Notice is published in Palestine Herald Press in the Saturday, October 28, 2023, and Saturday,
November 4, 2023, editions.
CITY OF PALESTINE
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP)
RFP 2023-035 – WATERLINE REPLACEMENT (LABOR ONLY) ON SOUTHVIEW ST.
Sealed Proposal Bids Due Date: Monday, November 20, 2023, at 1:00 p.m.
The City of Palestine (City) is soliciting Request for Proposals (RFP) for labor only for the
waterline replacement on Southview Street, from Crockett Road to Old Elkhart Road.
Sealed Proposals are due in the City Secretary's Office by Monday, November 20, 2023, at 1:00
p.m. Sealed bid proposals will be opened on Monday, November 20, 2023, at 1:30 p.m. in the
City Hall Conference Room. To be considered, the sealed proposal must address each of the
requests for information in the Summary of Qualifications section.
II. SERVICES REQUIRED
This is a request for proposal for labor only for the waterline replacement on Southview Street,
from Crockett Road to Old Elkhart Road.
Please see the following services required:
• Replacement of old 6-inch cast iron water main with 1,700 feet of 6-inch c900.
• Install ten (10) 1-inch services then reduce at meter to ¾-inch
• Install one (1) 1-inch service with 1-inch meter
• Install one (1) 2-inch service then reduce to 1 ½-inch meter
• Install three (3) fire hydrants with valves at main
• One (1) wet tap 10’’x 6’’ on c900
• Kill out old mains
• Install six (6) valves
• All services and pipes will need tracer wire
• Must take Bac-t Samples and they must all be negative before tying in the waterline.
• Must notify all residents of work to be done
• The project contractor must visit site prior to bidding
III. MARKET CONDITIONS
The City is aware of the extreme market fluctuations occurring for these services, so we strive to
arrive at a bid format that satisfies state bid law and protects vendors against future price increases.
We will ask your company to establish a baseline price for the services and products listed to
protect the vendor and the City. Prices can be negotiated after bids are opened based on increases
and/or decreases in the same amount as the market changes. However, the winning vendor(s) will
be asked to provide documentation proving a price change has occurred. If prices decrease over
the term of this agreement, the winning vendor(s) will be expected to pass along these decreases
in pricing. The City will assume that your company agrees to this market protection by submitting
a bid under this format. If you have a different method of price protection, please include your
information in your response.
IV. GENERAL INFORMATION
The City of Palestine is a home rule city located in Anderson County with a population of
approximately 18,544 per the 2020 U.S. Census estimate. The City operates under a council-
manager form of government with a mayor, six (6) council members, and a city manager. The
council members are elected from single-member districts, with the mayor elected at large. The
city manager is the chief executive officer of the City. It is the city manager's duty to execute and
implement policies established by the City Council.
V. SUBMISSION OF RESPONSE
Delivery: Proposals must be sealed and may be mailed or hand-delivered. Sealed Proposals for
RFP 2023-035 - WATER LINE REPLACEMENT (LABOR ONLY) ON SOUTHVIEW ST.
are due on Monday, November 20, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. in the city secretary’s office.
Proposal packets are required to include three (3) copies.
The vendor and/or contractor will provide a certificate of liability insurance with a bid proposal.
Also, include any breakdown of vendor requirements to comply with City of Palestine
specifications and/or applicable stipulations for this bid proposal.
Please include on the sealed bid envelope:
“SEALED RFP 2023-035 – WATERLINE REPLACEMENT (LABOR ONLY) ON
SOUTHVIEW ST. – TO BE OPENED: 11/20/2023 AT 1:30 P.M.”
Mailing Address and Hand Delivery Address:
City of Palestine
Attn: April Jackson, City Secretary
504 North Queen Street
Palestine, TX 75801
Your qualification shall be governed by the following schedule:
Wednesday, November 15, 2023, at 5:00 p.m., Central Standard Time (CST)
Deadline for inquiries, questions, or requests for information regarding this request for proposal.
All questions must be submitted in writing by E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, November 20, 2023, at 1:00 p.m., Central Standard Time (CST)
Sealed bid proposals are due in the City Secretary’s Office. The date and time received shall be
noted on the envelope or box and initialed. Proposals cannot be altered or amended after the
submission deadline. Any interlineations, alterations, or erasures made before bid opening must
be initialed by the signor of the proposal, guaranteeing authenticity. Bids Proposals received after
the published deadline shall remain unopened and be returned to the vendor/contractor(s).
Monday, November 20, 2023, at 1:30 p.m., Central Standard Time (CST)
Sealed bids will be opened and publicly read in the City Hall Conference Room at 504 N. Queen
Street, Palestine, Texas. Bids that are received, which are unmarked, shall be opened for
identification purposes only and resealed. The envelope or box shall be marked accordingly.
Communications: All communications regarding the submission of your qualification proposal
are to be in writing directly to E-mail address: email@example.com.
VI. QUALIFICATION PROPOSAL INFORMATION
Statement of Qualifications
Each Statement of Qualification (SOQ) must address, but does not need to be limited to, the
Respondents shall include:
Qualifications and Experience
1. List the name and all addresses of the location(s) of your firm. Which firm location will be
used to provide services for this project?
2. List all individuals and contact information for who would be providing materials for this
3. List your history (if any) in providing services to the City of Palestine.
4. Describe your involvement with municipalities or other governmental agencies where you
have provided services for waterline and sewer line replacements. List any contact
information for current/former references for the past five (5) years for governmental
VII. EVALUATION PROCESS
The City reserves the right to request additional information concerning any proposals for
clarification and waive any irregularities and informalities in the submittal and evaluation process.
After proposals are opened and publicly read, the proposals will be tabulated for comparison based
on the bid prices and quantities (lowest responsible vendor/contractor) or by the best value.
The following items will be considered when an award is based on best value:
• The total cost for labor for waterline replacement on Southview St;
• The extent to which the goods or services meet with municipality's needs;
• The bidder's past relationship with the municipality;
• The total long-term cost to the municipality to acquire the bidder's services;
The RFP will be awarded using the following criteria:
• Pricing for services provided
• Ability to deliver services to complete project in a timely manner
• The extent to which the services meet the City's needs
• Previous relationship with the City of Palestine
VIII. BID AWARD AND PRICING
The bids shall remain on file, open for inspection, for at least forty-eight (48) hours before the
contract may be awarded. After your response to this RFP is submitted, the City will negotiate a
final price, which City Council will approve on November 13, 2023. Before City Council approval,
if any market changes occur, the responding vendor must notify the Purchasing Department
immediately. Once this Council approval occurs, pricing will be subject to the Market Conditions
terms listed previously for price increases and decreases. After the bid is awarded and the vendor
awarded a contract wishes to approve adjusted pricing to the agreement due to changes in the
market, they must do so through certified mail or via e-mail to the Public Works Department at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Documentation verifying the reason for the price increase must be
sent as part of the request. Upon review of adjusted proposals, the City of Palestine may elect to
dissolve the existing contract upon the expiration date or accept the price adjustment(s).
The Public Works Department shall be responsible for preparing a tabulation sheet for all bids
received that will be made available to the public upon request. The tabulation sheets will be
forwarded to the City Council to make the final decision on an award.
Point of Contact
In the event clarification or additional information is needed, contact:
City of Palestine
Public Works Department
1620 West Palestine Avenue
Palestine, Texas 75801
Any notice provided by this RFP or required by law is to be given by the City of Palestine. Any
interpretations, corrections, or changes to this Request of Qualifications will be made by addenda.
The sole issuing authority of addenda shall be the City of Palestine City Secretary. The addenda
will be mailed to all who have received a copy of this Request for Proposals.