Covington Mayor urges all eligible to get vaccinated – two clinics open over weekend
By Ryan Clark
Two and a half million people. Right now, that’s the goal.
In the state of Kentucky, which has just under four and a half million people, Gov. Andy Beshear said many restrictions could end if the state hits 2.5 million vaccines.
Mayor Joseph U. Meyer delivered this message to residents on Tuesday evening at the end of the Commissioners Caucus meeting held at 20 W. Pike St.
Meyer’s goal: to encourage more people to get vaccinated.
“For anyone who has been fortunate enough to be vaccinated, this is totally and completely a relief,” said Meyer. “This is a sign that the end of it all may be in sight.”
As of now, the state has fully immunized just under 1.5 million people, according to most statistics. But, Meyer said, Beshear predicted the state could reach 2.5 million fully vaccinated people by the end of May.
“Help us reach two and a half million in Kentucky,” Meyer said.
Two vaccination sites will be open this weekend, Saturday. April 24, administration of the Moderna vaccine:
Ninth Street Baptist Church in Eastside (To make an appointment, people should call 859-431-1388. They will need to bring photo ID on the day of the photo shoot.)
Esperanza Latino Center on Pike Street (call 859-261-0862 to make an appointment, or stop by the center at 234 W. Pike St. Office hours are 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday .)
TIF funds proposed for the old IRS site
Commissioners heard a proposed order accepting the recommendations of the Covington Economic Development Authority Board to use FIT funds for planned expenses related to the redevelopment of the former IRS site in the amount of of $ 1,641,000 for fiscal year 2021 and debt service payments of $ 875,000 per year for fiscal years 2022 to 2025.
The $ 1.641 million breaks down as follows:
State Incremental Finance District $ 131,000
Lease debt service $ 360,000
IRS Contingency Reserve $ 150,000
IRS site infrastructure costs 1,000,000 USD
In addition, the debt service costs (principal and interest) of the IRS bonds of $ 30,000,000 will be approximately $ 875,000 per year between fiscal years 2022 and 2025.
Commissioners put the proposal on next week’s legislative approval agenda.
Digital Visions Security Technologies
Chief Robert Nader has asked the Commission to accept an offer from Digital Visions Security Technologies to design and build a camera system to be installed along the Ohio River. (A call for tenders was sent out in October 2020).
Grant funds through the Department of Homeland Security were secured to help cover the cost of the project, which would be $ 179,187.
Eighteen cameras (some 180 degrees) will be installed, starting around the mouth of the Licking River and extending to the Brent Spence Bridge. They will feed a server, which can be monitored live by the Cincinnati Live Crime Center.
Commissioners put the request on the consent agenda for next week.
CBDG Loans for 809-811 Madison Ave.
Commissioners have heard the demand for $ 40,000 in CBDG loans for D&M Company LLC, for upstairs residential drug rehab for two rental units at 809-11 Madison Ave.
The project is in the final phase – 13 units have already been completed or are nearing completion. D&M Company receives $ 20,000 per unit for two new rental units.
Commissioners have put the request on the regular agenda for next week.
Commissioners heard a proposal to purchase a new stump grinder through Bobcat Enterprise, which is the local Bandit dealer.