In an Aug. 12 article entitled “Council OKs $30K for consultant,” officials felt it was unclear expectations laid out in the request for proposal for the consultant.
“The sort of RFP for which one can have clear and finite deliverables is one where we know exactly what is to be delivered in advance. This is possible for buying equipment, or buying services that are well defined such as paving. Procuring professional services is more complex because the requirements cannot be completely known in advance, so the Town chose to use the best practice for professional services – to enumerate requirements, but allow for flexibility in the use of the resources. While there is vagary in the deliverables, it is necessary because the tasks cannot be defined in advance.”
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