Rosenberg may soon have wayfinding signs guiding traffic through the city to destinations such as the historic district.

Rosenberg Development Corp. board members just want to make sure they get the most bang for their buck.

At the last RDC meeting, board members voted against accepting a contract with an engineering firm for the wayfinding signage project.

Over the last three years, the RDC has budgeted a total of $150,000 for the design and installation of wayfinding signage for retail and historic points of interest as well as directional signage to municipal facilities.

In March, one proposal was received in response to the wayfinding signage project.

The sole proposal from National Sign Plazas, amounting to $150,000, provides for a design phase of 120 days with a manufacture and installation time to be determined by the final design plan.

“I don’t very much like the idea that one person gave us a price,” RDC board member Jacob Balderas said. “I don’t feel comfortable with there being one proposal.

“What’s the market dictate because there’s no competition?”

RDC board member John Herne suggested putting the contract out to bid.

“This would be a contract to start the design process,” Economic Development Director Jeremy Heath explained. “We personally reached out to several cities on (National Sign Plazas’) list and got really good feedback.

“(National Sign Plazas) is very amenable to doing it the way we want it done.

“This would be directional signs for how to get to historic downtown or the police department. These would be more decorative.”

Balderas made a motion to reject the contract and rebid the proposal. The motion was seconded by Herne and passed unanimously.

The next RDC meeting will be held July 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the Rosenberg Civic and Convention Center, located at 3825 SH 36.

Citizens will be allowed to attend the meeting, but must first be screened for symptoms associated with COVID-19, including a temperature check; and must wear a protective mask while in the Civic Center.

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