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Outreach Coordinator

Steven Mindt



Contact Information

109 W. Longview St.
Arp, TX 75750



Telephone

(903) 730-0551



Fax

(000) 000-0000



City of Arp
is seeking qualified DBEs, MBEs, WBEs, DVBEs, SBEss


Project Name

City of Arp RFQ for Bond Counsel



Bid/Contract #

RFQ Bond Counsel



Awarding Agency

City of Arp, TX



Project Location

Arp, Smith County, TX



Bid Date

06/02/2020 at 16:00



Project Details

BOND COUNSEL SERVICES



BOND COUNSEL SERVICES REQUEST FOR INVITATION TO BID AND STATEMENT OF QUALIFICATIONS
The city of Arp (the "City") is seeking to enter into a Bond Counsel services contract with a qualified professional firm. The City is in the process of applying for funding through the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB). Interested firms may submit an RFQ according to the following criteria. The City reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals for any reason deemed to be in the best interest of the City.
Project Description: The Project will replace approximately 41,000 feet of 6- & 8-inch pipe with 6- & 8-inch HDPE pipe (9,200 feet & 32,000 feet respectively). Approximately two thirds will use HDD and one third will use open trenching (subject to cost and necessity). The project will include replacement and/or installation of 80 fire hydrants, 172 valves with boxes [(80) 6-inch associated with hydrants, (36) 6-inch & (56) 8-inch)], 469 Auto-read customer meters and boxes (and connect to mains), and two railroad crossings (HDD).

I. Scope of Services: The Bond Counsel shall provide the following services, as necessary:
Assist in preparing legal documents in connection with the Obligations and/or loan forgiveness funding.
Render an objective legal opinion with respect to validity of any Obligations issued by the City.
Examine applicable law.
Prepare the Ordinance and other documents necessary to authorize any Obligations and/or loan forgiveness agreements with the TWDB.
Consult with the parties to the transaction prior to the issuance of Obligations or entry into loan forgiveness agreement.
Secure TWDB and Texas Attorney General approval of any Obligations and the registration of the Obligations by the Comptroller of Public Accounts of the State of Texas.
Review certified proceedings.
Undertake such additional duties as deemed necessary to render the opinion with respect to each issue of Obligations.

II. Statement of Qualifications: The proposer shall provide a description of the history and background of the firm. Identification of services currently being provided to municipalities in Texas and other information relevant to the provision of Bond Counsel Services.
General information about the firm.
 Name, address, and telephone number of the firm.
 History of the firm.
 List names and title of officers of the firm who will be directly responsible for Bond Counsel Services.
 Information pertaining to the firm's compliance with licensing and other requirements.
References.
List of two (2) references.
Identify personnel to be assigned responsibility for administering the account (provide resume and location for the individual representatives that the firm will assign to the account).
List the experience of the individuals assigned to the account with the TWDB's loan programs and placement of debt instruments with the TWDB. Please list the work performed, including the dollar amount of the debt issue or other financing. Please include the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of contact person.
Additional services - describe any other service or experience of the firm, which you deem beneficial in acting as Bond Counsel to the City.
Attach a copy of bond counsel services contract proposed by your firm without fee information.

III. Dateline For Submission: If your firm is interested n being considered for this project, proposals must be received no later than 4:00 PM on Thursday, July 2, 2020, at the City Hall, 109 W. Longview Street, Arp Texas, 75750. One (1) copy of the proposal must be sealed and clearly marked on the face of the shipping material "TWDB BOND COUNSEL RFQ".
Calendar of Events
May 22, 2020 Publish Invitation to Bid and Request For Qualifications
July 2, 2020 Receive Invitation to Bid and Request For Qualifications
July 6, 2020 Approve Selection
The City reserves the right to negotiate with any and all Applicants or firms that submit proposals, as per the Texas Professional Services Act. Qualified SBE, MBE and WBE firms are encouraged to submit proposals in response to this invitation. The City affords Affirmative Actions to qualified small, minority and women-owned businesses. Please note that the successful respondent is required to make a "good faith effort" toward affording opportunity for qualified SBE, MBE and WBE participation and submit, if required, supporting documentation to the TWDB.
IV. Additional Information
A. This contract is contingent upon release of funds from the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB).
B. Any contract or contracts awarded under this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) are expected to be funded in part by a loan from the TWDB. Neither the State of Texas nor any of its departments, agencies, or employees are or will be a part to this, RFQ, or any resulting contract.
C. This contract is subject to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) approved fair share goal toward procurement of Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) business. EPA rules require that applicants and prime contractors make a good faith effort to award a fair share of contracts, subcontracts, and procurements to M/WBEs through demonstration of the six affirmative steps. For more details on the DBE Program and the current, applicable fair share goals, please visit www.twdb.texas.gov/dbe. The current fair share goals for the State of Texas are as follows:
MBE WBE
Construction 19.44% 9.17%
Supplies 25.34% 8.82%
Equipment 16.28% 11.45%
Services 20.41% 13.66%
D. Equal Opportunity in Employment - all qualified Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard for race, color, religion, sex, age, handicap or national origin. Bidders on this work will be required to comply with the President's Executive Order No. 11246, as amended by Executive Order 11.375, and as supplemented in Department of Labor regulations 41 CFR, Part 60. The Authority is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Small, minority and women-owned firms are encouraged to submit proposals.

Publication Dates: May 22, 2020 and May 31, 2020





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