Council approves airport plan to hire personnel, equipment
City also gives first reading to parking, burning rules
The Covington City Council unanimously approved an airport plan that calls for the city to hire three employees, buy around $20,000 worth of equipment and increase its liability insurance to cover operating the airport.
A full-time ground operations manager and twopart time employees will be hired to operate the airport on a temporary basis, until the city decides on the future of the Covington Airport Authority.
The workers will be temporary, contracted employees. The manager is expected to be paid a rate consistent with a $40,000 annual salary, while the part-time employees will be paid $11 to $12 per hour, said Personnel Director Ronnie Cowan. The jobs will probably be posted next week, and will take about a month to fill, he said.
In addition, Airport Engineer Vincent Passariello, who was hired in August, will continue to supervise the airport in a managerial role, he said.
Earlier this year, legislation was passed by the state to allow an authority to be formed, but the city has not appointed any members.
Various equipment, supplies and services would cost around $20,000, including a tug to pull airplanes, a battery cart to help planes start their engines, uniforms for new employees, office supplies and furniture, according to a memo by Passariello. Finally, the city will have to pay an additional $4,500 for an additional $2 million of liability insurance to cover its new operational role at the airport.
Also Monday, the city unanimously approved the first reading of a revised city parking ordinance, which will limit vehicles that can be parked in residential areas to those that weigh 14,000 pounds or less. The ordinance will apply
to passenger, commercial and recreational vehicles; however, vehicles of any size can be parked inside an entirely enclosed structure. Construction vehicles will not be allowed.
Residents once again spoke at the meeting, and Forest Drive resident Virginia Hoffman expressed concern that the number of vehicles that can be parked at a home was not limited. However, Mayor Kim Carter said the council never intended to limit the number of vehicles.
The city also approved the first reading of an ordinance that will more clearly regulate outdoor burning in the city of Covington. The current ordinance is vague and Covington Fire Chief Don Floyd said he has not felt comfortable issuing any permits previously. However, residents are allowed to apply for permits, and the proposed ordinance will ensure outdoor burning is conducted safely, Floyd said.
Several items are not allowed to be burned, including any plastics or other petroleum-based products or garbage. Also, burning is not allowed on windy days, nor is burning in a barrel allowed.
Recreational fires must be kept at least 25 feet from a structure or any combustible material, while the burning of yard waste must be kept at least 50 yards away from structures.
Penalties will be issued for residents who break these ordinances, up to $1,000 for repeat offenders.
The council will vote on second readings of both ordinances at its Nov. 15 meeting.
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