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County continues airpark management contract with Silvertree


Last updated 12/28/2006 at Noon

The County’s airport management services contract with Silvertree, Inc., to manage Fallbrook Community Airpark and Ramona Airport has been extended.

A 5-0 Board of Supervisors vote December 13 extends the contract for two years with an option to extend the contract for two additional years. The management services include staffing administrative offices, conducting daily inspections, identifying maintenance needs, ensuring compliance with Federal and state requirements as well as local regulations, monitoring stormwater runoff, planning events, and addressing concerns of airport tenants, airport users, and the community.

The original contract commenced on February 15, 2006, and was for a one-year period. The county had issued a Request for Proposals for airport management duties, and a selection committee evaluated the proposals based on the bidding firm’s experience, ability to provide services, willingness to use the county’s contract format, and determination of price. The original contract for the first year of services was awarded to Silvertree for $95,000, and since the amount was under $100,000 the initial award could be approved by the director of the county’s Department of Purchasing and Contracting and did not require Board of Supervisors approval.

County staff has been satisfied with Silvertree’s performance, and the contractor has developed an understanding of the facilities and the county’s requirements and procedures. County staff thus felt that a sole-source contract would ensure continuity of service and reduce delays which could result from the need for a new firm to develop an understanding about the county’s facilities and policies.

The new contract will authorize compensation up to $524,935, so Board of Supervisors approval was necessary both for the amount and to waive the competitive procurement policy. The new contract will expire on February 14, 2009, if the extension option is not exercised.


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