Thank you to the City of New Hope for hosting the November North Metro Mayors Association Board meeting.
Senator Ann Rest described “tense times since the end of May” and expressed hope that the Legislature and Governor Dayton will soon come to agreement on funding. Representative Randy Jessup advocated for collaboration on public policy making. Senator John Hoffman provided an update on a number of things, including energy legislation.
Jim Dickinson, Andover, presented, and the Board approved, the Operating Committee’s recommendations on dues, budget and contracts for 2018.
Kirk McDonald, New Hope, presented, and the Board approved, the North American Joint Purchasing Program Committee’s recommendation on a new contract with Innovative Office Solutions for the North American Joint Purchasing Program.
Scott Ravenscroft and Maria Redman, with IOS, provided a quick overview of the contract components. Categories included are office supplies, toner program, full service audio/visual, printing and promotional services, facilities service and supply, and furniture.
IOS is opening a new furniture showroom at 510 Marquette in downtown Minneapolis. The furniture prices in the NAJPP contract mirror national contracts that were competitively bid for Teknion and HON lines. Plus, our contract includes a 1% dividend, minus admin costs.
Everything else purchased through IOS receives a 5% dividend, minus admin costs.
Scott stressed that facilities is an area where IOS offers some of the best bang for the buck. Paper products, soaps, chemicals, safety, janitorial, hard goods, industrial floor scrubbers and cleaners, and more—just ask them.
Who’s eligible to buy on the contract? Any NMMA member, plus any governmental entities and nonprofits may open an NAJPP account. It’s worth checking out. Our collective buying power could make us equal a $2 million customer, according to Scott.
Scott can be reached at SRavenscroft@innovativeos.com or 952-826-3745.
Maria can be reached at MRedman@innovativeos.com or 952-746-8612.
Kurt Ulrich, Ramsey, announced the City of Anoka is receiving $20 million for Highway 10 improvements. See related story here.
At the Dec. 20 Operating Committee meeting in Maple Grove, feedback on the draft 2018 Legislative Work Plan will be discussed. We’ll also fine tune the 2018 calendar. We may want to move the November Board meeting away from the night before Thanksgiving. We’ll nail down a day at the capitol, too, either Feb. 28 or March 7.
Jill Brown, Executive Director, Cell: 612-889-2611