COVINGTON -- If you like pancakes, you're in luck.
The Covington City Council recently approved the subdivision of a lot on the corner of Industrial Boulevard and Ga. Highway 142, near the Super Walmart, for construction of an International House of Pancakes and a Sprint store.
Planning Director Randy Vinson said IHOP is looking to break ground immediately.
Craig Hoffman, spokesman for IHOP, said the restaurant is tentatively scheduled to open May 3. The restaurant will be 4,500 square feet, he said.
"We have had the desire to be a part of the community for quite some time. Clearly we believe there is a market there," Hoffman said.
In other news, the council converted a part-time position at Covington Municipal Airport to full-time. The airport has had two full-time and two part-time workers, with one of the part-time workers also working in the city's Street Department, said City Manager Steve Horton.
Horton said three full-time employees are needed at the airport. The salary for a full-time employee is $27,570, and with benefits included that increases to nearly $59,000. Horton said the new full-time employee has indicated he does not intend to have insurance through the city, but those costs are always budgeted just in case. No one will be losing a job as the result of the change, he said. The employee is presently a firefighter who Horton said will keep that certification up to date, as those skills could be needed in the future at the airport.