Covington will honor retired employees, officials

COVINGTON -- The City Council has agreed to recognize the service of retired city workers and elected officials.

The council gave approval Monday to criteria for allowing inscribed stones around the existing walkways on the Square bearing the names and dates of service of mayors and city council members serving one term, or four years, or more. Elected officials who die during the first term in office would also be eligible. Officials can not have a paver inscribed until after they have completed their service to the city.

The last non-elected official to receive a paver on the Square will be City Manager Steve Horton, based on the wishes of a subcommittee that set criteria, which included council members Chris Smith and Janet Goodman. The city manager will have discretion as to the location of the pavers, but the elected official may request a specific location. The pavers will not be located on the same rows as the planned "Walk of Fame," listing movie stars and movies/television series filmed in Covington.

Also, the council agreed to install a monument in recognition of retired employees who have served 25 years or more in front of City Hall. The monument will be a three-sided triangle with names of public safety and public service employees as well as retired elected officials. The 25-year rule would not apply to elected officials. Elected officials who have served after 1994, the year the current City Hall was opened, will be eligible. Any city employees who died while on the job will also be given special recognition.

In related news, the city is honoring the service of William A. Mote, who died while performing his duties with the city's Electric Department in January 1973. Mote came to work for the city in 1946. He was out on foot checking for downed lines during an ice storm in 1973 when he was struck and killed by a car.

The city will name the portion of Newton Drive between Floyd and Mill streets, where Mote was killed, "William A. Mote Memorial Drive." A sign will be posted.

"It was tragic for the family and tragic for the organization, because we're a family I guess," said Horton. "The only regret I have is that it was in 1973 and this is 2012, a long time after the fact. He gave his life doing what he had to do to get power back on for people who needed it."

Mote's son, Billy Mote, requested that the city honor his father. He attended Monday's council meeting with his daughter and granddaughter.