City to wait on up­date to air­port approach

Mayor pro-tem elec­tion po­si­tion to be cre­ated

The Covington News - - Front Page - By Rachel Oswald

The Cov­ing­ton City Coun­cil ap­proved a rec­om­men­da­tion by the city’s Air­port Com­mit­tee to wait on an up­grade to the Cov­ing­ton Mu­nic­i­pal Air­port’s run­way approach at their Mon­day night meet­ing

The coun­cil de­cided to wait in up­grad­ing the approach when they learned that an im­proved approach to the air­port’s cur­rent Ran­dom Area Nav­i­ga­tion approach, which re­lies on satel­lite or GPS nav­i­ga­tion, would be pos­si­ble if they agreed to wait an ad­di­tional two months.

The air­port approach will now be up­graded to a Lo­cal­izer Per­for­mance with Ver­ti­cal Guid­ance approach, which is an im­prove­ment to the for­mer RNAV approach. The LPV approach is ex­pected to be in op­er­a­tion at the end of Septem­ber, ac­cord­ing to a memo on the mat­ter from Cov­ing­ton City Man­ager Steve Hor­ton

The city coun­cil voted in fa­vor of cre­at­ing a mayor pro­tem elect po­si­tion. The mayor pro- tem elect would serve as act­ing mayor in the event that the mayor and mayor pro-tem are in­ca­pac­i­tated or un­avail­able to serve. Coun­cil­man Mike What­ley is cur­rently serv­ing as mayor pro- tem.

The mayor pro-tem po­si­tion is tra­di­tion­ally ro­tated be­tween coun­cil mem­bers from the East and West Wards.

The coun­cil dis­cussed choos­ing the mayor pro- tem elect from the next coun­cil mem­ber in ro­ta­tion to be mayor pro- tem with the in­tent that coun­cil mem­bers would serve as mayor pro- tem Elect in the year be­fore they serve as mayor pro­tem.

The coun­cil also ap­proved a fi­nal read­ing of an amend­ment to the city’s zon­ing or­di­nance. The new amend­ment spells out the pro­ce­dures which are to take place when a zon­ing amend­ment is pro­posed by the mayor and coun­cil. Now pro­posed amend­ments shall be sched­uled for pub­lic hear­ings, first be­fore the Cov­ing­ton Plan­ning Com­mis­sion and then be­fore the city coun­cil be­fore they are adopted.

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