The use of several different purchasing methods allows for the purchase of goods and services at the lowest competitive price. Examples include: online requisitioning, cooperative purchasing, quantity purchases, Requests for Proposals, purchasing cards and an on-line e-procurement program that allows registered vendors instant access to bids and quotes. Having these alternatives available allows for a more expedient method of procuring goods and services.
Surplus items such as vehicles, furniture, computer equipment, police related items, etc. are disposed of through the Michigan Intergovernmental Trade Network (MITN) auction website. The issues involving ethical standards of purchasing are continually monitored to maintain the highest level of standards. These issues include establishing policies and procedures, preparing specifications, and the testing and inspecting of materials and supplies purchased by and for the City.