February 14, 2012, 10:06 a.m. Updated: 22 February 2012, 12:00 a.m.
The Shawnee City Council last week chose a contractor to perform traffic signal and streetlight maintenance, which prompted discussion of giving some preference to local bidders.
Mark One Electric, Kansas City, Kan., was the winning contractor with a bid of $69,472.
In the last 10 years, Shawnee’s streetlights and traffic signals have nearly doubled, according to a city report. Shawnee now maintains 3,989 streetlights and 61 traffic signals, and manages 2,112 streetlights owned by electric companies. For several years, the city has hired a contractor to help maintain the equipment.
Council member Michelle Distler noted the second-lowest bid was just $833 more than Mark One’s and came from Total Electric Contractors Inc. of Edwardsville, which is owned by a Shawnee resident. Distler read part of a letter from Total Electric, noting the company’s local ties.
Council member Jeff Vaught said he wanted the city to look into devising a weighted system that would give preference to Shawnee bidders.
In other business at its Feb. 13 meeting, the council:
• Appointed Shawnee resident Stephanie Meyer to the Planning Commission. Meyer is director of external affairs for the Kansas Bioscience Authority and holds a master’s degree in public administration and bachelor’s degree in journalism and public relations from Kansas University.
Meyer replaces longtime planning commissioner Frank Woodbury, who died in January.
According to his obituary, Woodbury, 67, retired as branch manager of Mission Bank in 2007. In addition to serving on the Planning Commission, he was active with the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce, Shawnee Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Shawnee Lions Club.
• Appointed Shawnee resident Randy Braley to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Braley owns Randy Braley Photography and is a partner in Braley Consulting. He formerly worked in marketing for HNTB Architecture, Bucher, Willis and Ratliff Corporation, 360 Architecture and Shafer, Kline and Warren.
Braley replaces Elaine Gustafson, who resigned at the end of her term.
• Recognized members of the Shawnee Police Department for earning a Bronze award for traffic safety from AAA Kansas.
• Renewed licenses for 13 massage establishments in the city. Licenses run through Dec. 31.
Originally published at: http://www.shawneedispatch.com/news/2012/feb/14/streetlight-contract-sparks-discussion-about-suppo/