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In Stunning Reversal, Boise Traffic Box Wrap Bid Rescinded by City Council

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For the first time in most people's memory, a bidding process at Boise City Hall has been successfully challenged.

Following a Boise Weekly investigation, the attorney representing Signs2U formally protested when the Boise City Department of Arts and History said it wanted to award Trademark Sign Company an approximate $50,000 contract to fabricate and wrap 39 traffic boxes with public art, despite the fact that Trademark's bid was the highest of seven submitted to the city.

"The city said its budget for this project was $45,000, renewable for two years. And the winning bid—submitted by Trademark—$57,486 was not only over budget, it was the most expensive... almost by three times," Carey Perkins LLP attorney Jessica Pollack, representing Signs2U, told the Boise City Council Tuesday night.

Officials with the city's purchasing department said price was a minor consideration and instead gave perfect marks for experience to the winning bidder. That's when Signs2U decided to take its argument to the Boise City Council, and on June 9, Boise lawmakers agreed that the bid should be rescinded and the process should go back to the drawing board.

After hearing arguments from Pollack and Boise Purchasing Manager Colin Millar, council members and Boise Mayor Dave Bieter had high praise for Millar's work on multiple other projects, but questioned the process involving the bids to wrap the traffic boxes. Ultimately, the council voted 4-1 to rescind the bid, with only Councilman Scott Ludwig saying the bid shouldn't be rescinded. 
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