by Michael Monks
THE RIVER CITY NEWS MORE COVINGTON NEWS THAN ANY OTHER SOURCE
|Renaissance Covington Board President|
Barney Stengle listens to Downtown
residents and business owners
The Covington Farmers Market will likely move from Mainstrasse's Goebel Park to Court Street in front of the County Building in Roebling Point. During Thursday night's Downtown Dialogue at the Artisan Enterprise Center, Renaissance Covington director Katie Meyer said a presentation on the issue will be present to the city commission during its meeting on March 6. The market has struggled to gain traction at various locations but a $10,000 grant awarded to Renaissance Covington, which manages the Farmers Market, will allow for more serious marketing including direct mail to every home in the city. It will also allow for a contract to be awarded to an outside entity to take over management, for equipment to be used to process WIC and food stamp payments at the market, and for regular performers to entertain the crowd. Meyer expects more foot traffic for the market at its new location because of its proximity to the restaurants of Roebling Point and the high density of residents in the neighborhood.
OTHER NOTES FROM THURSDAY'S DOWNTOWN DIALOGUE
- Mayor Chuck Scheper spent a half hour meeting and greeting neighbors and business owners and discussing their concerns and goals for Downtown
- Roebling Fest planning is well underway and Gateway College has signed on as the presenting sponsor. Major Sponsorship opportunities are still available including one for the fireworks & music ($5,000); For information on the big one or for other sponsorship opportunities, call Katie Meyer at 859.292.2166
- The multicolor brick pavers that now adorn many sidewalks Downtown as part of the grant-funded Madison Avenue streetscape project may not be removed afterall. Mike Yeager from the City engineer's office said he had received mostly negative feedback about the colors and that the City was planning to remove and replace them with one color bricks. Feedback at the Dialogue however was positive and supportive of the multicolor. If the City does replace them there are two options: sell the bricks back to the manufacturer or use them elsewhere.