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June 3, 2014

Covington council reviews historical signs

COVINGTON, Ind. — City council members viewed two new signs Monday that will be posted close to where the Wabash and Erie Canal Lock No. 36 was located in Covington.

Carol Freese and Terry Bodine with the Indiana Canal Society presented the signs. The signs will be on the west end of Washington Street next to where the county park signs are located. One sign states the lock site, but the other sign gives a history and description of the lock with diagrams and pictures.

The Covington lock was unique in that it had a 10-foot elevation change. Work on the Wabash and Erie Canal began in 1827 and by 1874 the canal was abandoned and the Covington section was filled in. Many residents have no idea that at one time there was a busy canal that came through town.

“The importance of the canal coming through Covington is unbelievable,” Bodine said.

The Canal Society paid for two-thirds of the signs' cost and the Covington Business Association paid for the remaining third.  Freese said they hope the new signs will be posted by the end of the summer.

In other business, city council members:

• Approved a request from Ashley Dunham to barricade off Seventh Street from Washington Street to Liberty Street for a block party 6 p.m.-midnit on June 13.

• Approved a request from Leslie Chilcote to barricade Washington Street from Third Street to the alley by Centre Bank for a street dance in front of the Northside Pub on July 12. The street dance and a ladies golf outing at Rivercrest Golf Course played earlier the same day are scholarship fundraisers.

• Heard from electric superintendent Clint Karushis that $1,700 of electrical equipment was stolen from the city’s land near the water treatment plant. The equipment was mostly light pole structures, arms, and a large aluminum base. Karushis suspects the equipment was taken by scrappers. Local metal recycling facilities have been contacted to be on the lookout for the equipment.

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