The McHenry County Board’s Management Services Committee recommended that the real estate firm of Marc Munaretto, former County Board member, recently appointed Metra representative and former Algonquin Clerk be contracted to handle property transactions (with the exception of right-of-way purchases).
Fourteen firms were approached by the County’s Purchasing Department. Their identity can be seen below:
In addition a $60 legal ad was run in the classified section of the Northwest Herald on July 8th.
The County also reached out to the local association of Realtors, now called the Heartland Realtor Association.
Munaretto’s firm, however, was the only one to reply to the RFP last summer.
What did the County want?
A firm to “assist in the lease, relocation or reduce cost associated with its current location…”
Submittals were due last July 22nd.
Now, six months later, the selection has been to the County Board on a 6-1 vote for its consideration.
Here’s how applications were to be evaluated:
The Evaluation Committee may conduct discussions with one or more Professionals with whom the County has a previous satisfactory relationship and who submit acceptable or potentially acceptable Qualifications.
Such Professionals shall be accorded fair and equal treatment with respect to any opportunity for discussion and revision of Qualifications.
During the course of such discussions, the Evaluation Committee shall not disclose any information derived from one submittal to any other Professional.
In the event that the County does not have a satisfactory relationship for services with one or more Professionals, the County shall evaluate the Professionals submitting Qualifications, taking into account qualifications, ability of professional personnel, past record and experience, performance data on file, willingness to meet time requirements, location, workload of the Professional, and such other qualification‐based factors as the County may determine in writing are applicable.
The County may conduct discussions with and require public presentations by Professionals deemed to be the most qualified regarding their qualifications, approach to the project, and ability to furnish the required services.
On the basis of the evaluations, discussions and presentations, the County shall, unless it has a satisfactory relationship for services with one or more Professionals, select no fewer than three Professionals which it determines to be the most qualified to provide services regarding the specific project.
The County shall then contact the Professional ranked most preferred and attempt to negotiate a contract at a fair and reasonable compensation, taking into account the estimated value, scope, complexity, and professional nature of the services to be rendered.
If fewer than three Professionals submit Qualifications and the County determines that one or both of those Professionals are so qualified, the County may proceed to negotiate a contract as set forth herein.