Covington council approves designer for updating the elected officials’ office
Several months after the matter was first brought up, the Covington City Council voted unanimously to hire an interior designer to redecorate the elected officials’ office at City Hall.
On Monday, the council voted to approve a $5,800 contract with Susan Dario, an Atlantabased interior designer. Dario was not the lowest bidder. The lowest bidder was Beth Miller, an interior designer from Covington, who would have charged the city $5,000.
A subcommittee, comprised of Mayor Kim Carter, Coun- cilwoman Hawnethia Williams and Councilman Mike Whatley, said they advised the council to choose Dario because she was more experienced in redesigning commercial properties.
Some of Dario’s previous work includes designing the interiors of a coffee shop, law offices and several Marriott and Hyatt hotels, according to her Web site.
The interior design contract does not include the cost of purchasing new furnishings. The city council has said that to the greatest extent possible, efforts will be made to purchase all items from local vendors.
Dario was the mayor’s origi- nal pick to redesign the office. After several council members said they wondered if a local contractor couldn’t be found to perform the work instead, the council approved the re-bidding out of the interior design contract in June. By law, the council is required to bid out all capital bids more than $100,000. In other city council news: • The council approved a resolution to finance the purchase of additional land for the Covington Municipal Airport.
The land, comprised of two parcels totaling less than three acres, is located on Ga. Highway 142, across the street from the airport’s runway.
The city will issue either bonds or execute a lease-purchase agreement and is to pay no more than $1.8 million for the land.
City Manager Steve Horton said the city has negotiated signed agreements with the two property owners, Stirling Concepts and the Little family. “We didn’t have to have them but it was just looking out for the future,” said Horton of the land purchases.
• A motion to amend the city’s zoning map for the rezoning of Pace Street to mixed use downtown was approved by the council. Also approved were newly revised personnel and purchasing policies.