Any actual or prospective offeror, or contractor who is aggrieved, in solicitation or award of a contract, may protest to the City Purchasing Agent. The protest shall be submitted in writing within seven (7) days after such aggrieved people knows or should have known of the facts giving rise thereto. The protest must be accompanied by a detailed statement, indicating the reasons for such protest. The Purchasing Agent shall have authority, prior to the commencement of an action in court concerning the controversy, to settle and resolve a protest of an aggrieved offeror, or contractor, actual or prospective, concerning the solicitation or award of a contract. If the protest is not resolved by mutual agreement, the Purchasing Agent shall issue a decision, in writing within ten (10) days. The decision shall state the reason for the action taken. Any protest taken to court shall be subject to the Protestor paying all administrative costs, attorney fees, and court costs when it is determined that the protest is without standing.
The right of protest does not prevent the City from proceeding with the award of the contract at any time.