Covington to proceed with wastewater plant project

Low-interest loan awarded

By Sam Wildow -

COVINGTON — Covington Council met Monday evening, discussing the low-interest loan that they received for the Wastewater Treatment Plant phase one improvement project.

Village Administrator Mike Busse received notice earlier this month that the village was awarded a maximum of $696,151.99 for the project, which is a 1 percent interest loan from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The village is expected to pay it back over the course of 20 years. The council approved the issuance of the notice to proceed on this project.

The council held the first reading of a resolution to accept the low bid for the 2017 street resurfacing program. The low bid was from Ticon Paving in the amount of $101,406.50.

The council also held the first reading of a resolution that would authorize transferring obsolete radio equipment to the Miami County Sheriff’s Office. Busse recommended the transfer.

The council approved a two-year agreement with McCullock, Felger, Fite and Gutmann for legal services. This is an agreement that continues the services of Village Attorney Frank Patrizio for the village of Covington.

Busse also gave an update on a number of projects. Busse and Brice Schmitmeyer of Access Engineering will be meeting with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission later this month to set the schedule for the reconstruction of High Street. The original engineer’s estimate for this project is approximately $4.3 million. The village expects this project to be completed in the 2021-2022 budget year.

They will also be meeting with ODOT in reference to the Safe Routes to School project. Busse said that the construction signs will go up next week and the work is expected to begin the week of May 29. Busse also said that they will be going door-to-door with notices advising nearby homeowners of the construction schedule once they confirm it.

The High Street patio for the downtown area is also complete. Jane Sellman of Sellman’s Furniture donated the land to the village for the purpose of creating this patio area with extra seating for the public. Busse is working on getting quotes for how much it would cost to put a fence in at this location.

The village also worked with Finfrock Construction to replace the fire hydrant and valve at the corner of Ludlow and Broadway.

Council members Scott Tobias and Joyce Robertson were absent from this meeting.

Low-interest loan awarded

By Sam Wildow

Reach Sam Wildow at or (937) 451-3336

Reach Sam Wildow at or (937) 451-3336