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Council haggles over RFP’s for city business

This news story was published on November 8, 2012.
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Mason City Council met on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

MASON CITY – The Mason City Council met Tuesday evening for its regular meeting.

The council agreed after a rare 4-2 vote (Council members John Lee and Travis Hickey voting against) to raise the dollar threshold needed for a required Request for Proposal (RFP) for a city project or contracted services from $25,000 to $75,000.  Any needed project or service below the $75,000 amount can be chosen by city staff with no RFP, based on “flexibility and discretion.”

Final payment was approved for an emergency vehicle replacement preemption GPS system.  The system clears the way for emergency vehicles at intersections with stoplights, 42 total.  The total cost was $609,050, paid for by LOSST (tax revenue) and the Mason City Grants Program.

In the checks and claims register paid by the city, one of the first payments from the city’s new Micro-Enterprise program in conjunction with the NIACC Pappajohn Center was made.  A payment of $1,752.09 was made to Roller City, one of two Mason City businesses participating.  Sources tell NIT the money was a reimbursement for concessions supplies.

The council made final approval for the posting of agendas, packets and minutes to the city’s official website at

Read council packet here.

Watch entire meeting:


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    Mike Petersen Reply Report comment

    November 8, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    25 to 75 seems like a pretty big jump. Kind of opens the door for some out of control spending, hopefully it isn’t taken advantage of. Kudos to Lee and Hickey for watching out for that taxpayers.