By: Diane Benjamin
See previous story: https://blnnews.com/2021/06/30/what-did-the-sign-cost/
In that story is an email stating estimates, not including the sign, were $55,000.
I think I have finally finished reading everything I received by FOIA, thankfully I didn’t ask for attachments to emails. I would have had many more thousands of pages to read!
Start by reviewing the City of Bloomington code for procurement: https://ecode360.com/34405745
The original lit sign estimate was over $25,000. Keep in mind the whole project was not bid, 3 potential providers were simply emailed. If other providers exist, they never knew about the project. I wonder if the redacted emails from Legal discussed usurping procurement code!
To get the cost of just the sign below $25,000, staff built the base. They also located some gizmo that was used to light it.
Back to the $55,000 above. Landscaping was extensive. Trees were removed and a 15′ pole and sign were placed somewhere, no idea what the sign says but they asked CIRA for permission before installing it.
How did they get landscaping to avoid the procurement code? They split it to span 2 fiscal years:
The costs were paid by the Parks Department with money taken from Economic Development. We are now in FY 2022, so another $25,000 has been spent since May 1st or will be.
Other notable emails:
No other quotes were obtained.