SIOUX CITY -- Sioux City is proposing to switch the firm that provides security in its downtown skywalk system and parking garages.
The move comes as the three-year contract for the city's current contractor, Per Mar Security, comes to a close this month. Per Mar submitted the low bid of around $595,000 for a new three-year deal. But city staff and the Parking and Skywalk System Board of Trustees, which advises the city on parking and skywalk matters, has instead recommended the City Council accept a competing bid of around $649,000 from Sergeant Bluff-based 1st Class Security Inc.
The city earlier this year put out a request for proposals to 11 security vendors. Of the five qualifying bids listed in council documents, 1st Class Security was the middle bid. Per Mar was the lowest, followed by Securitas Security Services at $630,000.
The two higher bids included G4S Secure Solutions, at $757,785, and SC Night Patrol, at $864,864.
The request for proposals allowed an evaluation committee composed of city staff and board of trustees members to evaluate the companies on multiple criteria, including cost, experience, qualifications, proposed approaches to quality, and familiarity with the skywalk system. City documents say 1st Class Security was the unanimous choice of the board of trustees following the consideration process.
The city has approximately two miles of skywalk connecting buildings that span approximately 10 blocks in the city's downtown. They are open 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sundays. Two to three guards monitor the skywalk system during all hours of operation.
The cost of the contract is paid by the properties subject to skywalk assessments and the parking ramps.