City to dis­cuss par­ties, event fees Mon­day

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - ROB DEWIG rdewig@cov­news.com

The Cov­ing­ton City Coun­cil will hold a work­shop at 6 p.m. Mon­day in the City Hall con­fer­ence room to talk about sev­eral things that have been es­sen­tially put off un­til now.

The list in­cludes road clo­sures and event fees, the use of Le­gion Field, “in­cen­tive struc­tures for util­ity ser­vices,” and an “in­dus­trial growth rider.”

The lat­ter two are tools the city uses to en­tice in­dus­tries and busi­nesses to town. Both are ex­ten­sions of ex­ist­ing or­di­nances.

The road clo­sures and event fees dis­cus­sion is the cul­mi­na­tion of the slew of re­quests for pri­vate and pub­lic par­ties the city has re­ceived this year. One was to close a road for a man’s 90th birth­day party. Oth­ers have been to close the Square for fundrais­ers and a loosely de­scribed women’s event with a witches theme.

The idea is to get de­tails on how such clo­sures should be gov­erned, and if and when fees should be charged. The over­time nec­es­sary for po­lice pres­ence at events has been men­tioned at past coun­cil meet­ings.

Le­gion Field, like­wise, has been re­quested for use by var­i­ous groups, most re­cently for a cir­cus that was de­nied by the City Coun­cil. The work­shop will be used to set the rules by which the field can be used and if and when fees should be charged, in­clud­ing for cleanup.

The work­shop is open to the pub­lic.

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