City Coun­cil has busy meet­ing

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - GABRIEL KHOULI gkhouli@cov­news.com

Sev­eral is­sues came up at Mon­day’s Cov­ing­ton City Coun­cil meet­ing, in­clud­ing new busi­nesses, new pro­grams and street clos­ing and aban­don­ments.

Bed and break­fast gets grant

Ni­cole Greer, who owns The Twelve Oaks Bed and Break­fast off Mon­ti­cello Street in Cov­ing­ton, was of­fered a tourism de­vel­op­ment grant worth up $15,000 from the state to ren­o­vate two rooms on the third floor of her his­toric home-turned-busi­ness.

Greer will have to pro­vide match­ing funds for the pro­ject, but came be­fore the Cov­ing­ton coun­cil, which has to act as a con­duit for the money on be­half of the busi­ness. The coun­cil ap­proved the grant, pend­ing le­gal ap­proval.

In or­der to save the city from li­a­bil­ity, Greer said she would pay for all the re­pairs and ask the city to re­im­burse her as op­posed to her get­ting the money up front.

The Twelve Oaks was re­cently named one of the top 10 lux­ury inns in the world by be­dand­break­fast.com, and Greer said an ex­panded busi­ness would bring ex­tra ho­tel/mo­tel sales tax to the city, as well as pro­vid­ing a boost for other down­town mer­chants and in­creas­ing sales tax rev­enue.

New down­town busi­nesses

In the past quar­ter, two new busi­nesses opened in Down­town Cov­ing­ton, in­clud­ing phys­i­cal fit­ness cen­ter Square Fit, 1149A Wash­ing­ton St., and

fur­ni­ture store Just Dream, 1192 Clark St.

Main Street Cov­ing­ton Chair Serra Phillips said Just Dream does re­fur­bish­ing and in­te­rior de­sign and said the fit­ness classes at Square Fit were a tough work­out. Wine-tast­ing shop would need new law

The Cork Bou­tique, a spe­cialty wine store, is plan­ning to open on the square, but cur­rent city or­di­nances would not al­low the busi­ness to have wine tast­ings, be­cause food and drink es­tab­lish­ments have to make a ma­jor­ity of their rev­enue from food.

The or­di­nance is to pre­vent bars from lo­cat­ing in the city, but Mayor Ron­nie John­ston told the coun­cil he’d like to see or­di­nance lan­guage writ­ten that would al­low the busi­ness to have wine tast­ings with­out hav­ing to sell food.

Cov­ing­ton has laws that ban drink­ing out of an open con­tainer out­side in pub­lic, so any new or­di­nance would re­strict drink­ing to a busi­ness’ premises.

John­ston said the owner of The Cork is a long­time res­i­dent who wants to in­vest in the area, and John­ston be­lieves the busi­ness would be a per­fect fit for the square. City man­ager re­turns to work

Cov­ing­ton City Man­ager Leigh Anne Knight re­turned to work this week and got right back into the swing of things, at­tend­ing Mon­day’s coun­cil meet­ing.

She ex­pressed her grat­i­tude for the many prayers and calls wish­ing her a swift re­cov­ery fol­low­ing her re­cent heart at­tack dur­ing a va­ca­tion in Florida.

Knight also thanked Deputy City Man­ager Billy Bouchillon for fill­ing in and said it takes a team ef­fort to run the city. New po­lice of­fi­cers sworn in

Four new Cov­ing­ton po­lice of­fi­cers were sworn in Mon­day, bring­ing the depart­ment up to full staff af­ter some re­cent re­tire­ments and de­par­tures.

Vet­eran of­fi­cers Xavier Banks, Leigh Tay­lor, Alex Lau­d­er­milk and Chris Smith were sworn in. Smith is re­turn­ing to Cov­ing­ton for a sec­ond tour of duty.

Po­lice Chief Stacey Cot­ton said he tried to find ex­pe­ri­enced of­fi­cers who could hit the ground run­ning.

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