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In Covington: New BMX Bike Facility, Economic Development Manager, Paved Roads

Tuesday's Covington City Commission meeting will be a busy one as the agenda is loaded with important items.

BMX Facility in Latonia

The former impound lot near the Bill Cappel Sports Complex in Latonia is closer to being home to a new BMX Bike facility, an idea that first surfaced in Covington two years ago. The City will consider a development lease agreement with NKY BMX Development, Inc. 

Earlier this year, the city commission approved the allocation of $45,000 from its federal community development block grant (CDBG) funds for the effort. City staff has since been working with NKY BMX on site analysis and assembling necessary information to create a structure on the former impound lot site. 

NKY BMX will raise the remaining funds necessary and will operate the facility with a $600 per month lease from the City of Covington.

New economic development manager

The city commission is also expected to hire a new economic development manager. The position has been vacant since Naashom Marx departed for a job with the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. The commission agenda includes the hiring of a new person to fill the position but no name was made public.

Several key positions at City Hall have been vacant since a string of resignations over the past few months. The city commission filled the historic preservation officer job at its last meeting but has not yet identified a new public information officer or arts manager, a position that could be eliminated or changed in upcoming budget discussions.

Other notes:

  • The city commission will consider a resolution urging Sanitation District 1 to restore its funding for homeowners who suffer damage to their privately owned sewer laterals that require costly fixes. The River City News was first to report in March that leaders in Kenton County and its cities would be asking the utility to restore the funding that was eliminated when SD1's rate increase was not enough to cover it and the federal mandates it faces. In Covington, there are more than 40 current problems with private sewer laterals that have resulted in the formation of sinkholes and other hazards. In March, there was mention of a possible small fee affixed to SD1 bills to restore the program.
  • Street resurfacing and the sidewalk program will soon continue. The city commission will consider a contract with Eaton Asphalt in an amount of $376,000 (from CDBG and capital bond funds) for streets in the Eastside, Austinburg, Wallace Woods, Peaselburg, Monte Casino, and West Latonia. Eaton is also expected to be awarded a $143,000 contract to resurface Madison Avenue from Martin Luther King Boulevard to 20th Street (payable from capital bonds and fully reimbursable by the state). A $224,000 contract is likely to be awarded to Hendy, Inc. (payable from CDBG and municipal road aid funds) for various street, curb, and other concrete repairs over the next year. 
  • The City Center Garage is looking at $247,000 in repairs after an error in design was discovered following an incident when a car drove through the vehicle restraint system. The Commonwealth of Kentucky hired a firm to evaluate and repair the issue but before that finished, the garage was given to the City of Covington. Gutknecht Construction will perform the work on behalf of the city. The garage will also be used by The Hotel Covington.

The River City News will have full coverage of the city commission meeting on Tuesday.

-Staff report

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