PINK OUT DRIVE-IN CONCERT HELD FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2020
The Annual Pink-Out Concert was held at Legion Field on Friday, October 2 and featured the band Wren and the Wravens. Thank you for everyone who attended and decked out their cars and themselves in PINK! This was the final drive-in concert for the season but look for Live at Lunch Concerts on the Square throughout October on Thursdays! Select the button below to visit the Newton County Arts Association website for an event calendar.
There was a called meeting of the Covington City Council on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 to discuss an ice skating rink at Legion Field and view a presentation via Zoom regarding the Georgia Conservancy’s Housing and Land Use Study. Due to COVID-19, the meeting was only available to the public via teleconference. Click on the link below to view the video of the September 29th called meeting.
The City of Covington has partnered with ClearGov, a transparency platform, to launch an infographic-based fiscal dashboard. The new tool is optimized for complete accessibility, as defined by the ADA, and provides taxpayers an easy-to-understand, visual breakdown of the city's finances, as well as insights into the demographics and more. Click on the button below to view the City of Covington's ClearGov page.
Congratulations to the City's Finance Department on being awarded the Government Finance Officers Association Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019.
- Staff entered 279 invoices for payment to vendors
- The city issued 153 checks for 260 invoices
- Accounting department entered 91 journal entries to record transactions of the city
- Staff sent 37 invoices to customers for miscellaneous transactions
- The city issued 228 payroll checks to employees for bi-weekly payroll
- Staff attended 4.5 hours of training and Senior Accountant and Assistant Finance Director each took exam for GAPPT Seventh Annual Trustee School
Total Transactions Completed By Customer Service Representatives: 2,018
UTILITY BILLING / METER READERS
- 4,124 bills processed
- 280 work orders completed
- Four meter/ert changes
- 337 disconnects for non-pay
- 334 reconnects
• Total purchase orders issued – current month - 106
• Total purchase orders issued – current budget year - 1,178
- WRF Evaluation RFP: Under Review
- Conyers Street Gym RFP: Out for bid
- Annual concert series RFP: Out for bid
- Recreational Programming Partner RFP: Out for bid
- HVAC System: Out for bid
COVINGTON MUNICIPAL COURT
- There were no court sessions during this week.
- 39 new citations were processed and filed in the court.
- A total of $2,749.00 in fines and fees were collected from mail and web payments and in-person counter payments.
- Two warrant dismissals were verified that warrant removal was completed accurately.
- There were four open record requests, two certified disposition requests and one DDS suspension withdrawal processed.
- A total of 181 separate case files for the week were scanned into Courtware Software.
- A total of zero cases were disposed of.
- The office has received 186 emails and responded to 80 emails from internal and external customers.
- There were 170 calls made to and received from telephone customers.
- Mailed out 60+ packets with solicitor’s recommendation for entering a plea.
- Meeting with Steve Hall from City's IT Department.
- Deputy Clerk Tiffany Johnston prepared October 5, 2020 City Council Meeting Agenda
- Prepared October 5, 2020 Council Meeting packet and notes
- Attended a tour of Three Ring Studios (pictured below)
- Fielded 28 phone calls
- Completed 18 lighting service orders
- Installed five LED lights
- Completed ten permanent and four temporary power service orders
- Replaced two overhead services
- Completed two low line service orders
- Completed 20 right-of-way service orders
- Installed two underground services
- Completed nine outage/trouble calls
- Set two single phase primary poles (Perry Alley reconductoring)
- Covington Legends project: Energized two 750 kVA transformers (temporary power)
- Three Ring Studios: Installed 24 permanent power meters
Pictured: Cameron Rusk works on a pole for a reconductoring on Perry Alley
- 22 CCTV advertisements
- Scheduled local programming
- Updated the local access channels with COVID-19 information
- Answered and returned customer calls and emails
- Replaced cat-5 cable in the shop building
- Spliced fibers for a Versa Collector
- Pole replacement on Conyers Street for fiber transfer
Pictured: Chris Spohn works on a line during the Perry Alley reconductoring
- Responded to four emergency leak calls.
- Completed twenty seven CP readings
- Completed two inspections and unlock requests.
- Replaced one ERT.
- Inserted two services (pictured).
- Completed two demos.
- Repaired two leaks.
- Completed maintenance and repairs on three gas valves.
- Flagged three services for installs.
- Completed maintenance on the compressors and tanks at the CNG facility (pictured).
- Three orders to check water leak
- Three orders to repair water leak
- One order to install new gasket and reset meter boxes
- Two orders to locate water tap
- One order to open valve for water tank
- Two orders to replace water meter lid
- Six orders to change out meter
- Three orders to rewire water meter
- Two orders to locate water meter
- One order to flush water tank
Pictured: Installing a new sewer tap for 12 Oaks Bed and Breakfast
- One order to drain water tank
- One order to flush fire hydrant
- One order to turn off water service
- One order to lay out new water service
- One order to repair manhole
- Two orders to locate sewer tap
- One order to install new sewer tap
- Four orders to locate sewer problem
- One order to locate sewer main
Pictured: McElroy Grading installing a new set of meter vaults at the new Eastside High School
Chelsey Rice completed the APCO Communications Training Officer Course. The APCO Institute’s Communications Training Officer (CTO) course focuses on the development and maintenance of an agency’s one-on-one training program and provides the training necessary to foster levels of consistency for CTOs as they provide on-the-job training to new hires. Great job Chelsey!
Total Agency Calls Generated: 1,846
Total Law Calls Generated: 1,433 (77.62%)
- Covington Police Department: 441 (23.88%)
- Covington Marshal's Office: 0 (0.00%)
- Newton County Animal Control: 20 (1.08%)
- Newton County Sheriff's Office: 899 (48.69%)
- Oxford Police Department: 21 (1.13%)
- Porterdale Police Department: 52 (2.81%)
Fire Calls Generated: 166 (8.99%)
- Covington Fire Department: 44 (2.38%)
- Newton County Fire: 122 (6.60%)
NEWTON EMS CALLS: 247 (13.38%)
Michael Canty, a police officer with the Covington Police Department, and Myla Canty, a communications officer at Covington-Newton County 911, are shown here “twinning” with their masks on. Michael and Myla are twins and started at both agencies around the same time.
- FMO Fuqua working on suppression
- Completed three plan reviews
- Completed one fire protection system inspection
- Completed eight compliance inspections
- Completed four annual inspections
- Issued three burn permits (two residential and one commercial)
- Processed open records/incident request
- Ordered supplies
- Continued contacting and sending invites to external stakeholders
- Corresponded with team leader for Pasadena Fire Department accreditation team
- Sent out October birthday and anniversary recognition memo
- Attended Kiwanis Zoom
- Approved purchase orders and Invoices in BSA
- Uploaded final list of stakeholders into strategic plan SharePoint page
- Sent new vendor packets to caterers for upcoming stakeholder meetings
- DIVERSITY & INCLUSION TRAINING: OCTOBER-NOVEMBER (TBA)
LAST WEEK'S TASKS AND EVENTS
- Worked with actuaries and attorneys on Defined Benefit Plan amendments
- Facilitating the new Shared Leave Bank policy
- Audited pay data submitted for pension
- Reviewed benefit bills and invoices
- Worked on Quarterly Report for new hires, promotions and retirements
- Worked on Assistant City Manager recruitment and application review
- Mediated personnel issues
- Brainstorming ideas on upcoming training
- Providing quality customer care to our employees and retirees
- Reviewing applications for vacant positions
- Scanning of HR files
- Monitoring the coronavirus pandemic and listening to professionals about proper return to work protocols
- Coordinating the Diversity & Inclusion Training event – instructors, venue, tables, chairs, etc.
- Handling FMLA, Worker’s Compensation and COVID-19 claims
- Scheduling and conducting interviews for vacant position and compiling appropriate documents
- Preparing for upcoming Assistant City Manager interview process
- Auditing all employee benefits: invoicing accuracy, vendor satisfaction, etc.
CURRENT JOB POSTINGS
- Police Officer
- 911 Communication Tech
- Atrium mural nears completion (pictured above)
- September visitor numbers compiled and submitted to State Regional Visitor Information Center office
- New water filter/dispenser installed
- Mannequins assembled to continue work on film museum
- Discussion of exterior planters with local garden club
- Looking into fall décor for Welcome Center
TOURISM, DOWNTOWN, MEDIA AND SPECIAL PROJECTS
- Met with representative from Oxford College to discuss future partnerships
- Presented ice skating rink plan to City Council for approval
- Updated permit for special events in city limits
- Created and distributed marketing materials for OctoberFest downtown shopping promotion
- Hosted meeting with businesses and members of community to plan Christmas events
- Compiled weekly report for week ending September 27, 2020
- Updated website and social media
- Filmed Called Meeting on 9/29/20 and uploaded to website
- Central Park playground is under construction (pictured below)
- Paving of the Cricket Frog Trail has been completed to Washington Street (pictured below)
Halloween is just around the corner and there have been no restrictions placed on this year's holiday in Covington. However, the CDC has some recommended guidelines to follow if celebrating Halloween including low and moderate risk ideas to keep you and your loved ones safe. There's no reason to make Halloween scarier than it already is by including COVID-19 in your plans!
- If trick or treating, participate in one-way trick-or-treating where individually wrapped goodie bags are lined up for families to grab and go while continuing to social distance (such as at the end of a driveway or at the edge of a yard).
- Carve or decorate pumpkins with members of your household and display them. If you want to carve pumpkins with neighbors or friends, do it outside at a safe distance.
- Have a virtual Halloween costume contest or attend a costume party held outdoors where protective masks are used and people can remain more than 6 feet apart.
- Have a Halloween movie night with people you live with or have an outdoor Halloween movie night with local family friends with people spaced at least 6 feet apart.
- Go to an open-air, one-way, walk-through haunted forest where appropriate mask use is enforced, and people can remain more than 6 feet apart.
“Normal” Halloween activities such as traditional trick-or-treating, indoor haunted houses, crowded Halloween parties indoors and going on hayrides with people not from your family are considered high risk activities and should be avoided.
For complete information on the CDC's suggested Halloween guidelines, please select the button below.
Remember to continue following the "Four for Fall" steps (and wearing a mask means one that covers your nose and mouth, not your Halloween mask!) to continue to decrease the spread of COVID-19: