Covington Council receives updates on projects, programs

By Sam Wildow -

COVINGTON — Covington Council held a brief meeting Monday evening, going over a number of topics that included updates on the High Street project, the Safe Routes to School program, and a lowered cost of trash tipping fees.

“I met with Brice Schmitmeyer to discuss the High Street topo work in preparation for the preliminary design,” Busse said. The “topo work” will study the shape of the street. The design for the High Street project will begin some time within the next two weeks.

“They’ll start with sidewalks and curbs,” Busse said. “They’ll work their way back to the buildings … The final thing they’ll be doing is topoing the road and then all the utilities. It’ll be a several month process until they complete that.”

Moving on to the Safe Routes to School program, the council approved more acquisitions for the program.

“We have completed negotiations on the second set of the Safe Routes to School right-of-way takes,” Busse said. There were a total of nine new right-of-way acquisitions approved that cost approximately $4,000 altogether.

“I have received a notification that our trash tipping fees will be decreasing to $53.80 April 1,” Busse said. According to Busse, this is a savings of $4 per ton and will result in an annual decrease in trash tipping fees of approximately $4,000.

The council also approved the asbestos removal for the former Paul’s Pizza building. H&H Environmental will be completing the work for approximately $4,500.

Also in Busse’s report, he stated that the water department will be flushing fire hydrants for the remainder of the week. Busse also sent property maintenance notices to two property owners with dilapidated barns. For Busse’s last item, he said that the village has replaced 779 water meters to date.

During the mayor’s report, Mayor Ed McCord reminded everyone that the Give Health Fair will be held on April 23 from 9 a.m. to noon at Covington Eagles.

“They do a great job,” McCord said.

The council also did the following:

• Waived the three reading rule and approved the proposed zoning map amendment

• Held the second reading of a resolution that will purchase an M2-106 Freightliner chassis from Stoops Freightliner through the ODOT state purchasing program and lease the chassis through TCF Financing for $86,352 for over five years

• Held the second readings of two ordinances that will allow Covington residents to vote on entering the village in an opt-out electric and gas aggregation programs on the Nov. 8 ballot

• Waived the three-reading rule and approved a resolution authorizing the village administrator to sign a memorandum of understanding with Covington Savings and Loan for deposits not to exceed $1.5 million

By Sam Wildow

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall