Links

FOR INDIVIDUALS:  Very good guidance, resources, forms and information are found at:

http://www.washingtonlawhelp.org

This is a nonprofit organization of dedicated lawyers that try to put references and materials on the internet for ordinary Washington citizens.  Whether you are a small business owner or a consumer, you can usually find useful information there.

 

If you believe you may have a claim against an insurance company (not health insurance), note changes to the way you report a claim under Washington’s Insurance Fair Conduct Act:

The most important aspects of these changes include:

    • Notify the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC). You only need to send one copy, and may choose to send it by either Certified or Regular Mail.

For more information on how to file a notice under the Insurance Fair Conduct Act, please visit the OIC website. You may also contact their IFCA coordinators by email: IFCA@oic.wa.gov or by phone: (360) 725-7009.

FOR CONSTRUCTION FORMS:

The King County Bar Association has posted some standard construction form documents on their website.  Check out:

http://www.kcba.org

SMALL WORKS ROSTER

For projects of $200K or less, entities may avoid the blind bidding process by creating a small works roster. Contractors on this roster will find out about open bids by publication in the major newspaper for the area, or they may be contacted directly with an invitation to bid.  The roster is organized by specialty. MRSC for municipalities.

Applications for small works roster are at these websites: (this list is not exhaustive, there are many more opportunities out there)

State of Washington

WSDOT bid results – http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/biz/contaa/BIDSTATS/bidstatus.htm

For projects under $300,000

http://www.ga.wa.gov/EAS/smlwrk-roster.htm

University of Washington

http://www.cpo.washington.edu/html/SWR_Home.htm

King County

http://www.metrokc.gov/PROCUREMENT/contractors/roster.aspx

King County Housing Authority

http://www.kcha.org/doingbusiness/smallworksroster.aspx

http://www.kingcounty.gov/council/legislation/kc_code.aspx

City of Everett

http://www.everettwa.org/default.aspx?ID

City of Federal Way

http://www.cityoffederalway.com/folders/home/businesseconomicdevelopment/doingbusinesswiththecity/2009 SW Roster App..pdf

City of Mercer Island

http://www.mercergov.org/Page.asp?NavID

City of Puyallup

http://www.cityofpuyallup.org/services/public-works/capital-engineering/small-works-roster/

City of Seattle

http://www.seattle.gov/contracting/scpr.htm

Port of Seattle

http://www.portseattle.org/business/opportunities/smallworks/

Seattle Public Schools

http://www.seattleschools.org/area/sbdp/index.dxml

City of Tacoma

http://www.cityoftacoma.org/Page.aspx?hid

Tacoma only provides the small works roster for these types of services:

  • Asbestos Removal
  • Asphalt/Concrete Sidewalks and Driveways
  • Curbs and Gutters
  • Demolition
  • Roadway Guard Rail Installation Repair and Replacement

Shared agency portal – includes Seattle Housing Authority

http://www.ecitygov.net/default.aspx

Municipalities and agencies state-wide

http://www.mrscrosters.org/

This website is a goldmine. It covers these cities and agencies in King County:

City of Algona, City of Auburn, City of Black Diamond, City of Burien, City of Carnation, City of Clyde Hill, City of Covington, City of Des Moines, City of Duvall, City of Enumclaw, City of Lake Forest Park, City of Maple Valley, City of Medina, City of Newcastle, City of Normandy Park, City of North Bend, City of Pacific, City of Renton, City of SeaTac, City of Snoqualmie, City of Tukwila, Duvall-King County Fire District 45, Eastside Fire & Rescue, King County Fire Protection District #16, King County Fire Protection District #20, King County Fire Protection District #34, King County Fire Protection District #44, King County Fire Protection District #47, King County Water District #117, King County Water District #90, Lake Washington School District #414, Northshore Fire Department, Northshore Utility District, Ronald Wastewater District, Shoreline Water District, Siview Metropolitan Park District, Snoqualmie Pass Utility, District Town of Beaux Arts Village, Town of Skykomish, Town of Yarrow Point Valley Regional Fire Authority, Vashon Sewer District, Woodinville Water District.

This press release was issued by the Municipal Research and Services Center, explaining the basics of the MRSC Small Works Roster.

GOVERNMENTS AND CONTRACTORS/CONSULTANTS SAVE MONEY WITH SHARED ROSTERS
Statewide MRSC Rosters Provide Shared Small Public Works & Consultant Rosters

Seattle, WA — October 28, 2008 – Advertising for bids on small public works projects and for RFPS for consultant services is expensive for local governments (public agencies), but there is an alternative that is much more efficient and cost-effective – utilizing small public works and consultant rosters. MRSC Rosters, www.mrscrosters.org, began offering a Washington State shared online roster system at the beginning of 2008 so that more public agencies can have the opportunity to utilize a roster. This shared system distributes the roster maintenance costs between all participating agencies and also offers contractors/consultants the opportunity to market their services to multiple agencies in one application instead of spending time and money signing up for individual agency rosters.

To date 90 public agencies, 1122 contractors and 516 consultants are participating throughout the state and the number is growing daily.

Agencies join MRSC Rosters for an annual fee based on their total capital expenditures (see full fee scale at http://www.mrscrosters.org/AgencyReg.aspx) and then utilize the small public works contractor roster, as authorized by RCW 39.04.155, for construction/maintenance oriented contracts under $200,000, and the consultant services roster for architects, landscape architects, engineers and land surveyors and other professional services.

Contractors/consultants fill out one free online application indicating their services and selecting which individual agencies they would like to work with, either directly in their local area or throughout the state. They also have an Enhanced Marketing option where they may choose agencies countywide/statewide more quickly and automatically are included on newly joining agency searches without continually updating their contractor account. See the fee scale in registration information at www.mrscrosters.org.

For more information or connection with MRSC Rosters participants for comment, please contact MRSC Rosters Manager, Ellen J. Hutchinson at 206.625.1300 or ehutchinson@mrsc.org

This website contains general information, which is not intended to be legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is created. You should consult an attorney in regard to your particular situation.

 

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION:

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