CHICAGO (WBBM/CBS) – Chicago City Clerk and mayoral candidate Miguel del Valle is blaming the city’s Procurement Office for a debacle that led to the cancellation of the contract for city stickers.
As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Mary Frances Bragiel reports, the deal with SecureMark Decal Corporation was called off one year into the five-year contract.
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“I recommended another contract, but Procurement went with the lowest bid. Procurement did not accept my recommendation. Procurement made the final decision,” del Valle said.
The cancellation stemmed from complaints last summer that the city vehicle stickers weren’t sticking properly.
CBS 2 reported in July that del Valle pointed out in a letter to the Procurement Office that stickers made by SecureMark the City of New York had the same problem. He asked that the city choose another company.
Meanwhile, more than 77,000 of the city stickers issued had to be replaced, forcing the city to extend the deadline for purchasing a sticker by two weeks.
“Ticket writing slowed down during that two-week period, but numbers already indicate that we have made up a lot of that,” del Valle said.
Newsradio 780’s calls to the Procurement Office were not immediately returned.
WBBM Newsradio 780’s Mary Frances Bragiel contributed to this report.