City council to talk CID, Center, speed limits
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.