City coun­cil to talk CID, Cen­ter, speed lim­its

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

Ex­pect a long meet­ing Mon­day at Cov­ing­ton City Hall.

The City Coun­cil’s agenda is meaty, with dis­cus­sions ex­pected on ev­ery­thing from the pro­posed self-tax­ing Com­mu­nity Im­prove­ment Dis­trict along U.S. 278 to the use of Le­gion Field.

The CID would en­com­pass busi­nesses, res­i­dences, churches and the hos­pi­tal along U.S. 278 and part of State High­way 142. If it re­ceives ap­proval from the city, county and state Leg­is­la­ture, the dis­trict would levy taxes of 3 per­cent to 5 per­cent on busi­nesses along the route to pay for land­scap­ing, new side­walks and lights, and more.

The dis­trict, as a first step, re­quires 50 per­cent plus one of busi­nesses con­trol­ling 75 per­cent of the as­sessed value to ap­prove of it. That num­ber has not yet been reached, although pro­po­nents are con­fi­dent of that part, at least.

The coun­cil’s agenda also in­cludes a dis­cus­sion promised by Mayor Ron­nie John­ston to cut fund­ing to the Cen­ter for Com­mu­nity Preser­va­tion and Plan­ning for work on the 2050 Plan’s base­line or­di­nances. John­ston orig­i­nally broached the cuts after learn­ing of the County Com­mis­sion’s vote last month to move progress on the base­line or­di­nances from the Cen­ter to its own plan­ning depart­ment.

John­ston has said that would re­move the city from its “seat at the ta­ble” for im­ple­ment­ing the plans. Coun­cil­men Keith Dal­ton, Chris Smith and Michael What­ley agreed at a re­cent work

ses­sion. The three fe­male mem­bers of the coun­cil did not at­tend the work ses­sion, so some dis­cus­sion is cer­tain prior to a vote.

The coun­cil will also dis­cuss a pro­posal to re­duce the speed limit on Pinewood Drive from 35 mph to 25 mph, to make it a less at­trac­tive short­cut for driv­ers who know the roads to ei­ther side are slower. A res­i­dent made the re­quest last month to lower the speed limit to match that of neigh­bor­ing roads.

The agenda also in­cludes votes on the use of Le­gion Field, the lease with Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 32 for use of the field, and per­mit­ting fees for events planned in the city lim­its.

The evening will start with a 6 p.m. work ses­sion; the reg­u­lar meet­ing is set for 6:30 p.m.

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