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Downtown Gateway Signage Set for Re-Bid

By: Luke Treat
Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2014

BRANSON, Mo. – The Downtown Gateways signage, approved on its first reading, is now back to the drawing board after aldermen voted down the project on its final reading.

The city received only one bid for two signs to be built on Commercial Street for $523,149 – 40% percent higher than expected. The single bid came from Carson-Mitchell, the same firm that built the RecPlex.

Alderman Rick Todd says his decision to approve the signage didn’t set well with him:

Rick Todd H012 (:20) “…ready to go”

Aldermen stopped the project with the current bid with a vote of 5 no and one yes – the lone vote in favor of the project coming from Alderman Chris Bohinc

Chris Bohinc H013 (:14) “…have lower bids”

The board directed the engineering staff to re-bid the project. 


Full story here: Luke Treat H014 (1:18) “…I’m Luke Treat”

John Smith - 02/12/2014 3:22:17 PM
This is a total waste of money. The city has no money for more staff or raises for staff but has money for bs signs give me a break remember this when these people are up for election
Josh Smith speaks - 02/13/2014 6:12:32 AM
This Half a Million Gateway City sign proposal is a stupid idea just like the library tax that I helped to defeat in 2012. If the city would only listen to my common horse sense they'd place a cheap plastic banner sign on both sides of the Hiway 65 bridge @ Billy Goat Hill, which is near the big water tower sign. The city engineers wouldn't have to engineer anything,just get permission from cranky MoDot. We people own the roads and highways anyway. This is our country. We must take it back before the Liberal Democrats ruin it beyond repair. Let Freedom Ring once again before the New Madrid Earthquake Fault erupts again. Josh Smith
POJ - 02/13/2014 12:23:33 PM
Why do public projects cost twenty times more than private projects? Half a million dollars for 2 signs? This is uber crazy. Cannot public officials look after public (our) monies more responsibly? Sign project seems OK, but the cost is very unreal. I know there are local craftsmen that could do the job for about $18 to $20 thousand each. Once you let out the word, every engineer, architect, and contractor starts the "oh big deal, we must analyze this thing to death, do a bird study, see what effects it will have on watershed (it just falls to the street as normal), do fifty thousand dollars worth of concept drawings. Like the sign concept, hate the direction this is going cost wise. Get some common sense people involved.
Somethings make you want to go ....??? - 02/13/2014 12:43:42 PM
Well once again the great Josh Smith speaks out, not sure what office you are trying to run for or if you have joined Taney County CIA (Citizens in Action)or both . You always have neg. things to say about anything the city or counties do. Sounds like to me that you are against everything.
Concerned - 02/13/2014 1:07:23 PM
I'm sorry, but this is a HUGE waste of money!!! This does absolutely NOTHING to bring people (and their money) to Branson. No one is going to say "Hey I heard Branson has a new sign, we should go spend the weekend there and see it!" This money should be put towards bringing more people to our DYING town. Way to go Branson, digging your own grave a little deeper.
accoountable - 02/13/2014 1:13:52 PM
Talk about a total waste paying a consultant 100,s of thousands to get lip service for something the city staff could have designed worked on thru the year , but no we pay our consultants and contractors more because we don't honor loyal employees just our city engineer leading us down a deep and expensive path to pay our consultant cronies millions, same thing on 76 waste! election time make a change
Area business - 02/13/2014 1:32:30 PM
No entity should pay more than necessary for a quality product. Some folks like things to look nice and create and "experience" for our visitors. Cities that are dependent on tourism most definitely need to consider capital improvements and make wise decisions. Banners? Really?
John Lylley - 02/13/2014 2:40:00 PM
If you call the people in this county Liberal Democrats you had better look up the meaning.
Nic Chavez - 02/24/2014 11:19:06 PM
Pplease let me know if you plan to re-bid the project.After reviewing the project, I guess on fair pricing using Local vendors would be around 200k. We understand The pricing may be high in the current situation, but using 250.00 banners as a main gateway sign would really cheaping the integrity of the city. As the saying goes, you only have one chance at a first impression. Pleaes let us know regarding the rebid,