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SPLIT VIEWS Sarasota County Commissioners Charles Hines and Nora Patterson consider agenda material during a recent meeting in Sarasota. File photo THE COUNTY COMMISSION CHANGES A RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT BUT FORGOES A NEW SUBCONTRACTOR GUIDELINE FOR COMPANIES SEEKING LOCAL PREFERENCE STATUS IN BIDDING ON PROJECTS By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor With split votes on two points on Feb. 12, guidelines regarding the use of local subconthe Sarasota County Commission increased tractors. the number of employees a company must have in one of three counties to qualify for The biggest sticking point for the board during the discussion proved local preference stato be how to handle tus in bidding on Sarasituations in which sota County projects Are we getting too detailed once [a outside companies and it agreed for the contract is] awarded? say they will use local time being not to give subcontractors then an outside firm local Charles Hines Commissioner fail to follow through preference status for Sarasota County on that. agreeing to specific

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