Commission Meeting Highlights - April 1, 2014

Staff Changes

Commission approved the following staff changes:

  • Resignation of Michelle Carter from the Covington Police Department, effective March 22, 2014.
  • Resignation of Shannon Watters, Clerk Typist VI in the Finance Department, effective April 30, 2014.


First Reading 

Commission heard a first reading to establish an ordinance establishing a transparency policy for the City of Covington. the Mayor’s Task Force to Restore Public Confidence has recommended the adoption of a Transparency Policy to ensure that the government of the City is transparent and accountable to its citizens for its actions. the policy outlines plans to share accountancy information and documents with the public via its website and available on request.


Lewisburg Park Received Health Impact Analysis

Marsha Bach from the NKY Health Department, presented the results of a Health Impact Analysis for the Lewisburg Neighborhood Park, also known as Hanses Park. The analysis helped to suggest ways to revitalize the park. Some recommendations includes a play structure, picnic tables, a sport area, and a community garden.

CDBG funds were allocated in order to complete the analysis. There is still CDBG money to move forward to implement the plan, pending further community engagement. 


Police Department Gets Upgrades Through Grant

Commission approved the purchase of computer upgrades, equipment, and training, for hte Covington Police Department, in a total amount of $33,226.80, payable from the 2013 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant. Items to be purchases from teh grant money include 80 licenses for Microsoft office upgrades, portable printers for police cruisers, and a Total Station for accident reconstruction and training.


Finance Department To Outsource Payroll

The City received Commission approval to authorize the publication of a request for proposals for payroll solutions and services. the State Auditor’s report included a finding that the City’s payroll duties are not adequately segregated. City staff has determined that the most effective, most cost effective way to implement the Auditor’s recommendation is to outsource payroll services. 


Grant to Aid Flood Relief in Peaselburg

Commission formally accepted the grant awarded by the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority in 2010 and approved expenditure on work related to relieving some of the flooding that has occurred in Peaselburg and around Pointe Benton and Rays Lane. Total amount of the grant is $600,000. The grant can be used for land acquisition, design and construction. The City will work with SD1 to determine the best use of these funds.


Boards and Commissions

Commission approved the appointment of Kenton County Treasurer Roy Cox to the Board of Overseers of the Kenton County - Covington Wellness Center effective immediately and expiring December 31, 2017.