Local preference ordinance vote delayed in Nashua
The Board of Aldermen voted to send the drafted ordinance, spearheaded by Alderman Ken Siegel, Ward 9, back to an aldermanic committee for additional debate and analysis.
While Alderman-at-Large Brian McCarthy said he is sympathetic to the issue, he maintained that the proposed ordinance may have unintended consequences that might not benefit the city.
Siegel contended that the proposal is a good thing, and seems to be supported by the majority of the local business community.
According to Siegel’s proposed ordinance, which is being co-sponsored by three other aldermen, a local preference shall be applied to all requests for bids, requests for proposals and requests for quotes for the purchase of goods or services, or for the award of concession contracts.
While the intent may be good, Alderman-at-Large Diane Sheehan said the wording of the proposed ordinance is a concern, suggesting that it be returned to an aldermanic committee for more study. The board agreed.
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