City coun­cil con­sid­ers drafts for new logo

The Covington News - - LOCAL - SAN­DRA BRANDS sbrands@cov­news.com

Univer­sity of Georgia (UGA) De­sign Stu­dio stu­dents sub­mit­ted logo de­signs for the City of Cov­ing­ton, and its util­ity com­pany, to the city coun­cil on Mon­day night.

Be­fore cre­at­ing their de­signs, the stu­dents met with the coun­cil, and then dur­ing a Thurs­day Lun­choen Con­cert on the Square, spent a day talk­ing to ci­ti­zens dur­ing.

“The ma­jor­ity of those ques­tioned were Cov­ing­ton or New­ton County res­i­dents,” said stu­dent Stephen McCon­key, adding when asked what they thought of when think­ing of the city, said, “peo­ple thought about the Square, the his­tory and the movie busi­ness.”

The 16 stu­dents and Don­nie Lon­ge­necker, a lec­turer in land­scape ar­chi­tec­ture at the De­sign Stu­dio, met with the coun­cil on Sept. 16. (See “New city logo to be drafted by UGA De­sign Stu­dio Stu­dents,” here: http://www.cov­news.com/sec­tion/1/ar­ti­cle/201833/.)

Logo de­signs shown Mon­day night ranged from ab­stract “C”s to a mag­no­lia com­bined with the name of the city to a small sketch of a city flanked by lau­rel wreaths. The sec­ond board of de­signs showed lo­gos for the util­ity depart­ment.

Coun­cil mem­bers were asked to use a green marker to check de­signs they liked and a red “x” to note the ones they did not like. Once that was com­pleted, Lon­ge­necker re­viewed the im­ages that were fa­vored, and af­ter a brief dis­cus­sion told the coun­cil the stu­dents would re­turn to the “draw­ing board” to in­cor­po­rate sug­gested changes.

OTHER COUN­CIL BUSI­NESS: COUNTY WASTE POLI­CIES CON­CERN CITY

Coun­cil Mem­ber Chris Smith, Post 1, East, re­ported that he had been ap­proached by a num­ber of res­i­dents con­cerned about the county’s adop­tion of a fee to use neigh­bor­hood re­cy­cling cen­ters as well as the de­ci­sion to close those con­ve­nience cen­ters in the near fu­ture.

Smith said he no­ticed an in­crease in fur­ni­ture and larger items be­ing thrown into the dump­ster at his fam­ily’s busi­ness, New­ton Elec­tric. He re­quested that the City Man­ager Leigh Anne Knight and As­sis­tant City Man­ager Billy Bouch­illon re­search what it would cost for the city to re­sume reg­u­lar trash pickup of large items, such as so­fas and mat­tresses.

Bouch­illon said it would re­quire adding two em­ploy­ees at a cost of $60,000 per em­ployee and in­creases in land­fill tip­ping fees. He es­ti­mated it would cost the city an ad­di­tional $200,000 a year, $350,000 in the first year be­cause of the need to pur­chase an­other san­i­ta­tion truck.

Knight pointed out that san­i­ta­tion ser­vice in the city was al­ready run­ning at a deficit of $200,000, which will cost each house­hold $3 more monthly. If pickup of larger items is re­sumed, it would add an ad­di­tional $200,000 to the deficit, and an­other $3 to monthly trash bills.

Knight and Bouch­illon said they would take a look at the op­tions and costs, and re­turn with in­for­ma­tion for the coun­cil.

FIFTH CIT­I­ZEN’S ACADEMY STU­DENT GRAD­U­ATES

The fifth grad­u­at­ing class of Cov­ing­ton’s Cit­i­zen’s Po­lice Academy re­ceived their diplo­mas at the Cov­ing­ton City Coun­cil meet­ing on Mon­day.

“They [the stu­dents] have been very, very in­trigued by what we do,” said Al­mon Turner, As­sis­tant Chief of Po­lice.

One of the grad­u­ates was Coun­cil Mem­ber Josh McKelvey, Post 3, East.

“It was a priv­i­lege and an honor to be part of the class,” he said. “Not only did I get to learn ... in-depth about the depart­ment, I got to learn more about the of­fi­cers and peo­ple in the com­mu­nity.

“We had a good time,” he said. “I want to thank all of your who had a part in putting this on. I en­cour­age cit­i­zen’s watch­ing to be part of it.”

Jonathan Pas­cal, pres­i­dent of the newly cre­ated nine-mem­ber Cit­i­zen’s Po­lice Academy ex­ec­u­tive board, told the coun­cil, “One of the re­ally great things that hap­pened dur­ing this was Taser night. Coun- cil Mem­ber McKelvey is the only city coun­cil mem­ber who’s been tasered ... and he en­joyed it.”

ROAD CLO­SURES

The Cov­ing­ton City Coun­cil ap­proved re­quests for road clo­sures on Hal­loween, Mon­day, Oct. 31 to make Cov­ing­ton Place sub­di­vi­sion roads one-way from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; close the Square one block in each di­rec­tion to ve­hi­cle traf­fic from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and block off Hunt, Pratt and Swann streets in Clark’s Grove.

The coun­cil also ap­proved a Square clo­sure for the Li­ons Club Christ­mas Pa­rade on Satur­day, Dec. 3 from 4 a.m. to noon.

Sub­mit­ted photo | The Cov­ing­ton News

Cov­ing­ton City Coun­cil mem­bers, from left, front row, Chris Smith, Ocie Franklin and Ken­neth Mor­gan mark the logo de­signs sub­mit­ted by UGA stu­dents they like and dis­like. Back row, from left: As­sis­tant City Man­ager Billy Bouch­illon and Coun­cil mem­ber Josh McKelvey.

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