News Line for Covington

City Council denies Twelve Oaks bride's road closure request
The spring season will bring special events to Covington, and citizens can expect to see a busy Square park and some road closures in the upcoming weeks. The City Council received four requests for downtown permits and temporary road closures.
Source: Newton Citizen

Council prolongs gazebo decision, moves forward with public restrooms
While the Covington City Council chose a company to build public restrooms downtown, they prolonged the Square’s gazebo discussion until more citizen input can be given.
Source: Newton Citizen

City Council considers park use policy
The City Council wants to establish some ground rules for those who are interested in using the American Legion Field.
Source: Newton Citizen

Gazebo idea to go to committee
The Covington City Council is not yet ready to move forward on adding a gazebo to the city’s square park.
Source: Covington News

Ribbon cut on CNG station
The City of Covington’s Green Fuels Facility, a compressed natural gas station, held its grand opening Friday
Source: Covington News

Covington Fire Department to launch explorer program
The Covington Fire Department is expanding its community outreach with an Explorer Program, open to young men and women 15-20 interested in the Fire/Medical fields as a career.
Source: Covington News

Covington FD achieves international re-accreditation
The Covington Fire Department is one of 18 departments across the country that has earned international re-accreditation.
Source: Newton Citizen

Covington City Council wary about gazebo's $55K budget
Mayor Ronnie Johnston’s push in the next phase to build a gazebo in the Square Park was tabled because some council members were wary of the costs presented.
Source: Newton Citizen

CNG fueling station opens to public
The city of Covington’s compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station is now open to the public, and the city is planning to have an open house and grand opening April 4 at 2 p.m. at the station, which is located off City Pond Road, near the Alcovy Road intersection.
Source: Covington News

Gazebo for square could cost $55K
The gazebo Mayor Ronnie Johnston wants to see placed on the Covington square could cost $55,000, but some Covington City Council members want more information, including seeing the gazebo’s footprint physically marked out on the square, before moving forward.
Source: Covington News

Covington-Newton Chamber of Commerce to showcase community as part of annual International VIP Tour
As one of the 10 host counties for the annual International VIP Tour, Covington-Newton Chamber of Commerce will showcase the community to the Atlanta Consular Corps dignitaries, representing 26 countries, next week.
Source: Newton Citizen

Bill would reduce early voting days in cities
A bill seen by some as an attempt to chill voter turnout and by others as a way to help municipalities control their election costs has passed the state House and awaits debate in the Senate.
Source: Rockdale Citizen

Chamber to test out tourism trolley
The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce is giving a trial run to a trolley that would be used by businesses and during special events to promote tourism.
Source: Covington News

Main Street Covington makes transition under Chamber
With the Main Street Covington program moving under the Covington-Newton Chamber of Commerce, President Chamber Hunter Hall said it is one step closer to naming a director and moving forward with the transition.
Source: Newton Citizen

Covington City Council updates human resources policy
In efforts to improve the city of Covington’s human resources policy, the City Council approved the addition of two new guidelines to the handbook.
Source: Newton Citizen

Covington begins design phase to fix drainage problems
The wet winter season isn’t helping the drainage problems in two Covington neighborhoods.
Source: Newton Citizen

City tackling big water, drainage projects
The Covington City Council took some steps Monday to tackle some major water projects around town, including replacing 100-year-old water pipes and fixing some flooding issues in city neighborhoods.
Source: Covington News

Downtown tourist package in works
Covington’s tourists will soon be getting an all-access pass to downtown.
Source: Covington News

Covington steps up code enforcement, demolishes 74 buildings in four years
Over the last four years, the city of Covington has cracked down on blighted properties and substandard structures by demolishing about 74 buildings.
Source: Newton Citizen

Meeting to address Main Street transition
Main Street Covington’s transition to the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce is complete, but some downtown business owners still have questions about how the program will work moving forward.
Source: Covington News

City unveils full plan for square
Covington took another step toward adding a gazebo to the square Tuesday, but the city also unveiled a full landscaping plan that reinvents areas of the square.
Source: Covington News

Twelve Oaks approved by council to host private events
Wedding receptions, banquets and other events at Twelve Oaks will continue to be hosted by bed and breakfast owner Nicole Greer, but with many specifications.
Source: Newton Citizen

City, state agencies eye police radar use
State and local officials are taking another look at thousands of speeding tickets issued over the last 15 years after finding that the McDonough Police Department was never technically authorized to run radar or laser speed detection equipment on some of the city’s busiest roads.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

City's CNG fueling facility is ready to go
Covington has made history, becoming the first city in Georgia to open a publicly-available compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling facility.
Source: Covington News

Covington city retreat set for Tuesday
An expansive list of items are on the table for discussion at the city of Covington’s annual retreat set for Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Newton College and Career Academy.
Source: Rockdale Citizen

Will 12 Oaks be allowed to host weddings?
The Twelve Oaks Bed and Breakfast has been hosting weddings for more than a year, but events aren’t actually allowed under its current zoning permit and its fate as a wedding destination rests in the hands of the Covington City Council.
Source: Covington News

Arborist to give TLC to trees on the Square
Master arborist and “tree doctor” Dan Bauer has some new patients to attend — the dozen or so trees on Covington’s downtown Square.
Source: Newton Citizen

Covington Planning Commission to consider Twelve Oaks permit change
The Covington Planning Commission will consider a request from Twelve Oaks Bed and Breakfast owner Nicole Greer, who seeks to remove the condition of a use permit for a “bed and breakfast only” from her property zoning.
Source: Newton Citizen

City plans to add gazebo to square
Covington officials want their iconic square park to be used even more frequently in 2014 and are planning to add some new touches.
Source: Covington News

City agrees to annex property on Ga. Highway 142
A new building could soon be the home to two national retail chains, adding to the commercial businesses located along Ga. Highway 142.
Source: Newton Citizen

City approves gazebo, benches, historical marker for the Square
In efforts to beautify the downtown park, the Covington City Council agreed during Monday’s meeting to build a gazebo, purchase park benches and allow a Civil War historical marker be installed.
Source: Newton Citizen

Main Street may finally move under chamber
Main Street Covington, the program responsible for promoting and developing downtown, could finally be moving under the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce after more than eight months of discussions.
Source: Covington News

Covington's first paid black firefighter retires
After 38 years of service, one of the Covington Fire Department’s most "honest" and "experienced" employees has retired from the department.
Source: Covington News

City hires new utilities director
Covington has hired a new utility director to run its electric and gas systems, choosing a former Georgia Power employee, Tim J. Morris.
Source: Covington News

Covington City Council approves increase in electric rates
No opposition or public comments were given when the City Council unanimously approved the increase in the city’s electric rates during Monday’s meeting.
Source: Newton Citizen

City mulls redoing its travel policy
Covington officials are considering revising the city’s employee travel policy, to give more flexibility for overnight stays for training classes and conferences, but council members disagreed on whether the change was needed now or should be studied further.
Source: Covington News

Covington City Council to select bidder for Wheat Street reconstruction
Wheat Street could soon undergo a makeover if the Covington City Council approves a bid for the work next week.
Source: Newton Citizen

Officers DeRouen and Cooper named Covington Police Department's top officers of 2013
“A servant of the public.” “Helping others.” “Help save lives and change lives.” These are just some of the ways two of Covington’s top police officers describe their jobs.
Source: Covington News

Covington City Council approves CNG truck purchase, fuel prices
The city of Covington Street Department will soon receive a new compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle.
Source: Newton Citizen

5-year-old officer Steward patrols Covington's Square
Since the day he was sworn in as the youngest Covington Police officer, Morgan Steward set his sights on keeping the city safe.
Source: Rockdale Citizen

Covington turns down free electric car charger
Covington will wait a little longer to invest in electric vehicles, as the Covington City Council voted Monday not to participate in a program from car manufacturer Nissan that would have given the city a free electric car charger.
Source: Covington News

Local transportation official takes early retirement
Transportation Project Manager Terry Savage is leaving the city of Covington after an eight-year career working on the city’s roads, sidewalks and other projects.
Source: Covington News

Covington City Council to discuss CNG pricing at Green Fueling Facility
The Covington City Council plans to take action Monday to establish the prices of compressed natural gas at the Green Fueling Facility.
Source: Rockdale Citizen

Covington's power rates are going up
Covington’s electricity customers will pay a slightly higher price for power in 2014, with an average resident , one who uses 1,131 kWh per month, expected to see his/her yearly bill increase by just under $50.
Source: Covington News

City losing transportation leaders
When Billy Skinner retired as Covington’s transportation manager earlier this year, the city planned to hand the reins to his right-hand man of eight years, Terry Savage. However, when the city offered another early retirement option, Savage decided he’d had a full career, too.
Source: Covington News

Covington City Council approves engineering firm for burn building
The Covington City Council unanimously approved Elliot, LeBoeof & McEwain engineering firm to design a live fire burn building to be used by city and county firefighters.
Source: Newton Citizen

CPD swears in 5-year-old boy as officer
The Covington Police Dept. swore in its youngest member Monday night, one so young his oath of office included the unusual caveat of having to obey his mother.
Source: Covington News

Covington City Council amends 2014 meeting schedule
The Covington City Council will meet just once during three calendar months of 2014 instead of the usual two meetings per month.
Source: Newton Citizen

Clark Street to get bike lanes, sidewalks
Covington officials are continually working on making the city more walkable, and people will soon be able to travel on paved paths — sidewalks and crosswalks — all the way from the Turner Lake Complex to Eastside High School, approximately a 4-mile trip.
Source: Covington News

Covington City Council studies changes to electric utility rates
The Covington City Council will consider changes to the city’s electric utility rates following recommendations by a consultant from Electric Cities of Georgia.
Source: Newton Citizen

Consultant: Main Street, chamber can work together
Sharlene Cannon has been walking through downtown Covington for the past three weeks, interviewing merchants, residents, chamber and government officials. She believes downtown has some big opportunities to exploit.
Source: Covington News

Covington City Council grants temporary noise exemption
Bonanza Productions, producers of “Vampire Diaries,” received permission from the Covington City Council Monday night to exceed permitted noise levels in a residential area for three days this month.
Source: Newton Citizen

Incumbent Chris Smith defeats Maurice Carter in City Council race
Covington City Councilman Chris Smith was successful Tuesday in his bid for reelection to the Post 1, East Ward seat on the Covington City Council
Source: Covington News

Covington to provide public restrooms downtown
The city’s goal of providing public restrooms in downtown will soon become a reality with a vote Monday night to purchase a building one-half block off the Square.
Source: Newton Citizen

Chamber in the black, programs moving forward
Workforce development is being pushed, tourism is being focused on filming and local history, Main Street Covington is still being evaluated and the traditional Chamber of Commerce is trying to provide value to its members.
Source: Covington News

CPD to get license plate readers
The Covington Police Department is going high tech. The CPD is purchasing four license plate readers that will let officers instantly know if a motorist has an expired tag or license or is a wanted criminal.
Source: Rockdale Citizen

City adjusts video content rates
For those residents who’ve always wanted to be local celebrities, host their own TV talk show or air episodes of the sitcom they wrote and filmed with friends, the city of Covington recently simplified its pricing structure for airing content on its public access channels.
Source: Covington News

City buys five CNG trucks
The city of Covington is making strides toward diversifying its fuel sources by purchasing five compressed natural gas trucks from Ginn Motor Company.
Source: Newton Citizen

Some Covington workers can buy better retirement
City of Covington employees participating in the city’s defined benefit plan can now purchase additional years of service to get more retirement benefits.
Source: Newton Citizen

Covington officials support Yellow River Trail
The Covington City Council gave formal support via resolution to the Yellow River Water Trail Monday night.
Source: Newton Citizen

Council addresses Stanton Springs contract
During the Oct. 14 meeting of the Madison Mayor and City Council, the council discussed a supplemental contract between the Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia and the City of Madison regarding a joint service project between Madison, Social Circle and Covington to provide natural gas for the Stanton Springs development.
Source: Morgan County Citizen