The Annual Employee Christmas Lunch was held on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at Legion Field and catered by Bradley's Bar-B-Que. The employees received a throw blanket emblazoned with the City logo. City Manager (Retired) Leigh Anne Knight read a "citified" version of Twas' the Night Before Christmas and thanked everyone for their hard work throughout 2019. Special thanks to Jackie Dial, Human Resources Specialist, for organizing the annual event and to everyone who helped decorate and clean up.
December 9, 2019 City Council Meeting
The final City of Covington Council meeting of 2019 was replete with goodbyes, administering of oaths and well wishes for years to come.
- The MALSR approach lighting system (pictured) and taxiway light rehabilitation project contract completion date is scheduled for January 14, 2020. That target is dependent on inclement weather and material lead times. Total spent as of 01/03/2020 is $873,064.44 of the $1,558,158.50 contract amount.
- The Gas Department is preparing to run a gas line from Airport Court, up East Richardson to the North West side of the Airport to provide gas service to two commercial airport tenants (Standridge Color and Southern Air Group).
- Two after hours emergency calls.
- Three above ground leak repairs completed.
- One unlock and inspection completed.
- Five check meter reports completed.
- Contractor made a repair to a main damaged during road construction on Hwy 278 (see photo of repair). Required installation of a steel weld-over and coating replacement.
Events for upcoming week: Safety Committee Meeting at 9:00 a.m. on January 7, 2020 in Conference Room (Court Services Building)
• Created and disseminated standardized email signature
• Started annual update of city-wide Strategic Plan
• Legion Field: Confirmed private rental of Legion Field (August) and Currently 17 planned events for the year
• Facebook: 1.7k people have engaged with the city’s posts from December 27 to January 2.
- Patrol officers worked a case in which a woman flagged down an officer on Emory Street. She had been tied up by her ex-boyfriend with duct tape on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning and held against her will. Officers responded, along with criminal investigations, and after interviewing the victim, the male was apprehended. They also arrested three additional more males at the house, which contained various drugs.
- The decision was recently made to have 4 of the younger officers station their vehicles so we have more vehicles available. The decision was made because two vehicles are inoperable and some of the pool cars are down as well. The four officers still drive their vehicles when on duty, but when they are off, the department has access to these four vehicles. When other vehicles in the fleet go down for service or have mechanical issues, these cars will be available substitutes. This system will be monitored until new vehicles arrive.
- Sgt. Allan Seebaran along with CPD's Chaplain Russel Graves and his church fed 21 families on Christmas day and gave Christmas gifts to 54 kids. They were supported by the Rotary Club, Leadership Newton County and the Police Who Care.