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Public Contract Code - PCC

DIVISION 2. GENERAL PROVISIONS [1100 - 22355]

  ( Division 2 enacted by Stats. 1981, Ch. 306. )

PART 3. CONTRACTING BY LOCAL AGENCIES [20100 - 22178]

  ( Part 3 added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 465, Sec. 11. )

CHAPTER 1. Local Agency Public Construction Act [20100 - 20929]

  ( Chapter 1 added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 465, Sec. 11. )

ARTICLE 57. Public Entities—Improvement Act of 1911 [20850 - 20874]
  ( Heading of Article 57 amended by Stats. 1984, Ch. 1128, Sec. 65. )

20850.
  

The provisions of this article shall apply to contracts by public entities as provided for in the Improvement Act of 1911 pursuant to Division 7 (commencing with Section 5000) of the Streets and Highways Code.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 256, Sec. 100.)

20852.
  

The superintendent of streets shall advertise for bids for the improvement of the roadbed pursuant to Section 6764 of the Streets and Highways Code. The legislative body shall award the contract for the making of the improvements to the lowest regular responsible bidder. The bidding and awarding of contracts shall be made in the manner provided in Part 3 (commencing with Section 5100) of Division 7 of the Streets and Highways Code for the awarding of contracts for improvements except that no notice of award shall be published.

(Amended by Stats. 1986, Ch. 195, Sec. 113.)

20853.
  

Immediately upon the award of the contract, the superintendent of streets shall enter into a contract with the person to whom the contract was awarded for making the improvements upon the portions of the streets described in the notice inviting bids, and at the price stated in the bid. The contractor shall execute bonds in the manner required by Section 20426.

(Amended by Stats. 2006, Ch. 538, Sec. 553. Effective January 1, 2007.)

20854.
  

Upon the completion of the work and its acceptance, the street superintendent shall make a certificate of completion, together with a statement of the amount due under the terms of the contract for the performance of the work. The certificate shall be countersigned by the mayor and shall be recorded in the office of the superintendent of streets. The contractor thereupon shall be entitled to payment of the full amount of the contract price, and the recording of such certificate shall be sufficient notice to the owner of such track or tracks that the contract price is due and payable.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 256, Sec. 100.)

20855.
  

If the contract price is not paid within 30 days from the date of the recording of the certificate, the contractor may file a sworn statement to that effect with the superintendent of streets, who shall record the same in his or her office in the book in which the certificate of acceptance has been recorded. The contractor shall thereupon have a cause of action against the person owning the tracks for the amount of the contract, together with a reasonable attorney’s fee, and shall also have as security for the recovery of such amount, a first lien upon that portion of the track and franchises of the railroad, between whose rails or tracks the work has been performed, which is contained within the corporate limits of the city.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 256, Sec. 100.)

20856.
  

In the action, the certificate of completion shall be and constitute prima facie evidence of the regularity of all proceedings and of the right of the contractor to recover judgment against the person owning the tracks. Execution may be taken out upon the entry of judgment, and levied upon any property of that person which is subject to execution.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 256, Sec. 100.)

20857.
  

If the person files a written election to enter upon the direct performance of the work at its own cost and expense, no further proceedings shall be taken in the matter unless such person neglects or fails for 30 days, or for such further time as the legislative body may grant, to make the improvement. If the improvement of the portions of the street required to be improved by such person is not made with diligence or in all respects similar to the improvement of the rest of the street, or with the same materials or under the same specifications, and to the satisfaction of the superintendent of streets, the legislative body may, by resolution entered in its minutes, prescribe such terms and conditions as to it may seem fit and proper before permitting the said person to continue with the work.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 256, Sec. 100.)

20858.
  

If the person shall, after three days’ notice of the adoption of the resolution, fail to comply with the terms and conditions so prescribed, the legislative body may declare that person to have forfeited its privilege of performing such work under its own direction. Whereupon the street superintendent shall advertise for bids for the performance of the work, or such portion thereof as may remain uncompleted, and the contract therefor shall be awarded and entered into in the manner provided for in this article for the awarding and execution of contracts where the person owning the track has not elected to make the improvements under its own direction.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 256, Sec. 100.)

20859.
  

Upon the completion of the improvement, the contractor to whom the contract has been awarded, or his or her assigns, shall be entitled to a certificate of completion from the street superintendent, and shall have the right to collect from the person by suit, the amount specified in the certificate in all respects the same as provided in this article where the contract is let for such work in the first instance.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 256, Sec. 100.)

20867.
  

The legislative body shall award the contract for doing the work to the lowest responsible bidder. All bids for construction work shall be presented under sealed cover and shall be accompanied by one of the following forms of bidder’s security:

(a) Cash.

(b) A cashier’s check made payable to the public entity.

(c) A certified check made payable to the public entity.

(d) A bidder’s bond executed by an admitted surety insurer, made payable to the public entity.

The bids shall be delivered, opened, and award of contract made, all as provided by Chapter 9 (commencing with Section 5240) of Part 3 of Division 7 of the Streets and Highways Code, except that no notice of award shall be published. Upon the award being made, the superintendent of streets shall enter into a contract with the person to whom the contract was awarded for doing the work described in the notice inviting bids, and at the price stated in the bid. The contractor shall execute a bond in the manner required by Section 5254 of the Streets and Highways Code.

Upon an award to the lowest bidder, the security of an unsuccessful bidder shall be returned in a reasonable period of time, but in no event shall that security be held by the public entity beyond 60 days from the time the award is made.

(Amended by Stats. 1990, Ch. 808, Sec. 55.)

20868.
  

Upon the completion of the work and its acceptance, the street superintendent shall make a certificate of completion, together with a statement of the amount due under the terms of the contract for the performance of the work. The certificate shall be countersigned by the mayor, and shall be recorded in the office of the superintendent of streets.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 256, Sec. 100.)

20869.
  

When the certificate of completion has been recorded the contractor shall be entitled to payment for the full amount of the contract price, and the recording of the certificate shall be sufficient notice to the owner of such track or tracks that such amount is due and payable.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 256, Sec. 100.)

20870.
  

If the contract price is not paid within 30 days from the date of the recording of the certificate of completion, the contractor may file a sworn statement to that effect with the superintendent of streets, who shall record the same in his or her office in the book in which the certificate of completion has been recorded. The contractor shall thereupon have a cause of action against the person owning the tracks for the amount of the contract, together with a reasonable attorney’s fee, to be fixed by the court, and shall also have as security for the recovery of such amount, a first lien upon that portion of the track and franchises of that railroad which is contained within the corporate limits of the city.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 256, Sec. 100.)

20871.
  

In the action, the certificate of completion shall be prima facie evidence of the regularity of all proceedings, and of the right of the contractor to recover judgment against the person. Execution may be taken out upon the entry of judgment, and levied upon any property of that person which is subject to execution.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 256, Sec. 100.)

20872.
  

If the person files a written election to enter upon the direct performance of such work at its own cost and expense, no further proceedings shall be taken in the matter unless such person neglects or fails for 30 days, or for such further time as the legislative body may, by resolution, grant, to make and complete the work.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 256, Sec. 100.)

20873.
  

If the work is not done with diligence as in this article provided, the legislative body may, by resolution entered upon its minutes, prescribe such terms and conditions as it may see fit and proper before permitting the person to continue with the work. If the person shall, after three days’ notice of the adoption of the resolution, fail to comply with the terms and conditions so prescribed, the legislative body may, at any time thereafter, declare the person to have forfeited its privilege of performing such work under its own direction. Whereupon the street superintendent shall advertise for bids for the performance of the work, or such portion thereof as may remain uncompleted, and the contract therefor shall be awarded and entered into in the manner provided for in this article for the awarding and execution of contracts where the person has not elected to make the improvements under its own direction.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 256, Sec. 100.)

20874.
  

Upon the completion of the improvement, the contractor to whom the contract has been awarded, or his or her assigns, shall be entitled to a certificate of completion from the street superintendent, and shall have the right to collect from the person by suit the amount specified in the certificate in all respects the same as provided in this chapter where the contract is let for such work in the first instance.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 256, Sec. 100.)

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