Council approves annual assessments

COVINGTON — Covington Council approved seeking reimbursement on sidewalk and curb programs, as well as next year’s street light program through property taxes at their meeting Tuesday evening.

The council approved ordinances authorizing the village to send assessments to the county auditor for reimbursement. Those ordinances included the assessments for the 2017 sidewalk and curb programs at a total amount of $15,986.78, the 2017 property maintenance program for a total amount of $500, and the 2018 street light program for a total amount of $45,000.

The assessment for the street light program remains the same as last year. The cost of the assessments will be put onto the property taxes of the property owners responsible for them.

The council approved waiving the three-reading rule for each of those ordinances in order to get the assessments files with the auditor’s office before the Sept. 11 deadline.

The council also held the first reading of a resolution to enter into a federal Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) let project agreement with ODOT. This is for the High Street reconstruction project.

The council also voted to accept the rates of tax as determined by the Miami County Budget Commission for 2017.

During his report, Village Administrator Mike Busse gave an update on a number of village projects. Busse said that said that the water service at 715 N. Pearl St. was repaired and the leak there had been caused by the copper line being back-filled with limestone. The limestone corroded the pipe and caused holes to appear in the water service line, Busse said.

Over at the community park, the village removed a cottonwood stump and repaired the fence. The new fence boards were also painted.

Renovations at the sewer plant are also expected to begin later this week. Compaction, rebar, and concrete inspections for the project are expected to cost between $10,000-15,000.

The village is continuing to work on grass seeding for the sidewalk project as weather permits, Busse said.

The village will also need to purchase a new dump truck next year. Busse explained that the motor in the 1992 Ford dump truck that was used primarily by the street department as a yard waste cleanup truck failed. The village will budget for the expenditure in the 2018 budget.

By Sam Wildow

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