(a)Requirement. Adequate public notice as paragraph (a)(1) or (2) of this section provide, must be given of the requirement for architectural or engineering services for all subagreements with an anticipated price in excess of $25,000 except as paragraph (b) of this section provides. In providing public notice under paragraphs (a)(1) and (2) of this section, grantees must comply with the policies in §§ 35.936-2(c), 35.936-3, and 35.936-7.
(1)Public announcement. A notice of request for qualifications should be published in professional journals, newspapers, or publications of general circulation over a reasonable area and, in addition, if desired, through posted public notices or written notification directed to interested person, firms, or professional organizations inviting the submission of statements of qualifications. The announcement must clearly state the deadline and place for submission of qualification statements.
(2)Prequalified list. As an alternative to publishing public notice as in paragraph (b) of this section, the grantee may secure or maintain a list of qualified candidates. The list must:
(i) Be developed with public notice procedures as in paragraph (a)(1) of this section;
(ii) Provide for continuous updating; and
(iii) Be maintained by the grantee or secured from the State or from a nearby political subdivision.
(b)Exceptions. The public notice requirement of this section and the related requirements of §§ 35.937-3 and 35.937-4 are not applicable, but may be followed, in the cases described in paragraphs (b) (1) through (3) of this section. All other appropriate provisions of this section, including cost review and negotiation of price, apply.
(1) Where the population of the grantee municipality is 25,000 or less according to the latest U.S. census.
(2) For step 2 or step 3 of a grant, if:
(i) The grantee is satisfied with the qualifications and performance of an engineer who performed all or any part of the step 1 or step 2 work;
(ii) The engineer has the capacity to perform the subsequent steps; and
(iii) The grantee desires the same engineer to provide architectural or engineering services for the subsequent steps.
(3) For subsequent segments of design work under one grant if:
(i) A single treatment works is segmented into two or more step 3 projects;
(ii) The step 2 work is accordingly segmented so that the initial contract for preparation of construction drawings and specifications does not cover the entire treatment works to be built under one grant; and
(iii) The grantee desires to use the same engineering firm that was selected for the initial segment of step 2 work for subsequent segments.
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