Hodge: Bidders should hire locally
Council weighs requirement for seeking countybased vendors
— 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