COVINGTON -- County commissioners are interested in promoting Newton County through video, but elected not to contract with a company that could provide the service for free to the county, in hopes that a local business can instead provide the service.
Commissioners heard a presentation last Tuesday regarding CGI Communications Inc., which has partnered with more than 300 counties across the country to showcase their various assets through video streaming, with links provided on websites or through social media.
The service is provided free of charge to counties and is funded through a sponsorship program whereby local businesses can purchase ads to be featured on the video site. The county could have up to six two-minute videos focusing on various aspects of the county, such as a general welcome; quality of life; real estate and relocation; education; business and industry; and tourism and attractions.
However, Commissioner Lanier Sims said he is familiar with the service, and that prices were expensive for local businesses, with little return. He said he believes there are local companies that could easily put together such videos for a reasonable cost.
"I would hate to have a product that overcharges local businesses just to be featured on a local county website," he said.
Commissioners agreed to table the matter while staff checks into local businesses.
In other business, County Manager John Middleton informed commissioners there were more than 30 participants in a mandatory pre-bid conference for the landscape maintenance service on April 11.
The RFP is posted on the county's website under Current Bid Openings. Sealed proposals will be accepted at the Newton County Administration Building, Administrative Services, 1113 Usher St., Suite 201, Covington, GA, 30014, until 10 a.m. Thursday, April 25.
According to the RFP, contractors are required to maintain at least $1 million per occurrence in comprehensive general liability, commercial automobile liability and statutory workers compensation insurance.
The bid package also specifies that the contractor must maintain a valid business license for the duration of the contract term, along with all applicable state licenses and permits. A current copy of all required licenses is required to be submitted with the proposal.
Digital copies of proposal documents, specifications and additional information can be obtained by contacting Mary Ann Patterson, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 678-625-1230. Hard copies can be obtained for $50.
County commissioners agreed to issue an RFP for the landscape maintenance service in late February. Commissioners initially awarded the more than $98,000 contract to Durden's Lawn Maintenance by a vote of 3 to 2. Following the Feb. 5 meeting during which Durden's was awarded the contract, the Citizen examined the business license file and discovered that owner Billy Durden was operating without a valid license. In addition, Durden's operated without a license from 2002 to 2006, during which time he held the county contract for lawn care.