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haven’t been changed since the 1970s and were still only $3.

The city coun­cil agreed that it would­makenosense to pass higher park­ing fines if they weren’t go­ing to be en­forced by the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment to which Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Chief Stacey Cot­ton re­sponded that his depart­ment was will­ing and ready to en­force any new park­ing or­di­nance passed by the coun­cil.

The or­di­nance was orig­i­nally go­ing to ex­clude the park­ing spa­ces that are con­tigu­ous to the square, but after vig­or­ous op­po­si­tion from some mem­bers of the Park­ing Au­thor­ity the coun­cil agreed to in­clude the in­ner ring square park­ing in the changes.

Denise Spires, owner of Spires In­te­ri­ors & Gifts and a mem­ber of the Park­ing Au­thor­ity, said the whole point of chang­ing the park­ing or­di­nance was to avoid a lock­down on park­ing on the square, es­pe­cially on prime park­ing in the in­ner ring.

“We were try­ing to safe­guard park­ing for the cus­tomers,” Spires said, adding that it wasn’t a good idea to pe­nal­ize shop­pers with park­ing tick­ets when they were the ones bring­ing their busi­ness to the square while not pe­nal­iz­ing “the good old boy net­work.”

Spires said it is the white-col­lar pro­fes­sion­als who have their of­fices on the square and use the in­ner ring that are ty­ing up all of the best park­ing by ar­riv­ing at 8 a.m. and not leav­ing un­til the even­ing when most of the stores on the square are clos­ing. She sug­gested re­quir­ing the pro­fes­sion­als to park a block and a half away and walk to their of­fices on the square.

Lee May­field, co-owner of May­field Ace Hard­ware and a mem­ber of the Park­ing Au­thor­ity, said the Park­ing Au­thor­ity has been strug­gling with a lack of ad­e­quate square park­ing for some time now.

“If the ho­tel [and civic cen­ter] comes in, what will that do to park­ing around the square?” May­field said. “We want to be pro-ac­tive on that be­fore it be­comes a prob­lem.”

A fine struc­ture for the park­ing or­di­nance will be worked out later by the Park­ing Au­thor­ity once the amended or­di­nance is read for a sec­ond time and fi­nal­ized by the city coun­cil in Jan­uary.

In other news from Mon­day night's city coun­cil meet­ing:

The Cov­ing­ton City Coun­cil placed O’zone Bar and Grill un­der a six-month pro­ba­tion­ary pe­riod after learn­ing it had been in vi­o­la­tion of the city’s al­co­hol or­di­nances by open­ing only two days of the week.

Cov­ing­ton Po­lice of­fi­cers had re­port­edly vis­ited the busi­ness, lo­cated on Old City Pond Road, sev­eral times and found the busi­ness was not open, ac­cord­ing to Cov­ing­ton City Man­ager Steve Hor­ton. The or­di­nance rules that a restau­rant serv­ing al­co­hol must serve at least one meal a day for five days of the week.

The owner ex­plained to the coun­cil that the busi­ness had gone through a re­struc­tur­ing and tran­si­tion pe­riod and had been oper­at­ing on a di­min­ished sched­ule dur­ing that time but would soon be back to a nor­mal busi­ness sched­ule, said Hor­ton.

The coun­cil de­cided to ap­prove the li­cense with a stip­u­la­tion that the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment would pe­ri­od­i­cally check to see that the busi­ness was in com­pli­ance. great deal of anx­i­ety and hard­ship, and I am ready to move on with my life.”

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