FAIRFIELD — The city will suspend competitive bidding and approved buying $62,343 worth of new shade structures for Allan Witt Community Park to replace older structures that had become shelters for the homeless, the City Council agreed Tuesday.
Fairfield can buy the equipment through the National Joint Powers Alliance, a nationwide competitive bidding program that will save the city more than $1,000, according to the city staff.
The old structures, removed during the winter, had become a maintenance headache and magnet for homeless fires in the barbecue pits, the staff said.
The new vandalism-resistant equipment is expected to last about 15 to 20 years, Public Works Director George Hicks told the council.
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