Covington Council accepts village employee resignation

By Kelsi Langston

For the Miami Valley Today

COVINGTON — At Covington’s village council meeting on Monday, employee Mike Weber presented his resignation from the position of village utilities director, which was accepted by the council. “Unfortunately, I can no longer complete my duties to my satisfaction for the village under the direction of the current village administrator. My hands have been tied several times over the past year, which has prevented me from completing many projects and maintenance on several items,” he said.

The village administrator’s report included an announcement of Village Garage Sales, which will take place from June 1-3, and Large Item Pickup, which will take place the week of June 6. As in years past, some items will be free, while others will have costs associated. It was also noted that limb pickup will be done on Fridays. As for recent flooding of roadways, the village is currently investigating solutions for areas most commonly affected by heavy rainfall.

Village Administrator Kyle Hinkleman announced the village received a $500,000 Land and Conservation Fund grant that will allow amphitheater construction to be added to Phase 1 of the Schoolhouse Park project. He added that funding for the park is currently at $1.25 million and there is more good news on funding to come.

There was a continuing discussion over alternative streaming methods for council meetings. The issue was left on the table for further discussion at future meetings.

Three first readings were held. A resolution was introduced to appoint a new Board of Zoning Appeals member. Dwayne Wilson was recommended by Mayor Ed McCord for the position. A second resolution requested the adoption of a new logo and seal for the village of Covington with the goal of creating more consistency in branding throughout the village. The update will include a logo, secondary logo and seal, which will be utilized on signage, memos, formal documents, vehicles, and employee apparel.

An ordinance was approved to allow the village to modify revenues and appropriations of current expenses and other expenditures. This appropriation is separate from the quarterly appropriation, and instead, is to alter the way a previous transfer of funds is reflected in the budget. The ordinance also allows for correction of a typo on a line item in the budget. The three reading rule was waived, and the measure was approved.