Blythe locals and neighbors are seeing a revamp look to the signage at two resident parks, as Todd and Miller Park have had new monuments installed at their respective site locations.

The project was part of an approved July 24 City Council construction and installation agreement with Brandt Group Inc. at a reported cost of $25,050.00; City of Blythe Public Works Department street and parks crew workers were approved to perform labor to include demolition, excavation, and compaction of the project.

“On March 2017, the Public Works Department sought landscape architects to propose a standard design for monuments at Todd and Miller parks. TKD & Associates Inc., a landscape architectural firm, prepared the design approved by the (City of Blythe) Parks and Recreation Committee,” states the staff report. “After approval of the monument design(, the) Public Works Department started looking for quotes for the construction of the monuments according to the specifications provided by TKD & Associates. There was no response from TKD’s recommended landscaping companies located in the Coachella Valley and Riverside. City Staff decided to prepare bid documents in order to receive proposals from landscaping companies.”

On June 20, Brandt Group Inc. – a Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise and Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Enterprise certified company – contacted the city requesting to be considered for the job.

“Public Works contacted the Brandt Group Inc., as an interested company in this project, and received the following quote for the installation of park monuments based on TKD plans and specification,” states the staff report.

The option to include new signage at the resident Appleby Park for an additional $12,000 (for a total of $37,050.00) was nixed. As noted in the July 24 meeting minutes, Appleby Park is the most vandalized park in the city; the bathrooms of the recreation area are currently closed due to vandalism.

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