Fees an­nounced for down­town events

The Covington News - - LOCAL - BRYAN FAZIO bfazio@cov­news.com

Down­town Cov­ing­ton has be­come a popular place for events, with var­i­ous fes­ti­vals, con­certs, pa­rades and gath­er­ings sched­uled seem­ingly ev­ery week.

Tues­day, the Cov­ing­ton City Coun­cil voted to set up a fee struc­ture for events in the Cov­ing­ton Main Street dis­trict.

The fee struc­ture is for sin­gle street and Square clo­sures, along with routes for pa­rades/walks/run-a-thons, and is aimed at the city re­coup­ing some of its fi­nan­cial cost for pub­lic safety of­fi­cers and trash cleanup.

“It’s not that we’re try­ing to seek a bunch of money on this,” Coun­cil­man Keith Dal­ton said. “But we want to re­coup our cost.”

The events that will be charged fees, start­ing Jan. 1, would in­clude all of the Main Street dis­trict, even ex­tend­ing out­side of the Square. Sin­gle street road clo­sure with no po­lice — $100 Sin­gle street road clo­sure with po­lice — $200 Full square clo­sure with no po­lice — $300 Full square clo­sure with po­lice — $1,000 Pa­rade/Walk/Run-a-thon — $1,000

The new fee struc­ture will also re­quire pay­ment for re­strooms after its reg­u­lar hours of 8 a.m.-8 p.m. for $45.

Any dam­age to bar­ri­cades by groups host­ing events would also be ac­cessed at $75.

If the event runs longer than four hours, the cost for Pub­lic Safety would be $35 per hour for each ad­di­tional hour more than the four hour min­i­mum. An event re­quest­ing power will be charged a $30 fee for use of the elec­tric ser­vice.

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