Our thoughts... The of­fice saga

The Covington News - - Opinion -

The on­go­ing saga on what to do with the mayor’s of­fice in Cov­ing­ton just might have come to a fruit­ful end this past week.

The Cov­ing­ton city coun­cil voted to 2-4 last Mon­day to de­cline a bid to re­dec­o­rate the elected of­fi­cials’ of­fice.

As we have said be­fore, we agree that the Cov­ing­ton elected of­fi­cials’ of­fice is in des­per­ate need of a re­fur­bish­ing.

This of­fice is not only used by the mayor, but also as a meet­ing place for busi­nesses and in­dus­tries that might want to make Cov­ing­ton their home.

We strongly dis­agree with the idea of hav­ing to pay for the ser­vices of a pro­fes­sional, es­pe­cially some­one who op­er­ates out­side of our city or county, to trans­form the mayor’s of­fice into an of­fice that re­flects the tra­di­tions and am­biance of our city.

The costs to up­date the of­fice and pay the de­signer is es­ti­mated to be ap­prox­i­mately $28,000.

There are plenty of tal­ented peo­ple in the city or county who, if asked, would be proud to serve on a com­mit­tee that would be re­spon­si­ble for mak­ing rec­om­men­da­tions for this project.

Th­ese com­mu­nity folks could prob­a­bly work with some of lo­cal fur­ni­ture and fix­ture dealers to se­cure a fair price. We also en­cour­age any lo­cal res­i­dent with com­mer­cial in­te­rior de­sign ex­pe­ri­ence to sub­mit a pro­posal for how to lower the price of the of­fice ren­o­va­tion to the ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee.

We sug­gest that a com­mit­tee be ap­pointed now, so that this project can be com­pleted by spring at a much bet­ter cost.

That be­ing said, we know that the coun­cil would not be con­sid­er­ing a re­dec­o­ra­tion if they were not en­joy­ing a bud­get sur­plus for this fis­cal year. We ap­plaud the coun­cil for op­er­at­ing in the black this year, un­like many other large and small mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, in­clud­ing At­lanta, which are now ask­ing for emer­gency loans from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

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