In­ter­views for city man­ager to take place in Jan.

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

With Cov­ing­ton City Man­ager Steve Hor­ton’s re­tire­ment just days away, the Cov­ing­ton City Coun­cil is plan­ning an in­tense round of in­ter­views in early Jan­uary to try and find a re­place­ment as soon as pos­si­ble.

The coun­cil will meet Jan. 8, 9 and 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in ex­ecu-tive ses­sion to in­ter­view ap- pli­cants face-to-face for the po­si­tion of city man­ager.

Mayor Ron­nie John­ston said Tues­day that he hopes the in­ter­views will lead to the coun­cil se­lect­ing its top three can­di­dates. At that point, un­der Ge­or­gia law, the top three can­di­dates’ names are avail­able to the pub­lic.

In other busi­ness, the coun­cil unan­i­mously ap­proved a bid to up­grade the city’s web­site. In­for­ma­tion Sys­tems Man­ager Bobby John­son rec­om­mended that the coun­cil ap­prove a low bid of $ 18,220 from In­no­va­tive Ar­chi­tect’s to re-de­sign the city’s in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal web­sites.

“The web­site we have now is not as user friendly as we would like. We would like it to be where it’s eas­ier to dis­play the events go­ing on in the pub­lic,” John­son said. “Cur­rently we are run­ning SharePoint 2007 and we’ve got some code cor­rup­tion, so what we are go­ing to do is build a 2010 SharePoint site that will be more user-friendly.”

John­son said the lay­out of the web­site will be sim­i­lar to the one that al­ready ex­ists, but there will be more im­ages and cur­rent events high­lighted for vis­i­tors. The up­grade will be­gin in Jan­uary, and the new web­site

should be up and run­ning in Fe­bru­ary.

The coun­cil also ap­proved the Cov­ing­ton Film­ing Com­mit­tee’s film pro­ce­dures pol­icy.

The pol­icy has two sec­tions, one for “Down­town Film Ac­tiv­ity Im­pacts” and the other for “Res­i­den­tial Film Im­pacts.”

Un­der the down­town film ac­tiv­ity im­pacts sec­tion of the pol­icy, if cus­tomer ac­cess to a busi­ness is di­rectly im­pacted dur­ing busi­ness hours, a max­i­mum of $200 per day will be paid for film­ing ac­tiv­ity - which in­cludes set-up, film­ing and break-down; and if the busi­ness is di­rectly af­fected by film­ing, com­pen­sa­tion will be de­cided be­tween the film­ing com­pany and the busi­ness owner.

The res­i­den­tial film im­pacts por­tion says that typ­i­cal film days shall be con­ducted be­tween the hours of 7 a.m. and mid­night; if no traf­fic re­stric­tions ex­ist for the res­i­dents within 200 lin­ear feet of the film lo­ca­tion, com­pen­sa­tion is not re­quired.

It fur­ther states that if film­ing or wrap-up is to ex­tend be­yond mid­night, com­pen­sa­tion per each res­i­dent within 200 lin­ear feet of the ac­tual film lo­ca­tion shall be com­pen- sated at a rate of $50 per each day of film ac­tiv­ity, ex­clud­ing ex­cep­tional ac­tiv­i­ties - which in­cludes ac­tiv­i­ties such as py­rotech­ni­cal and ex­plo­sives; and if road clo­sures ex­ist, all im­pacted res­i­dents will be com­pen­sated at a rate of $100 per day for their in­con­ve­nience.

Pri­vate prop­erty use by film com­pa­nies is to be ne­go­ti­ated be­tween the film­ing com­pany and the homeowners, ac­cord­ing to the pol­icy.

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