COVINGTON - Commissioners have tabled the selection of a contractor to install a metal roof on the concession stand at the Miracle League field at the request of Commissioner Levie Maddox.
Miracle League representatives will come before the board at a work session scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Maddox said he’d like to see a presentation on the overall vision for the project for himself and other board members who took office in the new year.
The low bidder for the roof installation, at $31,000, was PK Construction out of Loganville. Two other bidders, both local, also submitted proposals. Outback Companies out of Oxford bid $35,500 and SteelCo Buildings Inc. out of Covington bid $35,650.
“My strong push is to have a local company with their fingerprints and their name associated with this project,” Maddox said.
He said one of the bidders donated an entrance at City Pond Park and, “I think it says a lot for the county to encourage participation from the local business community.” Maddox was referring to SteelCo, which donated a pavilion and paved the entryway at City Pond several years ago.
Commissioner Lanier Sims, who sits on the building committee for the Miracle League, said he agrees with Maddox’s comments regarding local businesses. “I hope any time we’re looking at bids that we first look local because they’re going to take those funds and spend back in our community. They have employees that work for them that live in our community,” he said.
Miracle League Consultant Tamara Richardson said Tuesday’s presentation will include a history of the project, donations received to date and a list of every Newton County business that has worked on the project and how much they have been paid.
Richardson said there is a long list of local businesses that have been involved in the project to date and that Miracle League tries to buy local whenever possible. A contract to install the parking lot at about $200,000 was recently awarded to a company out of Oxford, for example.
County Manager John Middleton said there is a buy local clause “that we hope will make it easier for our local providers to be a part of some of the projects that we do have in the community” in the proposed purchasing policy which will also be discussed at another work session to take place 6 p.m. Thursday.