Covington fee considers one other spherical of ARPA funding, strikes to rent new Finance Director

By Ryan Clark
NKyTribune reporter

In a jam-packed caucus assembly Tuesday evening, Covington metropolis Commissioners have been requested to not solely take into account a brand new spherical of ARPA funding, but in addition a brand new Finance Director to assist oversee such issues.

First, town requested Commissioners to contemplate an order approving eight particular American Rescue Plan Act-funded applications, for $2,825,000. The applications will concentrate on:

Creating new, inexpensive housing — $1,000,000
Metropolis Heights relocation help — $200,000
Creating and implementing a Hearth/EMS Cadet program — $125,000
A property reinvestment program — $750,000
Eastside Pedestrian enhancements — $100,000
Stabilization of historic buildings — $125,000
Creation of a Metropolis/Colleges Recreation Fee — $125,000
Small Enterprise Help — $400,000

The proposal can be on subsequent week’s consent agenda.

New Finance Director

Commissioners have been requested to contemplate the hiring of a brand new Finance Director.

Former Finance Director Muhammed Owusu retired March 30, and it seems town has his substitute — although they didn’t share his title simply but.

“Workers is recommending the hiring of _______ because the Finance Director,” metropolis paperwork learn. “We consider this candidate’s expertise and ability set can be an awesome match for our metropolis.”

We do, nevertheless, know a number of key information:

• He has labored in native and state authorities managing budgets from a number of million to $1.3 billion.

• He has held roles together with monetary specialist, procurement analyst, chief monetary officer, controller and finance director.

“This broad vary of positions can be useful in main our finance division,” the paperwork stated.

The proposed rent was positioned on subsequent week’s consent agenda.

Recovering misplaced funds

Commissioners heard a proposal Tuesday from Metropolis Solicitor David Davidson to authorize civil litigation to get well funds misplaced via alleged theft, misuse and fraud throughout the Public Works Division.

“The subsequent merchandise is to authorize litigation in regard to an prevalence that was uncovered again in March,” Davidson stated. He famous there was an approaching “deadline on issues involving misuse of public funds and I’m within the means of making ready a grievance.”

Mayor Joe Meyer

Again in March, Commissioners confirmed up quarter-hour late to their scheduled assembly on account of what the Mayor referred to as an government session to debate personnel. Then, the group added a shock merchandise to their agenda — Enterprise Supervisor Allison Donaldson’s resignation, which was met with unanimous acceptance.

Mayor Joseph U. Meyer then went on to elucidate {that a} metropolis worker had lately been investigated for “abusing” a metropolis bank card. Town is now working with an accounting agency to quantify the extent of the exercise.

Davidson’s request was placed on subsequent week’s consent agenda.

Noise ordinance

Two weeks in the past, Assistant Metropolis Solicitor Logan Todd made a presentation to commissioners relating to a brand new noise ordinance. However commissioners made options, and Tuesday, he got here again with updates, together with:

• A brand new decibel system is in place to permit our cops one other instrument when a noise is plainly audible
• The development exemption now solely goes till 6 p.m.
• There may be an exemption now for church bells, chimes, and so on.

The ordinance could have a primary studying at subsequent week’s legislative assembly.
Different proposals Tuesday

Commissioners will even take into account these matters at subsequent week’s legislative assembly:

• Awarding a contract for $109,450.65 to repair the Carroll Chimes Bell Tower
• Awarding the annual road resurfacing contract, for $995,310.55
• Reaching an settlement with the Kentucky Housing Company for a $933,750 grant, which town will use to pay rental deposits of recent individuals within the Housing Alternative Voucher rental help program
• Awarding a contract to construct a fence across the S.F.C. Jason Bishop Memorial Canine Park, close to MainStrasse Village, for $109,975

Hires, Resignations and Appointments

Every can be thought of at subsequent week’s legislative assembly:

• With the departure of Emilee Buttrum, the Authorized Division posted for the place of Authorized Administrative Assistant and made a suggestion to Lydia Northcutt, who accepted.

• The Police Division requested the hiring of Police Officer Applicant Mandie Appleman, efficient July 3, 2022

• Tom West requested filling an open place throughout the Financial Improvement Division for Administrative Assistant with applicant Katie O’Neill

• Public Works requested Daniel Bitter to be promoted to Brick Mason • Shane Negangard was urged to be reappointed to the Audit Committee

Smith absent

Commissioner Shannon Smith was absent from Tuesday evening’s assembly.

Subsequent Assembly

The subsequent repeatedly scheduled Covington Fee assembly can be a legislative assembly held at 6 p.m., June 28, on the Metropolis Constructing at 20 W. Pike St. in Covington. The conferences may be adopted stay on Fioptics channel 815, Spectrum channel 203, the Telecommunications Board of Northern Kentucky (TBNK) web site, the TBNK Fb web page @TBNKonline, and the TBNK Roku channels.

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