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Bridge Tolls, Property Demolitions, Streetscaping Top Covington Commission Agenda

The Covington City Commission will have its final meeting of 2013 on Tuesday, its third in the new City Hall on Pike Street.

The lengthy agenda includes a presentation by the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce that will likely be heavy on talk of the Brent Spence Bridge project.

The city commission will also consider hiring a new, permanent finance director to replace interim Finance Director Ivan Frye who replaced the jailed Bob Due. The position of assistant finance director is also expected to be created.

The agenda is as follows:

NKY Chamber presentation

Representatives from the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce will present details on its priorities for the 2014 General Assembly legislative session. Expect to hear discussion on how to finance the Brent Spence Bridge project. Governor Steve Beshear spoke last week at a Chamber luncheon and said the bridge project is a priority for the region.

Retirement, hirings

Assistant Covington Fire Chief Brian Bamberger will retire. He has been with the department for twenty-one years.

Asa Olusola will retire as an auditor in the finance department.

The city commission will also consider the hiring of Kyle Shepard as a police officer.

41 properties to be demolished

The city commission will consider an expenditure of $680,000 from the capital fund to raze forty-one properties. An additional twenty would be pushed through the foreclosure process. According to the agenda, nearly all of the properties are maintained by city staff, taking up a large amount of time. More than four dozen properties were razed in similar fashion in 2013.

Streetscaping to connect Downtown to Mainstrasse Village

The Sixth Street corridor was identified in the Center City Action Plan as an important and underused connection between the Central Business District and Mainstrasse Village.

This proposed project will place utilities underground, make streetscape improvements, and replace the sidewalks. The road will also be resurfaced.

Similar work will take place on Scott Boulevard between Fourth and Sixth Streets.

The project would cost $121,800 with 80% (or $97,400) reimbursed by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Other notes:

  • The City will set the schedule for its 2014 meetings
  • A lease will be worked out to lease space at City Hall to the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights to have an office there at a cost of $1,200 annually. An office was maintained by the state commission at the previous City Hall and local representative John C.K. Fischer, who advises the Covington Human Rights Commission (of which RCN editor Michael Monks is an appointed member), is already working out of the new City Hall.
  • The City will pay $4,064 to participate in the Kenton County Government Study Group's plans for a commission to analyze the recommendations put forth by the group. Each city in the county is being asked to participate at a cost of ten cents per citizen.
  • Commissioner Chuck Eilerman is expected to be reappointed as the city's representative at the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission with Mayor Sherry Carran as the alternate.

Photo: Covington City Hall/RCN file