Weather, gran­ite de­lay Square’s re­open­ing

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - ROB DEWIG rdewig@cov­

Don’t get blue, the jazz con­cert set for Thurs­day on the Cov­ing­ton Square will still hap­pen – just not on the Square.

Con­struc­tion de­lays have forced the Arts As­so­ci­a­tion of New­ton County to move the Daniel Jack­son Band con­cert to Turner Lake next to the re­cep­tion hall, un­less — and it’s al­ready hit the Square project — it rains again.

“It is the weather that de­layed it,” at least in part, Cov­ing­ton City Man­ager Leigh Anne Knight said Tues­day. The Square ren­o­va­tions were orig­i­nally set to be fin­ished in time for Thurs­day’s con­cert.

City Plan­ner Randy Vin­son said another ma­jor fac­tor in the de­lay is gran­ite.

Specif­i­cally, “we got de­layed with some gran­ite around the stage area, but (we’re) still on track to be­ing close to be­ing able to wrap ev­ery­thing up by this Fri­day,” he said. “We are go­ing to look at start­ing the ir­ri­ga­tion (in­stal­la­tion) to­mor­row, the land­scap­ing will go in Thurs­day and Fri­day and might carry over into early next week, but we should be close to wrap­ping ev­ery­thing up within a week.”

The Square project in­cludes re­plac­ing the side­walks (al­ready fin­ished), adding con­crete around the war memo­rial (set­ting Tues­day), land­scap­ing, and ir­ri­ga­tion.

The county owns the Square, but leases it for main­te­nance and im­prove­ments by the city.

Dar­rell Everidge /The Cov­ing­ton News

Weather caused much of the de­lay to the square’s con­struc­tion, forc­ing the Arts As­so­ci­a­tion of New­ton County to move the sched­uled Con­cert on the Square to Turner Lake on Thurs­day.

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