San Benito County Health & Human Services will re-issue a request for proposals on a promotional video after it came to light the department didn’t do as much outreach as previously expressed.
The county at a March meeting approved a $12,000 contract with Schipper Design to produce a three-minute promotional video aimed at social media. Schipper submitted the lone bid on the work before initially being awarded the contract.
At the time when questioned, Enrique Arreola with Community Services Workforce Development noted how he thought HHS promoted the RFP, first released in November, on social media and a local media site. In the March discussion, he also said the agency reached out to local video businesses before awarding the bid and that some just weren’t interested.
Arreola at Tuesday’s board meeting said after consulting with staff, it turns out there was no promotion on social media or a local media website as previously stated and that the county would re-issue the RFP.
Arreola said the county did promote it on the HHS and Community Action Board websites, and that the agency sent the request to “10 or 11” video or media firms in the county. It’s unclear what firms had been contacted about the RFP.
He said the county decided re-issue the RFP “just to make it more transparent and more accessible” to businesses.
Staff members were going to be consulting with one another on details for the RFP before re-issuing it.
In the March meeting before the item’s approval, supervisors questioned Arreola over the $12,000 cost, which officials said seemed high, and the level of promotion that had been done for the RFP. The county board approved the item 3-2 at the time, but there was some concern after the fact that supervisors hadn’t received accurate information before their yes vote.
Editor’s Note: San Benito Live Editor/Owner Kollin Kosmicki, the author of this story, produces similar promotional videos.