WINFIELD -- The Putnam County Commission will no longer solicit official competitive bids for goods or services that cost less than $15,000, commissioners decided Tuesday.
The bid threshold has been $5,000, but state law allows counties to raise the threshold to $15,000, county project manager Dusty Hurley told commissioners.
Surrounding counties, including Kanawha, Cabell and Mason, have already raised their bid thresholds to $15,000, Hurley said.
The county will still seek competitive bids and try to get the best value for goods and services, but it won't have to go through an official process with associated costs and timetables than can slow down smaller projects.
Commissioners also voted to pay three bills for the county health department Tuesday morning.
The health department ran into financial trouble after its former director resigned earlier this year. The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department is providing services in Putnam Coutny while a state audit is underway.
In the meantime, rather than giving the health department a quarterly donation as usual, the commission will pay the department's outstanding bills directly as requested by the board of health.