Commission Meeting Highlights - February 18, 2014

Staff Changes

Commission approved the creation of the position of Information Technology and Data Manager. The City is currently taking applications for this position and more details can be found on the city's website.


Commission approved the employment of Joshua Denny as a Police Officer I in the Covington Police Department, for a twelve month probationary period, effective March 3, 2014. Mr. Denny is a Cum Laude graduate of Mount St. Joseph College.



Zoning Changes

New Vehicle Sales Allowed in Commercial Business District

Commission approved an amendment to the official zoning ordinance of the City, allowing new vehicle and equipment sales, light uses in the central business district (CBD) through the conditional use process subject to use specific standards. The proposed use restrictions would prohibit large scale automobile dealerships and service stations within the CBD zone.


Covington Winery?

Commission approved the amendment to change an approximate 19.1 acre area generally located along the south side of Highland Pike between Hanser Drive and Wrights Point Drive and along the north side of Kuhrs Lane in the City from Suburban Residential (SR-7.5) to agricultural (AG). This amendment was initiated by a property owner based on future plans for a small farm winery and other ancillary uses. The first reading of the change took place at last commission meeting held on February 4.



Drees Pavilion Turns Ten

Commission recognized the tenth anniversary of Drees Pavilion. In 2003, the Drees Company built a $2 million, 10,000 square foot pavilion in Devou Park to commemorate the company’s 75 anniversary. The company donated the Drees Pavilion to the City and fees raised from the rental of the facility are invested back into Devou Park annually.


In the last five years, revenues generated from Dress Pavilion made $3.5 million worth of investment possible. Park projects including the installation of two new playground structures, the construction of two new restrooms and a concession stand, the installation of wayfinding signage, the construction of eight miles of quality mountain bike and hiking trails, are some of the examples of the improvements the investment has made possible.



Board Appointments and Changes

Commission approved the following:


The appointment of David M. Rodarte to the Devou Park Advisory Committee for a three-year term, effective January 1, 2014 and expiring December 31, 2016.


The appointment of Geraldine Rader to the Covington Human Rights Commission for a three-year term, effective February 18, 2014, and expiring February 17, 2017.