There’s an old saying that “80 percent of success is just showing up.”
If that’s true, it was in full force Tuesday night when the Bridgeport City Council awarded competitive bids to two groups who were in attendance that night.
The first, Century 21’s Sue Meek, was awarded a bid to sell property on the Rutherford Ranch after her profile was evaluated by the council. Meek was one of two possible Realtors at the meeting competing for the bid, and Mayor Corey Lane took notice.
“I think anyone looking for work who shows up here deserves our attention,” Lane said. Meek’s bid was approved 3-0-1, with Councilman Jimmy Meyers abstaining. Councilman Bobby Brazier was absent.
That same principle applied to landscaping companies looking to maintain properties that have recently been turned over to the city. Cut and Grow, Butch Haas and All-Wise Garden Center were all considered for the bid, but representatives from Cut and Grow were in attendance Tuesday night. Their attendance worked in their favor, too.
“Based on the precedence of people that are here getting the bid, I say give it to Cut and Grow,” Councilman David Correll said.
Cut and Grow’s bid was approved 3-1, with Meyers dissenting.
At the end of the meeting, following a one-hour closed session, City Administrator Brandon Emmons announced his intent to retire Dec. 26.
“About two weeks ago, I met with most of the council members and announced my intent to retire,” Emmons said. “I spent the last 20 years of my life in municipal government, and I’ve had the opportunity to retire early and explore some opportunities in the private sector. My last day will be Dec. 26, and I’ll be able to explore some of my passions, such as foreign travel and nonprofit work.”
Emmons said he’s also getting married next year, and although it’s an exciting time, he’s also nervous about the career change.
“The four-and-a-half years that I’ve lived in Bridgeport have been great, and we’ve accomplished a lot,” he said. “Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be holding some special meetings to discuss how to proceed after I leave.”
The council also:
- amended the city’s fee schedule to include a Brewer’s Self Distribution Permit and Distiller’s Agents Permit fee.
“We don’t really need the fees now, but it’s a good idea to go ahead and start implementing them should the need ever come up,” City Secretary Jesica McEachern said.
- amended the fiscal year 2013-14 official budget to account for actual revenues and expenses and
- listened to a presentation from Brian Haynes of Halff Associates on the city’s road improvement project. The project would improve the city’s roads over three phases through April 2016 and cost $4,390,000. A contractor for the project should be chosen in December.
The council’s next meeting will be a special session 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, to discuss Emmons’ replacement. The next regular meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4. Both meetings will be at 900 Thompson St. and are open to the public.