This Mayor and Council Communication (M&C) is to authorize the purchase of 60 driver speed feedback signs using the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) Contract No. PE15-05 for the purchase and installation of "Your Speed" signs City-wide. These signs have been proven to increase driver compliance with posted speed limits. The Traffic Engineering section of TPW uses these signs to address citizen concerns relative to undesirable high speed traffic in neighborhood environs. These signs are "portable" and will be moved around the City as requests arise.
There will be an annual impact on the operating budget in the amount of $18,000.00 to support the continued maintenance of the signs.
COOPERATIVE PURCHASE - State law provides that a local government purchasing an item or service under a Cooperative Purchasing Agreement satisfies any state law requiring that the local government seek competitive bids for purchase of the item or service. H-GAC contracts were competitively bid to increase and simplify the purchasing power of government entities.
ADMINISTRATIVE CHANGE ORDER - An administrative change order or increase may be made by the City Manager in the amount up to $100,000.00 and does not require specific City Council approval as long as sufficient funds have been appropriated.
M/WBE OFFICE - A waiver of the goal for MBE/SBE subcontracting requirements was requested by the department and approved by the M/WBE Office, in accordance with the BDE Ordinance, because the purchase of goods or services from source(s) where subcontracting or supplier opportunities are negligible.
This M&C does not request approval of a contract with a business entity.