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53 Items on Covington Commission's Agenda Tuesday

Just weeks after a four hour-long meeting, the Covington City Commission will faces yet another lengthy night of votes Tuesday with an agenda that includes fifty-three items that includes hirings, firings, development deals, and more. Here are the highlights:


  • Code enforcement: The City has reached a separation agreement with the employees being let go from the code enforcement department. Additionally, the city commission will hear a first reading of the ordinance that establishes a fee schedule for the Northern Kentucky Area Planning commission which will be taking over building and electric permits for the city. The city commission will vote on an interlocal agreement between the city and the NKAPC "to provide a mechanism to combine efforts and resources for the administration of the uniform state building codeattendant national electric code, and other local ordinances when the violation of them has been deemed a civil offense." There will also be a first reading for a change in the criminal nuisance code that adds crimes involving alcohol intoxication, menacing, assault, terroristic threatening, and resisting arrest to the enforcement responsibilities of the community services manager.
  • Mike Yeager, assistant city engineer, will be appointed community services manager.
  • Covington Police: The number of sergeants will be reduced from fifteen to fourteen (second reading of ordinance) and the number of captains will be reduced from four to three (first reading of ordinance). Bryan Carter will be named assistant chief of police. A police cadet will become a part-time Devou Park ranger.
  • Dispatch: The City has reached an agreement with AFSCME, the union representing the dispatchers who formerly worked in Covington but are now employed by the county. Dispatcher Jim Gardner will retire. 
  • Separation of employment in the community development department (the agenda is not clear on which positions are being eliminated).
  • New department structure at City Hall will be voted on. Various job descriptions will also be voted on involving the newly created positions in the community services division, the programs and strategic projects division, business development division, marketing and communications division, 
  • Frank Warnock, city solicitor, will be appointed assistant city manager for administration.
  • Natalie Gardner, formerly director of recreation, will be appointed programs and strategic projects manager.
  • Suzann Getty, formerly the city ombudsman, will be appointed business assistance specialist
  • Other new hires or new positions includes Naashom Marx as business development manager, Cindy Swegles as recreation specialist, and a job description to be adopted for the forthcoming fire marshall.
  • Some employees will be reassigned such as the solid waste coordinator to the department of public improvements and the elimination of the building inspector position and the transfer of that employee to the department of development as a code enforcement officer.

Aside from personnel issues, there are many other items on the agenda of great significance:

  • Demolition of 24 City-owned properties and 25 privately owned properties will likely be authorized. The properties in question are among those deemed unsfae, unhealthy, and hazardous to the public. This action will require the approval of the state historic preservation office and the Kentucky Heritage Council.
  • The streets of City Heights will formally go under the control of the Housing Authority of Covington
  • Development of 409-415 Scott Boulevard will be voted on with a preferred development agreement between the city, which owns the property (pictured in this article) and RAH Realty
  • Development agreement between the City and Megacorp Logistics for business recruitment incentives as part of Kentucky's business incentive program

Other items on the agenda:

  • The County and Sanitation District 1 will have an agreement for an employee health clinic 
  • Northern Kentucky solid waste management plan could be adopted for a five-year period.
  • Firefighters: One firefighter will resign while twelve others are up for raises. The city will also likely approve a $35,000 expenditure to replace the engine in one of the fire trucks.
  • RiverCenter Garage light fixtures will be replaced at a cost of nearly $26,000.
  • Bill Dorsey will resign from the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and John Kidd will resign from the audit committee
  • Devou Park Golf Course management contract will be extended for Billy Casper Golf
  • Center for Great Neighborhoods will get $35,000 of the city's federal money for its Place Matters Grant program
  • Halloween will be set for October 31 in the city from 6:00PM-8:00PM

PHOTO: Building at 409-415 Scott Boulevard slated for redevelopment/RCN file

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