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Mostly Housekeeping Items at First Official Meeting of New City Commission

The new Covington City Commission will convene for its first official meeting Tuesday. Mayor Sherry Carran and City Commissioners Chuck Eilerman, Steve Frank, Mildred Rains, and Michelle Williams will preside over a meeting that mostly deals with housekeeping items. Here is a look at what's on the agenda:

  • Steve Frank will be appointed mayor pro tem since he was the highest vote-getter in November's city commission election
  • Chuck Eilerman will be appointed chaplain of the commission and will lead the prayer that precedes each meeting
  • Sherry Carran will represent the city on the Northern Kentucky Area Development District with Frank as the alternate representative
  • Carran and Eilerman will represent Covington on the River Cities Government Coalition of Southbank Partners for a two-year term
  • Eilerman will be the city's alternate representative to the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments (Carran is currently the representative from Covington)
  • Carran will be appointed as an ex-officio member of the Housing Authority of Covington board of commissioners
  • Carran will be appointed to the board of the Covington Economic Development Authority which will oversee the city's newly created tax increment financing (TIF) district

Other items:

  • Cate Yelling will be hired as the city's arts manager, replacing Natalie Bowers who was hired as the city's communication & marketing manager
  • A resolution will pass in support of State Rep. Arnold Simpson's "angel investor tax credit" bill in Frankfort
  • The city transferred the liquor license from the shuttered Bottoms Up bar to the Carnegie Visual & Performing Arts Center
  • The city will sell a vacant lot at 20 East Thirteenth Street to Anchor Properties which is developing a Walgreen's on the site
  • The city will accept the title to 1432 Banklick St. which has a city lien against it. The owner is deceased and the move by the city aims to prevent foreclosure.
  • The city has settled a pair of lawsuits with a Covington mobile home park which will be explained at the meeting
  • The city and other partners were awarded a grant from the American Institute of Architects to create a sustainable vision for Randolph Park in Covington's Eastside neighborhood

Board appointments:

  • Seven will be approved for appointment to the Northern Kentucky Regional Ethics Authority enforcement committee
  • Joe Gray and Barry Coates to the Kenton County Planning Commission; Rebecca Weber to the Urban Design Review Board