by Michael Monks
BUSY COVINGTON COMMISSION MEETING SET FOR NEXT WEEK
On Tuesday night the Covington City Commission will meet for what will likely be a lengthy, important session. Here are the details:
- Lots of retirements and one resignation on the agenda. From the Fire Department: Chief Chuck Norris, Asst. Chief Alan Terry, Battalion Chief Bill Shelton, Lt. Chuck Spenlau, Engineer Todd Ryder, and EMT/Paramedic Marty Finan. From the Police Department: Sgt. Steve Sweeney. From the Devou Park Rangers: Karl Fry (listed as a resignation, not a retirement).
- EMS Director Dan Mathew will be appointed acting fire chief
- Another part of the Center City Action Plan (CCAP) will be presented for the first time as retail consultant Mike Berne comes back to town to discuss "retail positioning and strategy".
- The City's efforts to relax zoning restrictions on various types of businesses, as recommended in the CCAP, will have a first reading (but not a vote until August). For a review of what those zoning restrictions are, click here.
- A contract will likely be approved for the installation of 115 LED light fixtures in Mainstrasse Village and Riverside Drive at a cost of $105,000
- A contract for new destination signage for Devou Park will likely be approved at a cost of $36,000 (payable from Drees Pavilion allocation funds)
- The City will likely shift some of its federal housing funds to the Center for Great Neighborhoods as the organization moves to renovate three vacant properties on the 300 block of Orchard Street (which were purchased from the City earlier this year for one dollar). $74,000+ from the City's community development block grant funds and $44,000+ from the City's home "HOME" funds are being sought for assistance with this project.
- The Covington Neighborhood Collaborative will also present at the meeting, led by its President, Bill Wells