The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

May 20, 2013

Covington discusses historic district


COVINGTON, Ind. — City council members heard Monday from Nancy Wagner with Fountain County Landmarks that her group is working to get a Covington residential historic district and Covington downtown courthouse historic district.

Tommy Kleckner, director of the Western Regional Office of Indiana Landmarks said that the National Registry of historic landmarks was started in 1966. Tax credits are available to property owners in both residential and commercial historical districts.

The Fountain County Courthouse, Covington Library and Carolyn Warner Freese’s home are already in the National Registry. Wagner said it costs $7,500 to make nominations for historic districts, but through the Indiana Landmarks financial incentive program and some fundraising, the cost should be $1,500 to $1,800.

Kleckner added there is no downside to getting on the historic registry, unless the city wanted to tear down a building in the historical district.

Wagner said Fountain County Landmarks will conduct meetings on June 11 and June 15 to meet with property owners in both potential historical districts.

In other business, city council members:

Electric rates have not been increased since 1978 and water and sewer rates were last increased in 2007. Smith said the average cable bill in Covington is three times higher than a Covington water and sewer bill.

Council members will review the comparisons and consider a rate increase ordinance at the next city council meeting on June 3, 2013.

Crain feels confident in the city’s repairs to the pool and believes the leak issue has been solved as long as the leak is not in the pool’s plumbing underneath the pool. Crain added that the city’s repair cost $300 in materials and “the guys worked hard on it for three to four days.” The pool should be on schedule to open to public this weekend.