Covington City Council made a couple of appointments and approved several ordinances during a very brief meeting, Tuesday evening.
There was no city manager’s report as Allen Dressler was on vacation; Councilman Lance Carson was out sick and did not cast any votes; and there were no citizen comments.
After an invocation by Rev. Steve Noel, pastor, Good News Church, the meeting moved quickly.
Council unanimously approved the minutes from their Oct. 3rd meeting and supplemental appropriations for roof replacements for Alleghany High School and Jackson River Technical Center. These funds are related to ALL in Virginia funding.
Chris Smith, Chief, Covington Police Department took to the podium to answer any questions regarding the Emergency Operations Plan. Councilman Fred Forbes, III, questioned two shelters without power. A discussion ensued as Smith addressed the question and provided clarification.
Council also appointed Tom Sibold, mayor, as the elected official, to the Comprehensive Economic Development Committee and tabled the selection of a private sector member; tabled an appointment to fill the unexpired term of Mike Wickline; and reappointed Stephanie Clark to the Community Services Board.
In addition, Council approved a Water Distribution Grant; a Community Flood Preparedness Fund-Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation grant; a Virginia 9-1-1 services grant, giving dispatch staff a $2,500 bonus; Community Business Launch Grant-Department of Housing and Community Development Grant; a General Fund-VA 9-1-1 Grant Data Maintenance and Data Transfer; a Community Based Policing Contribution-Walmart, utilized for Shop With a Cop and National Night Out; and Department of Social Services Employee Bonuses.
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