RESOLUTION NO. 99-22
RESOLUTION STATING PURCHASING PREFERENCE FOR
CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE WOOD AND WOOD PRODUCTS
A. Of the 500 million acres of commercial timberland in the United States, only 2.2 million acres are certified to be harvested in such a way that the area is left as a sustainable resource;
B. Policies that favor the purchase of certified wood and wood products would stimulate a market for certified sustainable wood products and encourage members of the logging industry to have their practices certified; and
C. The City hopes to stimulate the market for certified wood in Ashland by adopting this policy.
THE CITY OF ASHLAND RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:
SECTION 1. The City of Ashland adopts as a purchasing policy, a preference to purchase certified sustainable wood and wood products as set forth in this resolution. Certification of an organization accredited by the Forest Stewardship Council shall be sufficient to meet this policy.
SECTION 2. The policy for certified sustainable wood and wood products shall be implemented in the following manner:
A. Except as provided in subsection E, only projects in excess of $15,000 shall be subject to the policy.
B. Bid specifications on such projects shall require the bidder to submit a bid containing prices for 1) standard lumber and wood products and 2) certified sustainable lumber and wood products. The bid specifications shall allow a bidder to not respond with prices for certified sustainable lumber and wood products if the bidder certifies as a part of the bid that certified sustainable lumber and wood products are not available in the types and grades required for the project.
C. If the price for certified lumber and wood products is lower, equal to, or exceeds by 10% or less the price for standard lumber and wood products, the city shall require the bidder to use certified lumber and wood products.
D. The successful bidder shall be required to document the chain of custody for the certified lumber and wood products.
E. For projects to be constructed by city forces, the city shall utilize, where feasible and readily available, certified lumber and wood products, if the cost of such is no more than 10% higher than standard lumber and wood products.
SECTION 3. This policy set forth in this Resolution shall be reviewed for its effectiveness in accomplishing the goals set out in the Recitals to this Resolution by the City's Conservation Commission 18 months after its adoption. The Commission shall report its findings and make a recommendation to the Council no later than March 1, 2001. This Resolution shall cease to be of effect after June 3, 2001, unless sooner renewed by the Council.
This resolution was read by title only in accordance with Ashland Municipal Code §2.04.090 duly PASSED and ADOPTED this 4th day of May,1999.
Barbara Christensen, City Recorder
SIGNED and APPROVED this 5th day of May, 1999
Catherine M. Shaw, Mayor
Reviewed as to form,
Paul Nolte, City Attorney