Corpus Christi pays nearly $10,000 for timer

July 5, 2011 7:36:01 AM PDT
A Texas city is paying nearly $10,000 to fix a buzzer and light system that lets speakers know when their time is up before the city council. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported Monday that the total is about 10 times the cost paid by cities of similar size. Amarillo spent $817 on its timing system. El Paso spent $895.

Corpus Christi general services director Jim Davis says the system broke in late winter. The department decided it needed to be replaced in time for the next council meeting and Moffett Controls was hired. The company rebuilt the timer for $9,550.

A memo from Davis, to council members, said staffers did not check prices before placing the order. Davis declined to disclose the name of an employee who's been disciplined.

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