During city council’s Dec. 3 meeting, Zermeno read a statement from Sereniah Breland, who was overseeing the project’s bidding process in 2011.
“It was a professional services contract,” Breland wrote. “We called and requested proposals. They were the only one that responded. We proposed two entrance signs at 18K each and two smaller signs at 7K. The rest of the money was for pedestrian and wayfinding signage.”
Councilwoman Liz Holsey has questioned the legality of the contract given to National Sign Plaza. Local Government Code states projects costing more than $50,000 must be advertised for competitive bids.
Breland said in her statement that Creative Signs was also contacted about the project, but did not return a bid. The estimated cost of the project is over $200,000.
“We’ve only dispersed $64,000,” said finance office assistant Brenda Moses.
“We’re not obligated to those signs,” Zermeno said. “My intent is to renegotiate those prices.”