Hodge: Bid­ders should hire lo­cally

Coun­cil weighs re­quire­ment for seek­ing coun­ty­based ven­dors

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CHERYL MATTIX

cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com

— The Ce­cil County Coun­cil agreed Tues­day to ap­point a work group to ex­am­ine the pros and cons of ask­ing con­trac­tors bid­ding on county projects to at least con­sider hir­ing county-based ven­dors or sub­con­trac­tors.

The re­quest comes from Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Robert Hodge, who is a lo­cal busi­ness owner and a long­time pro­po­nent of hir­ing lo­cally.

Hodge has brought this busi­ness ini­tia­tive up in pre­vi­ous years, but it failed to go any­where. This time, coun­cil mem­bers sug­gested the pro­posal has merit, but needs more study.

“I’m gen­er­ally in fa­vor of this,” Coun­cil­man Ge­orge Patchell said.

Patchell, who is the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the YMCA of Ce­cil County, said his or­ga­ni­za­tion tries to use lo­cal ven­dors when­ever pos­si­ble.

How­ever, Hodge got push back from some of the county ad­min­is­tra­tion, in­clud­ing

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