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City Council Regular Meeting
Meeting Date: 07/26/2022  

The purpose of cooperative purchasing groups is to obtain the benefits and efficiencies that can accrue to members, comply with State bidding requirements, and identify qualified vendors of commodities, goods, and services. The City of Schertz currently participates in several purchasing cooperatives, such as BuyBoard, HGAC, Bexar County and Region 14 Education Service Center. Authority for such participation is granted under Texas Government Code§§ 791.001 et seq as amended. Cooperative Purchasing Services under this interlocal agreement (ILA) are extended to all Texas State, City or County Government Agencies, or any other Local Government Entity as defined in the Texas Government Code§ 791.003. In accordance with the Interlocal Cooperation Act, all ILAs must be approved by an entity’s governing body.

Additionally, Subchapter F, Chapter 271.102 of the Texas Local Government Code, “Cooperative Purchasing Program Participation,” provides that a local government may participate in a cooperative purchasing program with other local governments or a local cooperative organization established to provide local governments access to contracts with vendors for the purchase of materials, supplies, services or equipment. Simply, purchasing cooperatives allow for substantial savings to be realized by volume purchasing of specific commodity items.

The Savvik Buying Group is geared specifically to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) groups and provides access to contractual savings with vendors such as Henry Schein, Physio, and other regularly used medical supply vendors. Gaining access to this buying group will allow EMS to recognize greater supply savings and thus allow them to stretch their budget further. 
To enter into an ILA with the SAVVIK Buying Group
Purchasing cooperatives assist local governments in reducing costs through volume purchasing. Additionally, City resources are conserved, and purchasing efficiencies are maximized through use of a streamlined procurement process.
Staff recommends Council approval of this Resolution authorizing an Interlocal Agreement.
The fiscal impacts of this agreement will be realized through department budgets and savings. 
Staff recommends Council approval of this Resolution authorizing an Interlocal Agreement.
Resolution 22-R-74
Savvik ILA
SAVVIK Bidding Process

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