COVINGTON — The village of Covington is looking for interested residents to take a seat on the council due to vacancies approaching next year.
“We have three vacant council seats,” Mayor Ed McCord said.
McCord spoke during the regular Covington Council meeting held Monday evening about how the remaining council members next year will need to appoint new members to the council due to a lack of candidates in the recent election.
Council members Lois Newman, Joyce Robertson, Scott Tobias, and Bud Weer’s terms on the council will expire at the end of the year. Bud Weer was the only council member re-elected to the board. Weer ran unopposed during the Nov. 7 election, partially due to the Miami County Board of Elections denying petitions from Robertson and Newman to have them put on the November ballot.
“We have asked interested parties to send us a letter of interest,” McCord said, noting that the letters do not have to be resumes.
The village will accept letters of interest through Dec. 18 at 4 p.m. Those who submit letters of interest are then asked to come to the Jan. 2 meeting to say a few words about themselves and their interest before the council appoints the new members.
For more information, the village is located at 1 S. High St. and can be contacted at (937) 473-3420.
Street levy proposed for ballot
The council also held the first reading of a resolution to submit a proposed 3-mill street levy for the board of elections to have placed on the May ballot.
“This proposed levy would be used to partially fund out street resurfacing projects over the next five years,” Village Administrator Mike Busse said.
The village recently contracted with Midwest Pavement Analysis to have a study of the current street conditions. The report identified $2,139,154 of current needs for street maintenance.
Busse estimated at their last meeting that the levy would generate approximately $124,000 a year. A home valuation of $75,000 would pay $39.38 per half or approximately 22 cents per day. A home valuation of $100,000 would pay $52.50 per half or approximately 29 cents per day.
There has been no alley resurfacing done in the last seven years due to budget shortfalls. Covington currently has no dedicated levy for street maintenance.
The council did not comment on the resolution. They will hear two more readings before voting on putting the street levy on the next ballot for Covington voters to consider.
Other legislation approved, heard
The council approved entering into a three-year contract with the city of St. Mary’s for income tax collection administration. This contract is a decrease in the fee schedule from 3.8 percent to 3.25 percent.
The council then heard the second readings of proposed ordinances that would give village employees a 2 percent pay raise.
In regard to other new business before the council, they held the first reading of a resolution to enter into an 11-year contract with Suez for full maintenance on the village’s large water tower.
The cost for the first year would be $1,500; for the second year through the fifth year would be $60,000 annually; for the sixth year through the tenth year would be $113,552; and the last year of the contract would cost $35,771. Annual adjustments after the end of that contract would be a maximum increase of 5 percent.
“That would include the complete restoration of the tower inside and out,” Busse said. Busse added that a number of surrounding companies utilize this same company and that “the company assumes all the liability” for their work on the tower.
The village is currently two years into the seven-year contract with Suez for full maintenance on the village’s small water tower. For comparison, the cost of maintenance on the small tower is $73,017 annually for the first six years and then $29,017 for the seventh year.
“I think we’re pretty happy with them,” Busse said.
The council will hear two more readings on the resolution before voting on it.
Tobias was absent during this meeting.
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