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Doing Business with Blount County: Vendor Registry
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Blount County Purchasing Department
Blount County Courthouse
Vendors please note: Vendors seeking to do business with Blount County should register to do so via the link to the left: “Vendor Registry”. Blount County’s bid/quote invitations will be posted in the link “Open Solicitations” on this web page and in the local newspaper, The Daily Times. It should be noted that completing the vendor registration does not guarantee the vendor will receive bid invitations. It is the vendor’s responsibility to check the website or newspaper for invitations for the commodities or services they are interested in providing. Vendors may download the invitation or request the documents from the Purchasing Department.
The Purchasing Department is the central buying agency for Blount County Government. The Department contracts for and purchases all supplies, materials, equipment and contractual services required by each and every office or department of Blount County Government including Highway and School Departments.
The Blount County Purchasing Department is established by approval of the County Legislative Body and adoption of the County Purchasing Law of 1957, Tennessee Code Annotated 5-14-101 et seq.
The Purchasing Agent is recommended by the Blount County Mayor and approved by the County Legislative Body. The County Purchasing Commission, with the assistance of the Purchasing Agent shall establish a Purchasing System for the County, and shall adopt and may amend policies and procedures. The members are County Mayor Ed Mitchell, Commissioners Tom Cole, Mike Lewis, Jerome Moon, and Steve Samples. The County Legislative Body has approved the sealed formal bid limit at $10,000 for the Education Departments, the Highway Department and General County.
The Purchasing Department receives requisitions for purchase, issues purchase orders, solicits bids, receives and disposes of surplus property (real and personal), provides an office supply store and is in charge of the central mailroom. The Purchasing Agent supervises a full-time staff of four. In order to stay informed of the latest procurement techniques and product information, the Department maintains an active membership in the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP), the Tennessee association of Public Purchasing (TAPP) and the East Tennessee Purchasing Association (ETPA).
The Blount County Purchasing Department is located in room 319 of the Blount County Courthouse. The office hours are 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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