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SPC Awards Contracts

SPC Awards Financial Fuel Hedging Contract to Palatine Oil The Suburban Purchasing Cooperative (SPC) is pleased to announce that, as an additional service to the SPC Fuel Contract, staff bid out a separate financial fuel hedging program to offer members the opportunity to lock in fuel prices for the period of March 2013 through February 2014.  The SPC Governing Board awarded the contract to Palatine Oil Company, who also holds the fuel contract.  Interested participants need to begin planning now to secure pricing during January 2013, when publicly traded New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) fuel contracts are historically cheaper than in the summer, when usage and demand is the highest.  Advantages of the program include budget certainty and the potential to protect against inflated fuel prices during the spring and summer months.  For information or questions about the SPC Financial Fuel Hedging Contract, please contact Palatine Oil Company General Manager Joe Fell, 847-358-3600 (office), 847-514-9483 (cell) or jfell@palatineoil.com.

SPC Awards Telecommunications Contract Extension to Call One

On Thursday, the Suburban Purchasing Cooperative (SPC) governing board awarded the last of four (4) possible telecommunications contract extensions to Call One. The extension is effective January 1 through December 31, 2013.

The contract contains significant price increases for POTS lines and usage that was passed on to Call One by AT&T. Since being notified of the pricing changes on October 1, NWMC and DuPage Mayors and Managers (DMMC) staff engaged in extensive negotiations with Call One to mitigate the impact of the cost increases on program participants, resulting in the following options:

  1. Call One will conduct regional and/or individual meetings with members to review cost increases and alternative solutions to mitigate the impact of the changes. Priority will be  given to those members with the most POTS lines and therefore facing the greatest  impact.  Call One will prepare free line audits and identify cost comparisons to change  from POTS to other products.

  2. The SPC Administrative Fee and Call One Commission Fees/Margins are frozen at current levels and the savings are passed on to the program participants.

  3. Call One will waive installation fees for transitioning POTS lines to SIP lines on one year agreements.

A memo was sent to program participants explaining the pricing changes in greater detail, including a sample member analysis comparing current rates to the new rates as well as pricing for alternative options.  For additional information or questions, please contact Call One SPC Telecommunications Program Director Bob Kintz, 312-506-5003 (office), 630-465-1485 (cell) or rkintz@callone.com.

SPC Awards Liquid Calcium Chloride Contract The Suburban Purchasing Cooperative (SPC) Governing Board is pleased to announce that Sicalco, Ltd. of Hinsdale has been awarded the SPC 2012-13 Liquid Calcium Chloride contract. The contract is valid from December 5, 2012 through December 4, 2013. Bids were received from Sicalco Ltd., and Gasaway Distributors Inc. of Oak Brook, with Sicalco Ltd. being the low responsive, responsible bidder at $0.4350 per gallon plus $0.1200 per gallon for delivery in full truckloads of 4,400 gallons, for a total delivered price of $0.5550 per gallon of pre-mixed liquid calcium chloride. This is less than last year’s contract price of $0.56 per gallon delivered. For additional information or questions, please contact Sicalco representatives Jack Daws or Frank Sibr, 800-435-1919 or Sicalco@aeroinc.net.

SPC Approves Ford Focus S Contract Extension The Suburban Purchasing Cooperative (SPC) Governing Board has approved a one-year contract extension on the 2013 Ford Focus S with Currie Motors of Frankfort, Illinois. The extension is effective from January 21, 2013 through January 20, 2014. The SPC reserves the right to extend this contract for one additional one-year term upon mutual agreement of both the vendor and the SPC on a negotiated basis. For questions or additional information, please contact Currie Motors Municipal Sales Manager Tom Sullivan, 815-464-9200 or thomasfsullivan@sbcglobal.net.

Call One to Host Webinar to Review SPC Contract Rate Changes As a follow up to the Suburban Purchasing Cooperative’s (SPC) 2013 telecommunications contract extension with Call One, the vendor conducted a series of live informational meetings regarding the rate changes that went into effect with the new contract. Topics included the following:

  1. Recent industry changes

  2. Reasons for the rate increases

  3. Technology options available to mitigate the cost increases

  4. Q&A with industry experts

If your agency was unable to attend the live meetings but still wants to learn more about how the rate changes will impact your budget and/or ways to mitigate costs, Call One Association Director Bob Kintz will conduct a webinar on Tuesday, January 15, at 1:30 p.m. Webinar invitations will be sent directly from Call One. Please RSVP to Call One Association Relationship Developer Phillip Barnett, 312-235-3870 (direct), 847-814-7445 (cell) or pbarnett@callone.com.  In the meantime, please contact Bob Kintz, 312-506-5003 (direct), 630-465-1485 (cell) or rkintz@callone.com or Rita Kueny at the Association for additional information.

The rate changes could possibly result in lower rates for some users.  Even if you are not currently a Call One user, please feel free to contact Bob Kintz for information regarding rates.

Please consider the Suburban Purchasing Cooperative when making purchases and note that every municipality and government agency in the State of Illinois is authorized to participate in SPC Programs.  Feel free to contact your designated SSMMA SPC Staff Representative Rita Kueny at (708) 206-1155 or rita.kueny@ssmma.org with any questions or comments you may have regarding SPC programs.

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