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Important Items for City's Future on Covington City Commission Agenda

The Covington City Commission will meet for its regularly scheduled legislative meeting on Tuesday evening and the agenda is full of significant items. A preview of the meeting follows. For the most comprehensive coverage of Covington city government, follow The River City News on Facebook, Twitter, or email RCN!

City to sell Mutual Building to developers for residential use

The prominent and largely vacant Mutual Building that sits on the southwest corner of Madison Avenue and Pike Street and that was purchased by the city for $430,000 in December of last year will be sold to developers to be turned into approximately fourteen market rate apartments on the second and third floors and commercial spaces on the first floor. Read more and take a tour of the building: Mutual Building in Downtown Covington to Become Residential Development

Changes to management at Department of Public Improvements

The city commission is expected to approve a change to the leadership at the Department of Public Improvements. Current director Tom Logan is preparing to leave his city job but under the plan to be considered Tuesday night, would stay on part-time to help witht he transition. Read more: Changes for City Engineers, Assistant Fire Chief to Be Named 

Ambitious, "historic" city budget to receive first reading

The people of Covington may know more about where the city leaders stand on the 2013-14 budget being proposed by City Manager Larry Klein. See previous stories about the proposed budget: Budget: Covington in "Historic Position to Write on Future" & Budget Debate Begins at Covington City Hall & Covington City Manager & Finance Director Appear on WKRC to Discuss Budget

Lease for new City Hall to be considered

As Covington City Hall prepares to move out of its current location in the former Coppin's Building to the former JC Penney building at 20 West Pike Street (most recently used as Pike Place Bingo), the city commission will vote on approving the terms of a lease with the new building's owners, the Salyers Group, which is developing the current City Hall into The Hotel Covington, a more than $25 million boutique hotel project. For more: Covington City Hall to Move Into Bingo Hall & Exclusive: New Details on the Hotel Covington

Gateway Community & Technical College Closer to Beginning Construction Downtown

The first steps in executing a planned $80 million urban campus in Downtown Covington for Gateway Technical & Community College could be taken Tuesday night. The city is expected to sign on for the issuance of industrial revenue bonds so that the college can begin the redevelopment of the former Marx Furniture Building on Madison Avenue. For more: Gateway College Closer to Beginning Construction in Downtown Covington

Update on Center City Action Plan

Assistant City Manager Larisa Sims is scheduled to provide an update on last year's Center City Action Plan which was developed to lay out a plan that will guide the revitalization of Covington's urban core. 

Phase III of Downtown Streetscape project

Hendy Construction will likely be awarded the bid for the construction of phase three of the Madison Avenue Streetscape project. This phase involves the area between 5th and 8th streets and will include new sidewalks and curbs, pavers, underground utilities, and decorative lighting, benches, and refuse containers. There will be two new rain gardens located in bump-outs with additional street trees. The contract is worth $633,498 with 80% funded by federal money and the remainder from the transportation enhancement fund. For more: Beautification of Madison Avenue Underway in Downtown Covington

Resolution thanks Covington Police for work on city-wide drug sweep

 

The efforts of the Covington Police Department to round-up more than forty suspected drug traffickers in a city-wide round-up will be recognized by the city commission. For more: Covington Police Hunt for 42 Suspected Drug Dealers & Three More Suspects Arrested in Covington Drug Sweep

Phase II of the Licking River Greenway & Trails closer to beginnings

The city commission will consider a contract on Tuesday that would launch the beginning of phase two of the Licking River Greenway & Trails project. A proposal by Bayer Becker, Inc for design and engineering services worth $40,000 (payable from federal funds) would permit the same company that performed similar work during phase one to do the same for phase two.

Park planned for Westside on city-owned property

The city may enter into a revocable license agreement with the Westside Action Coalition and the Center for Great Neighborhoods to install and maintain landscaping and greenspace improvements for a neighborhood park that would be developed on city-owned properties located at 1214-1216 Banklick Street and 1213-1215 Russell Street. The Westside Action Coalition hopes to improve the quality of life for its residents with the park, according to notes on the city commission agenda. The Center for Great Neighborhoods has agreed to indemnify WAC and will also be part of the agreement.

Flag pole installed in South Covington

A flag pole was installed at the cul-de-sac of Crystal Lake Drive in South Covington over Memorial Day Weekend and on Tuesday night, the city will consider a revocable license agreement with the South Covington Community Action Association for the purpose of erecting and maintaining it.
 
Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News
 
Photo: Covington City Commission