Com­mit­tee dis­cusses film­ing pol­icy

The Covington News - - THE SECOND FRONT - DANIELLE EVER­SON deverson@cov­news.com

The Cov­ing­ton Film­ing Com­mit­tee met again on Mon­day morn­ing and dis­cussed a pos­si­ble pol­icy that will be es­tab­lished for film­ing in the city of Cov­ing­ton.

Mayor Ron­nie John­ston and com­mit­tee mem­bers Wil­lie Davis, the city’s hu­man re­sources de­part­ment train­ing man­ager; colum­nist Bar­bara Mor­gan; John Howard, chair­man of the Cov­ing­ton Mu­nic­i­pal Air­port Author­ity; Irene Smith lo­cal TV show host; Teresa Wa­ters with the “About Cov­ing­ton to Madi­son” mag­a­zine; and Su­san Kirk, owner of Scoops, at­tended the meet­ing.

The com­mit­tee con­tin­ued to dis­cuss film­ing is­sues; how­ever, at this meet­ing a draft of a pro­posed pol­icy for film­ing in Cov­ing­ton was pre­sented. The Film Pro­ce­dures Pol­icy in­cluded how much cit­i­zen’s and busi­ness own­ers would be com­pen­sated if film­ing im­pacted them. The draft of the pol­icy had two sec­tions, one for Down­town Film Ac­tiv­i­ties with In­ter­mit­tent Traf­fic Con­trols and Res­i­den­tial Film Im­pacts.

Ac­cord­ing to the Down­town Film Ac­tiv­i­ties with In­ter­mit­tent Traf­fic Con­trols sec­tion of the draft, typ­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties shall in­clude down­town ac­tiv­i­ties where the on­street park­ing di­rectly in front or ad­ja­cent to busi­nesses is not com­pletely elim­i­nated due to the ac­tiv­i­ties be­ing con­ducted by the film crews.

The pol­icy states that if 50 per­cent of the on-street park­ing im­me­di­ately in front of or ad­ja­cent to a down­town busi- ness is elim­i­nated as a re­sult of the ac­tiv­i­ties of the film crew, the im­pacted busi­ness will be com­pen­sated an amount of money, which was not yet de­ter­mined by the com­mit­tee, for each day that the im­pact re­mains.

It also stated that if 100 per­cent of the on-street park­ing im­me­di­ately in front of or ad­ja­cent to a down­town busi­ness is elim­i­nated as a re­sult of the ac­tiv­i­ties of the film crew, the im­pacted busi­ness shall be com­pen­sated an amount of money, also un­de­ter­mined by the com­mit­tee, for each day that the im­pact re­mains.

Un­der the Res­i­den­tial Film Im­pacts por­tion of the pol­icy, typ­i­cal film days shall be con­ducted be­tween the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. If no traf­fic re­stric­tions ex­ist for the res­i­dents within 200 lin­ear feet of the film lo­ca­tion, com­pen­sa­tion per res­i­dent is re­quired.

The pol­icy also says if film­ing or wrap up is to ex­tend be­yond 11 p.m. on a week night, those days be­ing Sun­day through Thurs­day, com­pen­sa­tion for each res­i­dent within 200 lin­ear feet of the ac­tual film lo­ca­tion shall be com­pen­sated for each day of film ac­tiv­ity, ex­clud­ing ex­cep­tional ac­tiv­i­ties.

The pol­icy fur­ther states that if traf­fic re­stric­tions ex­ist — such as road clo­sures, in­ter­mit­tent traf­fic con­trol and etc. — all im­pacted res­i­dents will be com­pen­sated for their in­con­ve­nience.

Howard, chair­man of the com­mit­tee, said a fi­nal draft of the pol­icy would be pre­sented at the De­cem­ber 17 meet­ing.

The next sched­uled film­ing com­mit­tee meet­ing is De­cem­ber 10 at 10 a.m.

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