'Drumheller first' is the mantra behind the Town of Drumheller's new purchasing policy.
It was passed in a unanimous vote of councillors on Tuesday, September 5 at their regular meeting in response to a request from the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce earlier this year.
"Over the last ten years the Town and us have worked very hard at coming together and being a united front for the people of Drumheller," responded Cindy Clark, the chair of the Chamber's Business Advocacy Committee. "To me, this is important, it's important for our local business people to be part of the picture. The Town has listened to us, they've taken our recommendations seriously and have added them into this policy."
Under the new policy, the Town will post bid opportunities for goods and services between $5,000 and $75,000 on the Town's website. It also states that local suppliers will be given preference when the price is similar to suppliers from outside the area.
"It shows the town as leaders," stated Clark. "They want the town to be successful, they want to be a part of that and this new policy, this buying policy for the town, just says that in spades."
"We say it all the time, right? We say buy local, buy local, buy local; but when the Town buys local, they have this as a policy that they're going to go out there and look at local first,, or at the same time, and equally, that puts themselves as the leader. Now the rest of the community can follow suit."
The policy says the Town of Drumheller will make every effort to ensure that the procurement of goods and services is conducted using purchasing practices that are fair, consistent, transparent and in accordance with applicable provincial and federal legislation, while seeking to obtain the best value for tax payers.