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Covington: Street Projects Delayed for Review; Changes to Liquor Law Possible

Plans to improve the streetscape along Sixth Street and a portion of Scott Boulevard remain delayed after Tuesday night's Covington city commission caucus meeting.

The only bid for the project - which includes new sidewalks and underground utilities - came from Hendy Construction at more than $1 million over budget.

City engineer Mike Yeager said that the high cost is related to the significant amount of electrical work that is required for the project. Commissioners agreed that they don't want to replace the sidewalks without placing the utilities underground, so Yeager will continue working with staff and contractors to find ways to make the project possible and affordable.


SEE PREVIOUSLY: What's next for downtown Covington street projects? City not sure.


Yeager will present his findings at the next Caucus meeting on May 2.

Commissioner Jordan Huizenga suggested a change to Sunday alcohol sales in Covington, recommending that the city create an ordinance changing the time in which restaurants are able to sell liquor.

Currently, restaurants can serve wines and beers before 11 a.m. on Sunday and liquor after by paying a $250 fee. Stores and bars can sell alcohol after 11 a.m.

Huizenga’s request comes after a request Smoke Justis, the new restaurant in the Roebling Point entertainment area, which is requesting a special permit to open early and serve liquor before 11 a.m. for the Flying Pig Marathon on May 7. Huizenga said that while many businesses won’t change regular hours for this purpose, it would prevent the city from having to issue special permits in situations like this.

Previously, the city allowed earlier serve times when the Cincinnati Bengals played a game in the United Kingdom, with an early morning kickoff stateside.

The commission agreed to move forward with approving a special permit for Smoke Justis, and will further discuss changing the ordinance at a later meeting.

Other notes:

  • The city will grant Duke Energy an easement through the parking lot behind Braxton Brewing Co. to place all utilities underground. Duke will be covering all costs to place utilities and repair the parking lot.

  • Street resurfacing throughout the city is budgeted at $776,000.

  • GWC will maintain property along CSX railroad for another year totaling $19,500 plus 10 percent in contingencies. All cost will be passed on to CSX.

Written by Carrie Crotzer, RCN contributor