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Covington Establishes Award in Honor of Preservation Activist

The Covington city commission honored a longtime member of the city's urban design review board on Tuesday night.

Victor J. Canfield retired from the board after 37 years of service. He is also a charter member of the Covington Avenue Properties Partnership, which was instrumental in fifteen historic preservation projects on the street between 1974 and 1975.

Canfield also co-chaired a $1.3 million renovation of Mother of God Church on 6th Street after a fire in 1986 and currently serves as the parish archivist, historian, and facilities manager.

The city commission said it wanted to recognize his countless historic contributions to the city and also established the Victor J. Canfield Historic Preservation Award.

It will not be an annual award, according to Mayor Joe Meyer, but is meant to “recognize truly outstanding work towards the preservation in Covington.”

“I can think of nobody more deserving to give it to that Vic,” said Commissioner Bill Wells. “Thank you for your service.”

"I just want to say how humbled I am by this award and this designation,” Canfield said. “[I] thank you for the years that I’ve sat on this board and I hope with the board that is in place that the city can continue to move forward in our preservation efforts.”

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The commission also approved an order to create policy development and revisions during the 2018-19 fiscal year.

“This is to give staff direction,” said Meyer. “We pass things off and assume things will get done, and quite frankly it just doesn’t happen.”

Meyer and the commission created the order as an accountability measure for the staff, which the commission will review at the end of the fiscal year to see how much of the work has been completed.

Items the commission hopes to see staff reviewing in the next year include: reevaluating the building code, debt policies, fleet management and replacement, management training, and communication policies.

City Manager David Johnston will be responsible for updating the Commission monthly on the staffs progress with the list.

Written by Carrie Crotzer, RCN contributor
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