City gets calls about pro­posed vinyl ban

The Covington News - - NEWS - JACKIE GUTKNECHT jgutknecht@cov­

The Cov­ing­ton City Coun­cil broached a list of dis­cus­sion top­ics dur­ing its called work ses­sion Tues­day night that lasted nearly four hours.

Dis­cus­sion top­ics in­cluded ini­ti­at­ing a tree in­ven­tory, or­ga­niz­ing an­nual em­ployee train­ing ses­sions, al­lot­ting Spe­cial Pur­pose Lo­cal Op­tions Sales Tax (SPLOST) monies, re­design­ing city lo­gos and more.

Sev­eral of the dis­cussed items were added to next week’s agenda for the reg­u­larly sched­uled coun­cil meet­ing. No ac­tion was taken at the work ses­sion.

One item said to be added to the city’s agenda for a vote Mon­day was a po­ten­tial ban on vinyl sid­ing, which was pro­posed to the coun­cil in Septem­ber by the city’s plan­ning and zon­ing depart­ment. The coun­cil pre­vi­ously tabled the dis­cus­sion, but Coun­cil­man Chris Smith said he has re­ceived nu­mer­ous phone calls from vinyl rep­re­sen­ta­tives since.

One of the rep­re­sen­ta­tives reach­ing out to him was the Vinyl Sid­ing In­sti­tute (VSI) from Wash­ing­ton D.C. Ac­cord­ing to its web­site, VSI is the trade as­so­ci­a­tion for man­u­fac­tur­ers of vinyl and other poly­meric sid­ing and sup­pli­ers to the in­dus­try. The pur­pose of VSI is to fur­ther the de­vel­op­ment and growth of the vinyl sid­ing in­dus­try.

The as­so­ci­a­tion re­port­edly told Smith it would be at­tend­ing the coun­cil’s Nov. 21 coun­cil meet­ing to ap­peal the city’s de­ci­sion to ban vinyl sid­ing. The only ac­tion the coun­cil has taken on the vinyl sid­ing ban so far was to ta­ble it.

Coun­cil­woman Hawnethia Wil­liams said the vinyl con­tro­versy was not the kind of pub­lic­ity she wanted for the city.

Mayor Ronnie John­ston rec­om­mended the coun­cil chal­lenge the city’s plan­ning and zon­ing depart­ment to pro­vide ev­i­dence on the city’s need for the pro­posed ban.

The coun­cil is set to meet Mon­day at 6 p.m. for its reg­u­larly sched­uled meet­ing.

Cour­tesy of

The Cov­ing­ton City Coun­cil dis­cussed the pos­si­bil­ity of a ban on vinyl sid­ing dur­ing Tues­day’s work ses­sion.

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