The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

November 6, 2012

Covington hopes to decorate city with American flags

BY ROSE SCHMITT
Commercial-News

COVINGTON, Ind. — City council members received a prototype Monday of a possible bracket that could be used to hold flags on the city’s light poles along U.S. Route 136 and on the downtown square.

Councilman Jeff Coffing said the bracket was created by J.B. Conrad, a metal fabricator from Kingman, Ind. The bracket fits securely to the light pole and not rub off paint. Conrad will charge the city $35.50 for each bracket with orders of 25 or more and $44.37 for individual brackets or brackets ordered one a time.

Council members were unsure of the exact number of poles and how many brackets would be needed. Coffing said Conrad counted 87 poles. Members agreed they want to put flags on the light poles, but besides the brackets the city also would have to purchase flags and flag poles.

Council members will find out what kind of assistance the city can expect from the community and businesses to help purchases brackets, poles, and flags.

In other business, town council members:

Heard from Brian Dowers representing Leicester Properties that the Fountain Trust would like to build a records storage building on the southwest corner of Second and Crockett Streets. The building would be constructed where two houses now sit. The building would be 60-feet by 90-feet and would have a brick exterior. The Covington Zoning Board already approved the property variance. Council members approved the variance in a 5-0 motion. Dowers said that construction should begin in the spring.

Heard from police chief Larry Weber that the police department made it through Halloween with no big issues. Weber said the department’s annual coat drive also had begun, with coats being collected at the city building. The police will also be collecting food for the food pantry this year as well. Weber said that his department will next be preparing for the shop with a cop program.

Heard from fire chief Joe Whitaker that Covington emergency medical technicians Roger Holmes and Noah Townsend were deployed to New Jersey last week to help assist with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Whitaker said both EMTs were busy all five days they were in Atlantic City and the surrounding area in New Jersey.

Heard from street superintendent Rick Smith that he would like the council to consider charging residents who call city workers out after hours to fix something on their property. Usually the fixes are in regard to flushing a sewer line. Richard Rennick, the city’s attorney, recommended creating an ordinance with a standard charge for fixes that are not the city’s responsibility. Mayor Crain asked Rennick to draft such an ordinance.