Quincy aldermen will be asked Monday to award a contract to AdForce Advertising Agency for design of educational materials, brochures, banners and public service advertisements involving the Safe Routes to School program.
AdForce was the low bidder at $2,900, with three other bids ranging up to $30,500.
At one time the city's Finance Committee considered rejecting all bids because of the wide range of proposal prices.
Chuck Bevelheimer, director of the city's Department of Planning and Development, said city officials concluded that "AdForce was the lowest responsible bidder and has the ability to complete design work in the allowed timeframe."
Safe Routes to Schools is a federal program that provides grants to communities to improve safety for school children. The city also received funding to buy 15 speed display boards and timers from CDS Office Technologies for $49,560. The signs will be installed near seven schools: Adams, Madison, Dewey, Washington, St. Peter, St. Francis and Quincy Junior High School. Eighteen blinker stop sign paddles also will be bought from Tapco Inc. for $2,970.