Cov­ing­ton coun­cil ap­proves de­signer for up­dat­ing the elected of­fi­cials’ of­fice

The Covington News - - Local news - By Rachel Oswald

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.

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