Coun­cil ap­proves air­port plan to hire per­son­nel, equip­ment

City also gives first read­ing to park­ing, burn­ing rules

The Covington News - - Front page - By Gabriel Khouli

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.


Vol­ume 144 Num­ber 135

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