Council Makes Red, White and Black New Official City Colors
By Jeff Toquinto on June 11, 2012
- Presented a proclamation to members of the Bridgeport Thespian Troupe that qualified for the national tournament thanks to their showing in the state competition. Two members were on hand with their troupe advisor. Stories on those qualifying can be found by clicking here: http://www.connect-bridgeport.com/connect.cfm?func=view§ion=Community&item=BHS-Mullins-Wins-State-Thespian-Title81and here: http://www.connect-bridgeport.com/connect.cfm?func=view§ion=News&item=After-Further-Review-Ludwig-Cottrill-Now-State-Thespian-Champions110
- Officially awarded the bid of $87,590 to Dodd General Contracting to do the city’s annual concrete street repairs. Council also approved a 10 percent contingency for the project, which still left the project under budget, according to City Engineer Tom Brown. The list of streets can be found by clicking here: http://www.connect-bridgeport.com/connect.cfm?func=view§ion=News&item=City-Opens-Bids-on-Concrete-Street-Repairs-Targeted-Roads-Listed289
- Agreed to lease a water line from the Clarksburg Water Board for $100 a month that goes under Interstate 79 near White Oaks. Only two residential customers and the new Circle K Exxon will be customers of the line.
- Approved the cable franchise agreement with Time Warner Cable. Assistant City Manager Jimmy Smith pointed out that it was last done in the mid-1990s, which would have been done under former City Manager, the late Harold Weiler. He said the move is required by the state Public Service Commission and for the most part is status quo.
- Approved a balanced water fund budget of $3,148,267.00. The budget includes the annual 4 percent increase that was approved by the PSC a few years earlier.
- Approved the cemetery fund budget. The budget this year basically doubles the rate of foundations if the monument is purchased through an outside vendor. Marra said her research showed this was the standard for cemeteries. Smith backed up that with his own research.
- Approved a budget revision that included an additional $60,000 in hotel/motel tax revenue. Of that total, $30,000 will go to the CVB and the other $30,000 will go to Bridgeport Parks and Recreation for a project to be approved by Council at a later date. Council serves as a conduit to forward those monies to those entities as required by state law.
Editor's Note: Cover photo shows Council member Robert Greer asking members to consider reviewing former materials on the city's color scheme before making a change. Inside top, Council member Diana Marra gives her reasoning as to why the change should be made. Lower level, Council member Melissa Matheny correctly pointed out that the color scheme prior to the current one actually involved more of a maroon color than red. That scheme still exists in certain locations.