July 12, 2016 - 5:42 PM
VERNON - The City of Vernon will be issuing a new Request for Proposals (RFP) to create and install three Vernon gateway signs after the initial competitive bid process resulted in only one quote that was almost four times the approved project budget.
The gateway sign project was initiated by Vernon Council with a budget of $55,000 in September 2015. The design for the signs was approved in March 2016, with a goal of installing the signs in late spring or early summer.
The original RFP was issued following approval from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for the installation, operation, and maintenance of the signs. The single response to the RFP was for $200,000.
City staff reached out to potential bidders about the low response and project costs. Their feedback will be incorporated into the new RFP. A new completion date for the gateway signs will also be determined through the RFP process.
At this time, the total expenses for the project are $3,870 for design work and $2,110 for an engineering review. The current budget for construction and installation of the signs remains at $55,000.
The signs on Highway 6 and Highway 97 at the north end of the city will remain in their present locations, and the sign on Highway 97 south of Vernon will be moved to a new location along the highway near the historic Watson House.
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