New ap­point­ments made to sev­eral key city com­mit­tees

Sev­eral vol­un­teer com­mit­tees have been dis­solved

The Covington News - - Front Page - By Rachel Oswald

A num­ber of the city of Cov­ing­ton’s vol­un­teer com­mit­tees have been dis­solved or are in the process of be­ing re­tooled with sev­eral new ap­point­ments to the city’s ma­jor com­mit­tees al­ready in place.

Cov­ing­ton Mayor Kim Carter said the de­ci­sion to re­place mem­bers on sev­eral com­mit­tees had noth­ing to do with mem­ber per­for­mance but a de­sire to give more res­i­dents the op­por­tu­nity to serve on com­mit­tees. All com­mit­tee mem­bers are ap­pointed.

“We have a whole list of folks who want to be in­volved in the com­mu­nity,” Carter said. “So we’re giv­ing new folks an op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate.”

Of the city’s 26 com­mit­tees, 11 have been dis­solved, Carter said. The ones dis­solved were ones which had al­ready served their pur­pose and hadn’t met in years, she said.

Among those com­mit­tees dis­solved were the Build­ing Code Board of Ap­peals and the Flood Plain Board of Ap­peals. The func­tions those two com­mit­tees served will now be served by the city’s Board of Ad­just­ments and Ap­peals.

The Cable Television Com­mit­tee and the An­i­mal Con­trol Ad­vi­sory Board have also been dis­solved as the city now of­fers nei­ther of those ser­vices.

“ Some of th­ese ad hoc com­mit­tees have been on the books and have long since served their pur­pose and have now been dis­banded,” Carter said.

Carter said City At­tor­ney Ed Crudup has been tasked with re­vis­ing the city’s or­di­nance where it per­tains to those rules gov­ern­ing the op­er­a­tion of the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion, the Board of Ad­just­ments and Ap­peals and the His­toric Preser­va­tion Com­mis­sion to make the com­mit­tees more con­sis­tent with one an­other

“ We’ve asked [ the city coun­cil] to look at the no­tion of stag­gered terms in all three cases and con­sec­u­tive term lim­its in some fash­ion and a city res­i­dency re­quire­ment so that ev­ery thing is easy to fol­low,” Carter said.

Carter said she would like to a Cov­ing­ton res­i­dency re­quire­ment for all in­di­vidu- als serv­ing on com­mit­tees as well as a Cov­ing­ton His­toric Dis­trict res­i­dency re­quire­ment for in­di­vid­u­als serv­ing on the city’s His­toric Preser­va­tion Com­mis­sion. Cur­rently only one com­mit­tee has a re­quire­ment that mem­bers must live in the city she said.

Carter said she ex­pected Crudup to have a re­vised or­di­nance ready for con­sid­er­a­tion and adop­tion by the city coun­cil in a month’s time.

Carter said the rules gov­ern­ing the op­er­a­tion of the city’s Tree Preser­va­tion Board, Park­ing Author­ity and Down­town De­vel­op­ment Author­ity will also be re­vis­ited in the near fu­ture. The city coun­cil is also weigh­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of cre­at­ing a Board of Ethics she said.

Three new mem­bers have been added to the city’s Plan­ning Com­mis­sion. They are Bob Fur­nad, Greg Shy and Chris Smith. They are re­plac­ing Walker Camp­bell, Rucker Ginn and Zelma Ste­wart whose terms have ex­pired.

Fred Har­well, Liz Pope and David Waller have all been ap­pointed to the Board of Ad­just­ments and Ap­peals. They are re­plac­ing Louise Adams, Bobby My­hand and Os­car Holmes.

On the His­toric Preser­va­tion Com­mis­sion Delia Nis­bet, Al­lene Bur­ton and Hal Hoff­man have been re­placed with new mem­bers Judy Hooton, Linda Shore, Jeanette Perry and Jen­nifer Long.


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