Cov­ing­ton of­fers be­hind the scenes look at gov­ern­ment

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Lo­cal res­i­dents have an op­por­tu­nity to gain a be­hind the scenes look at how their lo­cal gov­ern­ment op­er­ates. Be­gin­ning in Au­gust, the City of Cov­ing­ton will host a Civics 101 class on Mon­days, Aug. 4, 10, 18 and 25. The first class will be held at city hall, 2194 Emory Street N.W., with other classes held there or other city prop­er­ties.

Classes are ap­prox­i­mately two hours and will cover the dif­fer­ent city de­part­ments, the day-to-day op­er­a­tions and each de­part­ment’s re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

“When you take a step back and think about it, there is so much the City of Cov­ing­ton is re­spon­si­ble for,” said City Man­ager Leigh Anne Knight. “From pub­lic safety and land ac­qui­si­tions to road main­te­nance, wa­ter recla­ma­tion and ev­ery­thing in be­tween, we are very diver­si­fied in our re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. I am con­fi­dent any­one who par­tic­i­pates in this pro­gram will find it to be a valu­able and ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence.”

City Coun­cil mem­bers, Mayor Ron­nie John­ston, City Man­ager Leigh Anne Knight, Fire Chief Stoney Bowles, Po­lice Chief Stacey Cot­ton and other de­part­ment heads are sched­uled to speak and an­swer ques­tions.

An­tic­i­pated top­ics covered in­clude: gov­ern­ment struc­ture; the role of the mayor; city man­ager re­spon­si­bil­i­ties; tourism; utilities overview; wa­ter recla­ma­tion and land ap­pli­ca­tion ser­vices; pub­lic works and solid waste; air­port op­er­a­tions; plan­ning and zon­ing; city growth and in­fra­struc­ture; and pub­lic safety over­views with the fire and po­lice de­part­ments and the 911 Cen­ter.

The class is free. Par­tic­i­pants do not have to live in the Cov­ing­ton city lim­its and those in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing can email Trey San­ders at tsanders@city­of­cov­ing­ or call 770-385-2000.

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