The cost to purchase a traffic safety arrow board for use by city departments is far below the amount budgeted for the equipment.

The parks department mainly will be using the board when personnel are tending to the median planting areas that have been added on Highway 100, east of Highway 47, but it can be used by other departments as well, city council members were told during their meeting this week.

The parks department has taken over maintenance of the landscaped medians and under Missouri Department of Transportation requirements, the city must provide adequate safety control measures for city workers within MoDOT right of way, according to a letter from Darren Dunkle, parks director.

The council approved an ordinance to purchase the unit from Traffic Control Company Inc., Valley Park, for $4,266. The 2013-14 fiscal year budget allocated $9,000 for the equipment.

“It (the bid) came in quite lower than anticipated,” Dunkle told council members.

He said he solicited bids from three companies but Traffic Control was the only firm that responded by the bid deadline.

The median landscaping project was funded chiefly with federal enhancement grant funds with a match provided by the city.

The medians were planted with native grasses and flowers which won’t reach their full heights for a couple of years, city officials have noted.