Commission Agenda: HAC Appointment, Improvements to Devou Park, MLK Blvd
The Covington City Commission will meet for its legislative meeting Tuesday to vote on various issues noted below:
(SEE PREVIOUS RELATED STORY: New positions at City Hall may face opposition for some on city commission)
HOUSING AUTHORITY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS APPOINTMENT
There were behind-the-scenes disagreements over an appointment to the Housing Authority of Covington (HAC) Board of Commissioners, The River City News has learned. The HAC board consists of five members all confirmed by the city commission (one board member is from the city commission). Former city commissioner Steve Casper, who lost in November's mayoral election, previously served on the HAC board. With his departure, Mayor Sherry Carran appointed herself and was confirmed by the city commission to take his place.
HAC board member J.T. Spence's term expired in December creating a new vacancy. Differences of opinion emerged within the city commission over whom to appoint.
Jennifer M. Allen is on the agenda Tuesday night, nominated to serve a 4-year term on the HAC board, seemingly as a possible compromise candidate between the different sides.
Board members serve 4-year terms (with no term limits) and no more than two members can be of the same political party. In addition to Carran, the HAC board consists of Chairperson Rita Dreyer, Vice Chair Michelle Sherill, and Glenn Kukla, with one vacancy.
NEW LANDSCAPING PLANS FOR MLK BLVD/12TH STREET
The City has hired a consultant to design new landscaping and an irrigation system for the medians along Martin Luther King Boulevard. The City expects the project to begin construction in the spring or summer. Because the work is within the State's right-of-way, the commission will vote to enter into an agreement with the Commonwealth to allow the project to move forward.
RECOMMENDED IMPROVEMENTS FOR DEVOU PARK
Devou Properties, Inc and the Devou Park advisory committee have issued their recommendations for improvements to the city's largest park and they will be considered by the city commission Tuesday. The recommendations include a new event center, street signs, improvements to Rotary Grove, pedestrian signage, improvements to Behringer-Crawford Museum's Legacy Building, a geotech study of erosion to the Drees Pavilion parking lot, improvements to Gus Sheehan playground in Botany Hills, and a reserve account for maintenance.
CITY TO CHANGE TAX AGREEMENT WITH TIER ONE AFTER COUNTY BALKS AT FULL INCENTIVES
The City of Covington will need to amend its tax incentive agreement with Tier One Performance Solutions, the company that outgrew its spaces at Fifth & Madison and moved into a renovated office space in the RiverCenter Towers (Gateway Community & Technical College is using some of Tier One's old space and will be showing off the new digs on Wednesday). The City originally agreed, in order to keep Tier One in town, to a 1.5% occupational license tax rebate for existing employees as well as a 1% rebate for new employees. The City had hoped that Kenton County would also agree to a 0.5% rebate on both new and existing employees for the company, but the county only extended the offer to new employees. The City now aims to amend its agreement with Tier One to offer an additional 0.5% rebate to all existing employees.
OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA:
- A presentation on the Brent Spence Bridge project by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
- BMX Track Facility proposal will be discussed by Natalie Gardner, the City's programs & strategic projects manager
- Covington Neighborhood Collaborative presentation by Chair Bill Wells
- Covington Summer Youth Program partnership between the City and Covington Independent Public Schools will be green-lit for another year with the city paying up to $52,000 for staffing and up to $17,000 for field trips
- New tablet computers for the Covington Police will be sought through the competitive bidding process paid for by a grant
Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News
Photo: The view of Covington from the fourth floor of City Hall/RCN