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Budget, Stewart Iron Works Building, "Booting" of Vehicles Top Commission Agenda

The Covington City Commission will meet for a legislative session on Tuesday. Here is the agenda:

Steart Iron Works Building environmental clean-up

The long dormant Steart Iron Works building on West Eighteenth Street will receive its long-awaited environmental clean-up. The city purchased the property in 2009 and in 2010 was awarded a grant from the federal government worth $250,000 to renovate the building. In 2011, the city was awarded a federal Brownfield grant worth $200,000 to clean up the site. Another $40,000 was provided for match from the previous owner to go towards clean-up of the site.

On Tuesday the city commission will consider the acceptance of the following bids: McAndrews Windows for window replacement in an amount not to exceed $293,200; Y.M. Sun Construction for slab membrane, selective demolition, underground plumbing, and topping slab in an amount not to exceed $201, 400 (with contingencies); and Environmental Demolition Group for asbestos abatement in an amount not to exceed $36,800.

The city commission approved the pursuit of environmental clean-up in December 2011.

Budget, Sanitation District presentations

The city will present its 2013-14 budget for consideration. There will be no vote. A budget must be adopted before the end of the current fiscal year.

A representative from Sanitation District 1 will be present to discuss its proposed rate increase which was a point of contention at the previous city commission meeting following a surprise resolution opposing the rate increase offered up by Commissioner Michelle Williams. The resolution was adopted by a 3-2 vote. The city manager later called the resolution "not good for the city".

"Booting" of illegally parked vehicles

The city commission will hear a first reading of an ordinance (meaning no vote will be taken) that would permit the police department or its designee (in many cases ABM parking, formerly known as AMPCO) to immobilize vehicles parked illegally. The practice is also known as "booting". This practice would be conducted in lieu of towing.

Vehicle purchase

Several items on the agenda include the purchase of various vehicles. The city commission will consider bids from Crossroads Ford Lincoln worth $82,287 for the purchase of three new Ford F350 Crew Cab 4x4 pick-up trucks for the Department of Public Improvements. The costs will come from the city's capital improvements fund.

The commission will also consider a bid from Crossroads Ford Lincoln worth $249,401 for five 2013 Ford Police Interceptors and utility vehicles payable from the capital improvements fund.

Crossroads Ford Lincoln will also have a bid worth $160,724 considered for four 2013 Ford F550 Supercab 4x2 pick-up trucks payable from the city's capital improvements fund.

Other items on the agenda:

  • Paramedic Lieutenant David Geiger is up for promotion to the position of emergency medical services director at an annual salary of $72,464
  • The city will consider selling by sealed bid a vacant lot that it owns at 4209 Decoursey Avenue
  • Douglas Haubner is up for hire as a police officer grade V

The most comprehensive coverage of the city commission meeting will be right here at The River City News. Follow RCN on Facebook and Twitter.

Photo: Stewart Iron Works building/RCN file

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