Buf­fer vari­ance granted for Mir­a­cle Field

Coun­cil also ap­proves im­prove­ment plan for Cov­ing­ton Air­port

The Covington News - - Local news - By Rachel Oswald

The Cov­ing­ton City Coun­cil has ap­proved a buf­fer vari­ance re­quest at the ap­peal of the New­ton County Recre­ation Com­mis­sion to make way for a spe­cial needs base­ball field at City Pond Park.

Speak­ing be­fore the coun­cil last Mon­day, Tommy Hai­ley, di­rec­tor of the Recre­ation Com­mis­sion, said the vari­ance re­quest was needed be­cause there is not enough space in the plans for the base­ball field, known as a Mir­a­cle Field, to al­low for the 150 feet of undis­turbed buf­fer space from the City Pond reser­voir as re­quired by city or­di­nance.

The coun­cil voted unan­i­mously to al­low an en­croach­ment by Mir­a­cle Field into the zon­ing district buf­fers. The base­ball field will meet the 25-foot set­back re­quire­ment of the state.

The Mir­a­cle Field base­ball com­plex is in­tended to be built just west of the ex­ist­ing ten­nis com­plex at City Pond Park. The project will also in­clude an ex­panded park­ing lot and plenty of space for pic­nick­ing and tail­gat­ing.

Hai­ley told the coun­cil that there are ap­prox­i­mately 2,000 chil­dren with spe­cial needs in New­ton County and that there were no pro­grams, other than the Spe­cial Olympics organized by the New­ton County School Sys­tem, de­signed specif­i­cally to meet their needs.

While the econ­omy re­mains in a re­ces­sion, Hai­ley said plans to build Mir­a­cle Field, which will only be 115 square feet and made from an im­per­vi­ous springy ma­te­rial, are on hold for the time be­ing as fundrais­ing sources are low. In other city coun­cil news: The coun­cil ap­proved its five-year Cap­i­tal Im­prove­ment Plan for the Cov­ing­ton Mu­nic­i­pal Air­port. In or­der to re­ceive any pos­si­ble fu­ture fed­eral funds to im­prove the air­port, the city is re­quired to reg­u­larly up­date its CIP by the Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

From 2010 to 2014 there are 32 plans in the CIP worth $ 27.9 mil­lion.

The fed­eral share in the five-year plan is $ 24.4 mil­lion, while the state share is $ 1.2 mil­lion and the lo­cal share is $ 2.4 mil­lion.

There are 13 projects listed for the air­port in 2010 worth a to­tal of $ 6.3 mil­lion.

Just be­cause a project is listed in the CIP does not nec­es­sar­ily mean that any fund­ing has been al­lo­cated for it.

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