Summer projects wrapping up

Council receives updates, hears second readings

By Sam Wildow -

COVINGTON — Covington Council heard updates on a number of summer projects happening in the village that are either nearing or at completion.

“Safe Routes to School is essentially complete,” Village Administrator Mike Busse said. Busse said that the all that is left is final grading and reseeding for the project, which is expected to be completed later this week.

The 2017 Sidewalk Project is also complete. The council approved a change order amending the project amount from the original bid amount of approximately $19,309 to approximately $18,401. Busse explained that the change order was due to adjusted project quantities.

“Invoices have been sent out to the individual customers. Three customers have already paid their invoices,” Busse said.

The 2017 Paving Project is also complete. Busse said that pavement markings will be painted this week. Busse is also working to find out how much it would cost to have the pavement markings repainted in the intersection of U.S. Route 36 and State Route 48.

“It’s getting difficult to see which are the turn lanes,” Busse said.

Earlier during the mayor’s report, Mayor Ed McCord thanked Busse for his work this summer on these and other projects.

“It’s been quite a journey,” McCord said. “From all of us, thanks for all you’ve done this summer. … No one knows the time you put in.”

Also during their meeting, the council held second readings for two pieces of legislation, including an ordinance amending the zoning code to prohibit retail dispensaries, cultivators, or processors of medical marijuana within the village. Busse noted the surrounding communities who have gone this route to ban medical marijuana facilities from locating in their muncipalities, adding, “I personally think we’re on the right track here.”

The council then held the second reading of a resolution amending the records retention policy for the village. The last version of this policy prior to these updates did not have any mentions of emails.

At the end of their meeting, the council approved paying $47 to Crime Stoppers for Covington’s participation in a drug awareness billboard. Chief Lee Harmon said that all of police chiefs along with Miami County Sheriff Dave Duchak participated in this billboard to encourage the community to utilize Crime Stoppers if anyone knows of someone selling illegal drugs. The anonymous tip line for Crime Stoppers is (937) 615-TIPS (8477). The billboard can be seen on State Route 41.

Council receives updates, hears second readings

By Sam Wildow

Reach Sam Wildow at or (937) 451-3336

Reach Sam Wildow at or (937) 451-3336