The city of Dardenne Prairie has numerous street signs that are old, difficult to read and in need of replacement. The city also must comply with federal regulations for a minimum 9-inch size of street signs and highly reflective lettering. As a result, the city is currently planning to replace about one-third of its street signs each year until all the needed sign upgrades have been completed.
City staff created a project for the manufacture and delivery of the first 74 signs to be installed by the St. Charles County Highway Department under an existing street maintenance contract. The staff received three bids for the project, which were opened publicly on Sept. 25. The lowest bid of $2,094 came from Jefferson City-based Missouri Vocational Enterprises.
The total cost for the project will include an additional $3,550 to install the signs with new signposts, as larger street signs do not always fit on existing posts. The city’s total budget for replacement of the signs is $10,000.
City staff recommended an ordinance [Bill #19-38] to accept the bid from Missouri Vocational Enterprises and authorized the mayor to negotiate and execute a contract. At its Oct. 2 meeting, the Board of Aldermen passed the bill by a vote of 6 to 0.
According to the Missouri Department of Corrections, the Missouri Vocational Enterprises [MVE] program operates industries and programs to produce a variety of products and services for state agencies, city and county governments, political subdivisions, state employees and not-for-profit organizations. The goal of this program is to increase employment and training opportunities for offenders assigned to correctional centers to promote productive and law-abiding conduct after release to the community.
Currently, 22 industries are operated in 12 correctional centers statewide. These industries employ about 1,400 offenders monthly. Products and services include industrial laundry, clothing, furniture, graphic arts, office systems manufacturing and installation, metal products and sign production and more.