditions and specifications referenced within the solicitation that vary from these General Terms and Conditions shall have precedence. Submission of an offer in accordance with these General Terms and Conditions and Supplemental Terms and Conditions constitutes a binding offer from the offeror. The terms and conditions incorporated herein will become a part of the written agreement between the parties.

Prospective offerors may utilize the Office of Purchasing Home Page to obtain Vendor Information and Solicitation Information, including Bid/Proposal Tabulations, Recommended Award(s), etc. In order to participate in a solicitation, offerors must establish an account via the e-procurement portal of the County’s vendor management software hosted by OpenGov. Once the vendor registration is completed, the offeror will receive all notifications relating to the relevant solicitation via e-mail to the address registered with the account.

1. Sealed Solicitations: All solicitation forms shall be executed and submitted in the e-procurement portal of the County’s vendor management software. The file name shall contain the solicitation number and title and the contractor/vendor’s name. All solicitations are subject to the terms and conditions specified herein. Solicitation offers which do not comply with these terms and conditions are subject to rejection.

2. Execution of Solicitation: Solicitation forms shall be manually or electronically signed by an authorized representative in the space provided. Persons signing on behalf of a corporate entity must be identified as President or Vice President with the records on file with the Florida Division of Corporations or otherwise authorized by corporate resolution of the Board of Directors. Persons signing on behalf of a limited liability company must be identified as a managing member or other authorized representative with the records on file with the Florida Division of Corporations.

3. No Offer: If not submitting an offer, respond by selecting the “NO BID” option in the e-procurement portal of the County’s vendor management software, specify the reason in the drop-down menu, and confirm the “NO BID” before the expiration of the Submission Deadline.

4. Conduct of Participants: The following policy will apply to all solicitations: Conduct of Participants. After the issuance of any solicitation, all bidders/proposers/protestors, or individuals action on their behalf are hereby prohibited from lobbying as defined herein or otherwise attempting to persuade or influence any elected County official, their agents or employees, or any member of the relevant Selection Committee at any time during the blackout period as defined herein; provided, however, nothing herein shall prohibit bidders/proposers/ protestors or individuals acting on their behalf from communicating with the purchasing staff concerning a pending solicitation unless otherwise provided for in the solicitation or unless otherwise directed by the Purchasing Manager. Definitions. Blackout Period means the period between the time the bids/proposals for Invitations to Bid or the Request for Proposal, or Qualification, or Information, or Request for Letters of Interest, or the Invitation to Negotiate, as applicable, are received at the Escambia County Office of Purchasing, and the time the Board awards the Contract and any resulting bid protest is resolved or the solicitation is otherwise cancelled. Lobbying means the attempt to influence the thinking of elected County officials, their agents or employees, or any member of the relevant Selection Committee, for or against a specific cause 2 related to a pending solicitation.

5. Additional Terms and Conditions: No additional terms and conditions included with the offer will be considered, and any and all such additional terms and conditions shall have no force and effect and are inapplicable to this solicitation. It is understood and agreed that the General and Supplemental Terms and Conditions in this solicitation are the only terms and conditions applicable to this solicitation, and the contractor’s authorized signature affixed to the offer attests to this.

6. Mistakes: Contractors are expected to examine the specifications, delivery schedule, solicitation prices, extensions, and all instructions pertaining to supplies and services described in the solicitation. Failure to do so will be at contractor’s risk. In the event of an error in the extension of the unit price, the unit price will govern.

7. Prices: All offers shall include firm unit prices that include all packing, handling, shipping charges, and delivery to any point within Escambia County, Florida.

8. Discounts: Discounts for prompt payments shall not be considered when determining the lowest net cost for solicitation evaluation purposes except in cases of tie solicitations.

9. Product Literature: Offeror shall provide a copy of any relevant product literature and price list(s) with the offer.

10. Abnormal Quantities: Should any unusual or abnormal quantity requirements arise, the County reserves the right to solicit separate offers as a multiple award.

11. Additional Quantities: For a period not exceeding one hundred eighty (180) days from the date of the offer, the County reserves the right to purchase additional quantities at the prices offered in this solicitation. If additional quantities are not acceptable, the contractor must specify “OFFER IS FOR SPECIFIED QUANTITY ONLY”.

12. Approved Equivalents: Any manufacturer’s name, trade name, brand name, information and/or catalog numbers listed in a specification are for information and not intended to limit competition. The contractor may offer any brand for which it is an authorized representative that meets or exceeds the specifications for any item(s). Customary measurements appearing in these specifications are not intended to preclude offersfor commodities with metric measurements. If an offer includes equivalent products, indicate the manufacturer’s name and number. The contractor shall submit with its offer applicable cuts, sketches, and descriptive literature and/or complete specifications. Reference to literature submitted with a previous solicitation will not satisfy this provision. Escambia County reserves the right to determine acceptance of item(s) as an approved equivalent. Offers that do not comply with these requirements are subject to rejection.

13. Nonconformance to Specifications: Items may be tested for compliance with the contract specifications by a testing laboratory acceptable to the County. The County may require the contractor to reimburse all costs incurred by the County in connection with the examination or testing of the commodity, including costs relating to transporting the commodity samples to the testing site, actual test costs, personnel costs and other applicable costs should the items fail testing. The data derived from any tests for compliance with the contract specifications are public records and open to examination in accordance with Chapter 119, Florida Statutes. Items delivered that do not conform to the contract specifications may be rejected and returned at contractor’s expense. These items and items not timely delivered by the delivery date specified in the solicitation and/or purchase order may result in the contractor being found in default, in which event, any and all re-procurement costs may be charged against the defaulting contractor. Any violation of these stipulations may also result in contractor’s name being removed from the Office of Purchasing registered 3 vendor list, and the County not doing business with the contractor until such time as the County has been reimbursed for all re-procurement costs.

14. Service and Warranty: Unless otherwise specified, the offeror shall define any warranty service and replacements that will be provided at no cost to the County during and subsequent to the contract term.

15. Condition and Packaging: All items shall be a new, current standard production model available at the time of the solicitation. All containers shall be suitable for storage or shipment, and all prices shall include standard commercial packaging.

16. Safety Standards: Unless otherwise stipulated in the solicitation, all manufactured items and fabricated assemblies shall comply with applicable requirements, standards, and regulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA).

17. Delivery: Delivery shall be Monday through Friday during regular business hours, excluding County designated holidays, unless otherwise specified. Unless a date is specified, contractor must provide the number of days required to make delivery after receipt of purchase order. The County may utilize delivery time as a factor for recommending the award.

18. Inspection, Acceptance and Title: Inspection and acceptance will be at “the place of destination” unless otherwise provided. Title and risk of loss or damage to all items shall be the responsibility of the contractor until accepted by the County, unless loss or damage results from negligence by the County. The contractor shall be responsible for filing, processing, and collecting all damage claims.

19. Samples: Samples of items shall be furnished at no expense to the County. If not destroyed and upon written request, samples will be returned at the contractor’s expense. Each sample shall be labeled with the contractor’s name, manufacturer’s brand name, and serial number (as appropriate), solicitation number, and item reference. Requeststo return samples must be received within 10 days after the solicitation opening date and must be accompanied by instructions with the applicable shipping authorization number and name of carrier. If instructions are not received, sample items become the sole property of the County and may be disposed of at the County’s discretion.

20. Submission Deadline; Solicitation Opening: The solicitation opening shall be public and, unless otherwise stated in the solicitation, immediately following the Submission Deadline. Offers that are not timely submitted in the e-procurement portal of the County’s vendor management software will not be considered.

21. Award: The County reserves the right to waive any informalities and accept or reject any and all offers and to make award to the lowest most responsive and most responsible offeror(s) whose offer meets the requirements and criteria set forth in the solicitation and whose award will, in the opinion of the County, be in the best interest of and most advantageous to the County.

22. Protests: Any actual bidder/proposer who is aggrieved in connection with a pending award may submit a protest in writing to the Purchasing Director within two business days after the posting of the award recommendation as provided in Sec. 46-101, Escambia County Code of Ordinances.

23. Solicitation Expenses: The County accepts no responsibility for any expenses incurred by the offeror in the solicitation preparation and submittal as well as any other requirements as may be specified in the solicitation. All such expenses are borne solely by the offeror.

24. Taxes: Escambia County does not pay Federal Excise and Sales taxes on direct purchases of tangible personal property. See exemption number on face of purchase order. This exemption does not apply 4 to the purchases of tangible personal property by contractors who use the tangible personal property in the performance of contracts for the improvement of County owned real property.

25. Invoicing and Payment: Payments shall be made in accordance with the Local Government Prompt Payment Act, §§218.70, et seq., Florida Statutes, as amended.

26. Improper Invoice; Resolution of Disputes: Improper invoices for construction services and nonconstruction services will be processed in accordance with Sections 218.735(2)-(5) and 218.736(1), Florida Statutes, respectively. In the event a dispute occurs between a contractor and the County concerning payment of an original invoice, such dispute shall be finally determined by the County pursuant to the County’s Dispute Resolution Procedure established in accordance with Section 218.76(2), Florida Statutes.

27. Conflict of Interest: The offeror represents that it presently has no interest and shall acquire no interest, either direct or indirect, which would conflict in any manner with the performance of services required hereunder. The offeror further represents that no person having any such interest shall be employed by it during the agreement term and any extensions. The offeror shall promptly notify the Purchasing Director, in writing, of any potential conflict of interest which may influence or appear to influence the contractor’s judgment or quality of services.

28. Contingent Fees: The offeror warrants that it has not employed or retained any company or person, other than a bona fide employee working solely for the offeror to solicit and that it has not paid or agreed to pay any person, company, corporation, individual, or firm, other than a bona fide employee working solely for the offeror any fee, commission, percentage, gift, or other consideration contingent upon or resulting from the award or making of an agreement. For the breach or violation of this provision, the County shall have the right to terminate any resulting contract without liability and at its discretion, to deduct from the contract price, or otherwise recover the full amount of such fee, commission, percentage, gift, or consideration.

29. Code of Ethics; Gifts: The award hereunder is subject to the provisions of Chapter 112, Part III, Florida Statutes, regarding the Code of Ethics for Public Officers and Employees, and the Escambia County Code of Ethics Policy. Contractors are required to promptly disclose to the Purchasing Director any gifts or gratuities offered to or solicited by any County employee or public officer. The right of the contractor to proceed may be terminated by the County if, after notice and hearing, the Purchasing Director determines that the contractor, its agent, or another representative offered or gave a gratuity, including, but not limited to, money, services, travel, entertainment, or gifts to an officer, official, or employee of the County under circumstances where it may be reasonably inferred that the action of the contractor was intended to obtain a contract or favorable treatment under a contract. If the resulting contract is terminated under this clause, the County will be entitled to pursue all available legal remedies, including an action for breach of contract. The rights and remedies of the County provided in this clause shall not be exclusive and are in addition to any other rights and remedies provided by law or under the contract.

30. Governmental Restrictions: In the event any governmental restrictions may be imposed which would necessitate alteration of the material, quality, workmanship, or performance of the items prior to delivery, it shall be the responsibility of the contractor to provide written notice to the Office of Purchasing identifying the applicable restrictions or regulation(s) that necessitate the alteration. The County reserves the right to accept any such alteration, including any price adjustments occasioned thereby, or to cancel the contract at no further expense to the County.

31. Legal Requirements: This solicitation shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of the Escambia County Purchasing Ordinance, and all applicable laws and regulations of the State of Florida and the Escambia County Code of Ordinances shall apply to any resulting contract. Applicable provisions of all federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations shall govern development, submittal, and 5 evaluation of all offers received in response hereto and shall govern any and all claims and disputes which may arise regarding this solicitation or any resulting contract; and lack of knowledge by any offeror shall not constitute a cognizable defense against the legal effect thereof.

32. Compliance with Laws: The contractor agrees to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules, policies, or guidelines related to this offer and the performance of any resulting contract, including, but not limited to, the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Act, and the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act, as amended, (8 U.S.C.A. §1324a).

33. Patents and Royalties: In addition to any other indemnification obligation, the contractor shall hold harmless, indemnify and defend the County and its officers, agents, and employees from liability of any nature or kind, including cost and expenses for or on account of any copyrighted, patented, or unpatented invention, process, or article manufactured or supplied by the offeror. The contractor has no liability when such claim is solely and exclusively due to the combination, operation or use of any article supplied hereunder with equipment or data not supplied by contractor or is based solely and exclusively upon the County’s alteration of the article. The County will provide prompt written notification of a claim of copyright or patent infringement and will afford the contractor full opportunity to defend the action and control the defense. Further, if such a claim is made or is pending, the contractor may, at its option and expense, procure the right to continue use of, replace or modify the article to render it non-infringing. (If none of the alternatives are reasonably available, the County agrees to return the article on request to the contractor and receive reimbursement, if any, as may be determined by a court of competent jurisdiction.) If the contractor uses any design, device, or materials covered by letters, patent or copyright, it is mutually agreed and understood that the offered prices shall include all royalties or costs arising from the use of such design, device, or materials in any way involved in the work.

34. Public Records: Any documents submitted in response to this solicitation may be subject to disclosure pursuant to the provisions of Florida’s Public Records Act, Chapter 119, Florida Statutes. contractor waives any claim of confidentiality upon submission of its offer. Records that are exempt or exempt and confidential will not be disclosed to any third-party except as authorized by law. Pursuant to Section 119.071 (1)(b)-2., Florida Statutes, sealed bids, proposals, or replies received by the County pursuant to a competitive solicitation are exempt from public disclosure until such time as the County provides notice of an intended decision or until 30 days after opening the bids, proposals, or final replies, whichever is earlier.

35. Equal Employment Opportunity: In the performance of the contract, the contractor shall not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or physical handicap.

36. Florida Preference: Pursuant to Section 287.084, Florida Statutes, and Sec. 46-105, Escambia County Code of Ordinances, when the lowest most responsible and most responsive offer is by an offeror whose place of business is in a state which grants a preference for the purchase of personal property to a person whose place of business is in such state then the preference may be given to the lowest most responsible and most responsive offeror having a place of business within this state, which preference is equal to the preference granted by the state or political subdivision thereof in which the lowest most responsible and most responsive offeror has his place of business. However, this section shall not apply to projects for which federal aid funds are available. This section may be waived by the Board of County Commissioners. All solicitations shall require any offeror whose place of businessis outside the State of Florida to accompany any written bid/proposal form with a written opinion of an attorney at law licensed to practice law in that foreign state, as to the preferences, if any or none, granted by the law of that state to its business entities whose places of business are in that foreign state in the letting of any or all public contracts. The failure of any such offeror 6 to accompany its bid/proposal forms with such a written opinion may result in the rejection of the offer submitted by such offeror.

37. Contractor Personnel: The County shall, throughout the term of the contract, have the right of reasonable rejection and approval of staff or subcontractors assigned to the work by the contractor. If the County reasonably rejects staff or subcontractors, the contractor shall provide replacement staff or subcontractors satisfactory to the County in a timely manner and at no additional cost to the County. The dayto-day supervision and control of the contractor’s employees and subcontractors is the sole responsibility of the contractor. Contractors who are suspended or debarred are prohibited from subcontracting.

38. Public Entity Crimes: Pursuant to Section 287.133(2), Florida Statutes, a person or affiliate who has been placed on the convicted vendor list following a conviction for a public entity crime may not submit an offer on a contract to provide any goods or services to a public entity, may not submit an offer on a contract with a public entity for the construction or repair of a public building or public work, may not submit offers on leases of real property to a public entity, may not be awarded or perform work as a contractor, supplier, subcontractor, or consultant under a contract with any public entity, and may not transact business with any public entity in excess of the threshold amount provided in Section 287.017, F.S., for Category Two for a period of 36 months from the date of being placed on the convicted vendor list. The Sworn Statement on Public Entity Crimes must be completed and submitted with the offer. Information as provided may be verified through the State of Florida.

39. Scrutinized Companies: Pursuant to Section 287.135, Florida Statutes, a company is ineligible to bid orsubmit a proposal for, or enter into or renew a contract for goods or services of any amount if the company is on the Scrutinized Companies that Boycott Israel List, created pursuant to Section 215.4725, or is engage in a boycott of Israel or bid on submit a proposal for, or enter into or renew a contract for goods or services of one million dollars or more if on the Scrutinized Companies with activities in Sudan List or the Scrutinized Companies with activities in the Iran Petroleum Energy Sector List, created pursuant to Section 215.473 or is engaged in business operations in Cuba or Syria. The Scrutinized Companies Certification must be completed and submitted with the offer. If contractor is found to have submitted a false certification or subsequently fails to maintain compliance, the contract may be terminated for cause.

40. Prohibition Against Considering Social, Political, Ideological Interests: Pursuant to Section 287.05701, Florida Statutes, the County will not request documentation of or consider a vendor’s social, political, or ideological interests when determining if the vendor is a responsible vendor. In addition, the County may not give preference to any vendor based on the social, political, or ideological interests of the vendor.

41. Suspended and Debarred Vendors: Offers shall be received from only those contractors who are presently in good standing on the County’s vendor list. By submitting an offer, the contractor certifies that it is not currently suspended or debarred from submitting offers for contracts issued by any political subdivision or agency of the State of Florida or the federal government; and that it is not an agent of a person or entity that is currently suspended or debarred from submitting offersfor contracts issued by any political subdivision or agency of the State of Florida or the federal government.

42. Drug-Free Workplace: Pursuant to Section 287.087, Florida Statutes, whenever two or more offers that are equal with respect to price, quality, and service are received by the County for the purchase of commodities or contractual services, an offer received from a business that certifies it has implemented a Drug-Free Workplace Program shall be given preference in the award process.

43. License and Certifications: Before submitting an offer, the offeror shall have met the applicable licensing, certification, and any other requirements of the state, county, city and/or other 7 agency of authority with jurisdiction in such matters and must provide copies of documentation which evidence such qualifications with the response to this solicitation, and the offeror shall maintain such credentials throughout the term of the contract. Offeror will provide a copy of a current certificate of authority from the Secretary of State authorizing the company to do business in the State of Florida or other evidence of legal authority to do business in the state, county, city and/or any other agency of authority with the response to this solicitation. The County may allow this responsiveness issue to be cured after submission of the offer within a reasonable period of time and prior to any recommendation for award. Offeror will also provide a copy of the current business tax receipt in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 205, Florida Statutes, and Chapter 90, Article III, Sec. 90-91 through 90-95 relating to Local Business Taxes. Failure to provide such evidence may render the offer non-responsive.

44. E-Verify: In accordance with Section 448.095, Florida Statutes, contractor shall register with and utilize the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s E-Verify System to verify the employment eligibility of all new employees hired by contractor during the contract term and shall expressly require any subcontractors performing work or providing services pursuant to the Agreement to likewise utilize the E-Verify System to verify the employment eligibility of all new employees hired by the subcontractor during the contract term. If contractor enters into a contract with a subcontractor performing work or providing services on its behalf, contractor shall also require the subcontractor to provide an affidavit stating that the subcontractor does not employ, contract with, or subcontract with an unauthorized alien. The resulting contract may be subject to termination if the contractor fails to maintain compliance.

45. Contract Documents: This solicitation shall be included and incorporated in the final contract and purchase order. The order of precedence for the contract documents will be the contract, purchase order, solicitation, and contractor’s response. Any and all legal action necessary to enforce the contract will be held in Escambia County, and the contract will be interpreted according to the laws of Florida.

46. Uniform Commercial Code: Chapter 672, Florida Statutes, the Uniform Commercial Code shall prevail as the basis for contractual obligations between the awarded vendor/contractor and Escambia County for any terms and conditions not specifically stated in this solicitation and the relevant contract documents.

47. Default: Failure to perform in accordance with the terms of this solicitation and resulting contract may constitute a material default and grounds for termination with any and all re-procurement costs charged against the awarded contractor. In addition, contractor’s name may be removed from the Office of Purchasing registered vendor list; and the County will not do business with the contractor until the contractor may be reinstated to the vendor list in accordance with the County Purchasing Ordinance. 


(Revised & Approved by Board of County Commissioners April 4th, 2024)


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