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Bid Title: City of Knoxville – Request for Proposals CDBG-DTR Grants Administration
Category: Administration
Status: Closed


The City of Knoxville is requesting proposals for a grants administrator to assist with a project seeking funding  under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program through the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA).  The proposed project includes rehabilitation of at least 8 facades.

The selected contractor will work with the City to ensure compliance with CDBG program requirements.   Activities will include but are not limited to assistance with procurement of a general contractor, project reporting, preparation of reimbursement requests, and other activities required under the CDBG program. 

The Scope of Work and Evaluation Criteria are found at the City of Knoxville’s website:

The City will negotiate a contract and price with the selected firm based upon the assignment and industry norms.

Proposals to the City should include the following information: 

  • Experience with the CDBG program;
  • Description of similar projects that the firm has successfully completed;
  • Description of the organizational capacity to complete all necessary activities;
  • Names and professional experience of key personnel who will be assigned to the project: and
  • References from previous clients of related work within the past five years.

Proposals must be submitted no later than 4:OO PM, Monday, October 2, 2023.

Proposals should be submitted to: 

Glenn Lyons, Economic Development Director, City of Knoxville

 By mail:  305 S Third Street, Knoxville, Iowa 50138

By email at:  

Questions regarding this RFP  should be directed to Mr. Lyons either by email or by telephone at 515-782-1723.

The City of Knoxville reserves the right to reject any or all proposals.   Any decision to award a contract for these services would, at least in part, be conditional on the City receiving the CDBG-DTR award from IEDA.  

Scope of Work

The scope of services that the consultant must be prepared and qualified to provide are as follows:   

a. Prepare Environmental Review Record and submit all other items required to clear the contract conditions outlined in the City’s CDBG contract, within the timeframe specified by IEDA.

b. Prepare draw/disbursement requests to ensure consistency with the procedures established for the CDBG program. 

c. Ensure that the City has an acceptable financial management system as it pertains to finances of the CDBG program. An acceptable system includes, but is not limited to, cash receipts and disbursements journal and accompanying ledgers, and should conform to generally accepted principles of municipal accounting. 

d. Establish project files in the local government's office. These files must demonstrate compliance with all applicable state, local, and federal regulations. The project files must be monitored throughout the program to ensure that they are complete and that all necessary documentation is being retained in the community's files. 

e. With the assistance of the City, help conduct public hearings. This includes, but is not limited to, such things as assisting with public notices, conducting hearings, etc. 

f. Assist City in complying with regulations governing land acquisition (real property, easements, rights of ways, donation of property, etc.) as necessary.

g. Assist the project engineer in the preparation of bid documents and supervise the bidding process consistent with state and federal regulations. 

h. Secure the Department of Labor’s federal wage decisions and include those in the bid documents. 

i. Prepare construction contracts that comply with state and federal regulations and include necessary language. Examples are Conflict of Interest, Access to Records, Copeland Anti-Kickback Act, Safety Standards, Architectural Barriers, Flood Insurance, Clean Air and Water Act (for contracts over $100,000), HUD Handbook (6500.3), 2 CFR 200,, EO 11246 (for contracts over $10,000). 

j. Obtain contractor clearance(s) from IEDA. 

k. Check weekly payrolls to ensure compliance with federal wage decision(s). Conduct on-site interviews and compare the results with the appropriate payrolls. 

l. Monitor construction to ensure compliance with equal opportunity and labor standards provisions. 

m. Attend and assist the City during the IEDA’s project monitoring visit(s). Prepare City response to all monitoring findings and coordinate efforts to provide additional information as needed to IEDA. 

n. Assist City with meeting state/federal affirmatively furthering fair housing requirements. 

o. Assist in a final inspection of the project and in the issuance of a final acceptance of work. 

p. Assist City in meeting the state's financial reporting requirements. 

q. Prepare close-out documents as needed by IEDA. 

Evaluation Criteria

The City will evaluate and rank proposals received according to the following criteria:                                               

Experience with the State’s CDBG program:             40 points
 Experience on similar non-CDBG programs:            20 points
 Capacity to complete scope of work:                        20 points
Experience working in a small-town setting:              20 points
              Total:                                                           100 points

Publication Date/Time:
9/5/2023 7:00 AM
Closing Date/Time:
10/2/2023 4:00 PM
Contact Person:
Glenn Lyons, Economic Development Director, City of Knoxville
By mail: 305 S Third Street, Knoxville, Iowa 50138
By email at:
Special Requirements:
Section 3 Clause
A. The work to be performed under this contract is subject to the requirements of section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, as amended, 12 U.S.C. 1701u (section 3). The purpose of section 3 is to ensure that employment and other economic opportunities generated by HUD assistance or HUD-assisted projects covered by section 3, shall, to the greatest extent feasible, be directed to low- and very low-income persons, particularly persons who are recipients of HUD assistance for housing.
B. The parties to this contract agree to comply with HUD's regulations in 24 CFR part 135, which implement section 3. As evidenced by their execution of this contract, the parties to this contract certify that they are under no contractual or other impediment that would prevent them from complying with the part 135 regulations.
C. The contractor agrees to send to each labor organization or representative of workers with which the contractor has a collective bargaining agreement or other understanding, if any, a notice advising the labor organization or workers' representative of the contractor's commitments under this section 3 clause, and will post copies of the notice in conspicuous places at the work site where both employees and applicants for training and employment positions can see the notice. The notice shall describe the section 3 preference, shall set forth minimum number and job titles subject to hire, availability of apprenticeship and training positions, the qualifications for each; and the name and location of the person(s) taking applications for each of the positions; and the anticipated date the work shall begin.
D. The contractor agrees to include this section 3 clause in every subcontract subject to compliance with regulations in 24 CFR part 135, and agrees to take appropriate action, as provided in an applicable provision of the subcontract or in this section 3 clause, upon a finding that the subcontractor is in violation of the regulations in 24 CFR part 135. The contractor will not subcontract with any subcontractor where the contractor has notice or knowledge that the subcontractor has been found in violation of the regulations in 24 CFR part 135.
E. The contractor will certify that any vacant employment positions, including training positions, that are filled (1) after the contractor is selected but before the contract is executed, and (2) with persons other than those to whom the regulations of 24 CFR part 135 require employment opportunities to be directed, were not filled to circumvent the contractor's obligations under 24 CFR part 135.
F. Noncompliance with HUD's regulations in 24 CFR part 135 may result in sanctions, termination of this contract for default, and debarment or suspension from future HUD assisted contracts.
G. With respect to work performed in connection with section 3 covered Indian housing assistance, section 7(b) of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450e) also applies to the work to be performed under this contract. Section 7(b) requires that to the greatest extent feasible (i) preference and opportunities for training and employment shall be given to Indians, and (ii) preference in the award of contracts and subcontracts shall be given to Indian organizations and Indian-owned Economic Enterprises. Parties to this contract that are subject to the provisions of section 3 and section 7(b) agree to comply with section 3 to the maximum extent feasible, but not in derogation of compliance with section 7(b).

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