The city council accepted a $57,505 bid from Corus360 for the necessary hardware and software to effectively run the city’s upcoming Web site. The bid was cheaper than the deal the city could get with its government discount, City Systems Information Manager Bobby Johnson said. Thoughtbridge, the company hired to build the city’s Web site, will begin meeting with various city department's on Monday to determine each departments requirements for the Web site.
In other city council business:
• Mayor Carter announced on Tuesday that the city had received a $50,000 reimbursement grant from the Department of Transportation for beautification work done on the city’s entrance near the exit 90 Interstate 20 interchange.
• The city will block of State Route 36 from 1 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, March 27, in order to hold a service to honor the National Guard’s 121st Light Infantry Division Company B. Mayor Carter and Rep. Doug Holt (R-Social Circle) are expected to speak at the event.
• Covington is applying for recertification as a City of Ethics. According to the Georgia Municipal Association’s Web site, the purpose of the City of Ethics program is to "recognize cities that have adopted principles and procedures that offer guidance on ethical issues, along with a mechanism to resolve complaints at the local level … it is an attempt to raise awareness about ethics issues at the local level and provide a local forum for the airing and resolution of legitimate concerns."
• The city council must still decide whether to fund part of the Covington July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza. Council Member John Howard said some corporate sponsors may have been found to fund the event, but nothing has been officially decided.