Commissioners Court - Regular   3. U.          
Meeting Date: 07/22/2015  
Approve execution of an agreement with LNV, Inc. for RFQ No. 2988-15 Ground Water Distribution System in Cindy Park Colonia.
Department: Purchasing Department

Information
RECOMMENDATION
Approve execution of an agreement with LNV, Inc. for RFQ No. 2988-15 Ground Water Distribution System in Cindy Park Colonia.
BACKGROUND
Nueces County is seeking to contract with a state-registered engineer/engineering firm for services to implement a new ground water distribution system for the Cindy Park colonia. The proposed new water distribution system will expand from the nearest surface water source at Indian Trails colonia (located at FM 666 and FM 1833). Nueces Water Supply Corporation, who obtains the water at Indian Trails, has agreed to allow the expansion of their system to reach the Cindy Park colonia, which is located four (4) miles away. The project will ensure that residents will be able to disconnect from their currently contaminated water well(s) and receive safe surface drinking water. The County has received financial assistance from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).  The project(s) funded through the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB).

This RFQ is issued in accordance with Section 2254 of the Texas Government Code (Professional Services Act) and Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 31 (Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments).

This contract is subject to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) "fair share policy", which includes EPA-approved "fair share goals" for Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women Business Enterprise (WBE) firms in the Construction, Supplies, Equipment, and Services procurement categories. EPA's policy requires that applicants and prime contractors make a good faith effort to award a fair share of contracts, subcontracts, and procurements to Minority Business Enterprise and Women-Owned Business Enterprise firms. Although EPA's policy does not mandate that the fair share goals be achieved, it does require applicants and prime contractors to demonstrate use of the six affirmative steps. The current fair share goals for the State of Texas are as follows:

MBE: EQUIPMENT 7.12%; SERVICES 10.84%; SUPPLIES 9.68%; CONSTRUCTION 12.94%
WBE: EQUIPMENT 5.39%; SERVICES 5.72%; SUPPLIES 9.34%; CONSTRUCTION 8.72%

Small, Minority, and Women Business Enterprises (SMWBE) are encouraged to submit qualification statements for consideration as are Small Business in a Rural Area (SBRA).
DISCUSSION
Contract in the amount of $199,940 is to be paid from a TWDB grant.

Attachments
RFQ 2988-15 -LNV agreement