Council approves tax abatement

By Sam Wildow -

COVINGTON — Covington Council approved continuing the tax abatement for Concept Machine during their meeting Tuesday evening.

Village Administrator Mike Busse explained that the Tax Incentive Review Committee reviewed the current tax abatement for Concept Machine and recommended to the council that they continue it.

Following that, the council approved waiving the three-reading rule and approved declaring a 1998 Ford trash truck as a surplus item now that the village has a new trash truck in service. The council also authorized Busse to auction off the item on Gov deals.

The council also approved renewing the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield employee health insurance plan. There is a 7.5 percent overall average increase.

The council also heard the second reading of a resolution to purchase a 2017 police cruiser and finance it through a $34,000 loan with Covington Savings and Loan. The interest rate would be 3.09 percent for a total cost of approximately $36,060.

The council also tabled an ordinance approving the budget for the fiscal year 2017. It is expected to be taken off the table at their next meeting. It was tabled due to the rescheduling of the Wastewater Treatment Plant bid opening.

Wastewater Treatment Plant bid opening was rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 10 a.m. due to clarifications made to the bid documents for the project. They had a pre-bid meeting on Feb. 7.

The council also set a public hearing for April 3, at 7 p.m. to rezone the area from Bridge Street to Broadway, and Wenrick to Pearl Street.

By Sam Wildow

Reach Sam Wildow at or (937) 451-3336

Reach Sam Wildow at or (937) 451-3336