Council considers bids for downtown restrooms

COVINGTON — The City Council is taking the next step to provide public restrooms for the downtown area.

The council plans to discuss the four bids received in order to renovate the building located at 1147 Washington St. into a women’s and men’s restroom facility at Monday’s meeting.

The city of Covington purchased the property for the appraised value of $88,800 in November. Deputy City Manager Billy Bouchillon said the restroom plans have been drawn by City Planner Randy Vinson and four bids were submitted for the project.

The lowest bidder was Atlanta Fire and Restoration Service Inc. at $121,760, which is greater than what was expected Bouchillon said.

Councilman Chris Smith said it’s a little more money than he anticipated, but he plans to seek guidance from the other council members on ways to reduce the costs.

“While the bids are a little higher, we’re going to discuss what’s next and see if we can revamp the layout in order to save some money,” Smith said. “But we’ve got the funds, and it’ll be money well spent.”

The other bidders were Garrison Construction Company Inc. for $127,900; Beatty Construction for $156,400; and Sunbelt Builders Inc. for $189,200.

Bouchillon said the restrooms will work well for smaller events held on the Square, but he said portable restrooms will still be needed for large scale events.

“It will only be four toilets on each side for the men’s and women’s, which won’t be enough when it comes to events like the Fourth of July,” Bouchillon said.

Smith spearheaded the project as a way to relieve merchants who often have event-goers asking to use their restroom facilities.

“We’ve looked at this for several years and when the location became available I jumped at the opportunity to finally offer this for not only tourists but our citizens who attend events around the Square,” Smith said.