File #: 0818-2024    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 3/13/2024 In control: Public Safety & Criminal Justice Committee
On agenda: 3/25/2024 Final action: 3/27/2024
Title: To authorize the City Attorney to enter into two contracts with Lindsay Automotive, Inc and Mr. Transmission/Milex Complete Auto Care for the purpose of supporting and expanding the Project Taillight public safety and crime prevention program; to waive competitive bidding for the Lindsay Automotive, Inc. contract; to authorize the appropriation and expenditure of $500,000.00 within the Public Safety Initiatives subfund; and to declare an emergency. ($500,000.00)
Sponsors: Emmanuel V. Remy
Attachments: 1. 0818-2024 Legislation template.pdf, 2. 0818-2024 Bid waiver.pdf


The purpose of this ordinance is to enter into contract with Mr. Transmission/Milex Complete Auto Care and Lindsay Automotive to provide car repair services for Project Taillight, a public safety and crime prevention program. This ordinance also allows for the appropriation and expenditure of $500,000 to continue the expansion of Project Taillight.

The Columbus City Attorney’s Project Taillight public safety and crime prevention program offers low-income residents access to free vehicle repairs. These repairs keep drivers, passengers and pedestrians safer on the roads and prevent low-income residents from receiving tickets for safety code violations. Project Taillight started as a two-year, grant funded pilot and is now a program fully funded by the City of Columbus. City Council is appropriating $500,000 to continue and expand the program to keep these automobiles operational and allow residents to maintain their transportation.


In accordance with the relevant provisions of Chapter 329 of Columbus City Code, the Columbus City Attorney’s Office solicited Best Value Procurement bids for auto repair services through the Vendor Services and Bonfire websites from November 16th through December 21st, 2023 (solicitation #BVP111623). The city attorney sought to identify up to five (5) repair partners located in high-need neighborhoods across Columbus. However, only two (2) bids were received. These proposals were evaluated and scored by the review committee using the rubric outlined in solicitation #BVP111623.

Mr. Transmission/Milex Complete’s application was deemed responsive. The committee determined that this proposal was detailed and demonstrated a full understanding of the scope of work and met all partner requirements. The other application was reviewed and deemed unresponsive as the application was incomplete and provided no detail on how contract work would be completed. The committee recommends entering into con...

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