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Covington City Council amends 2014 meeting schedule

COVINGTON — The Covington City Council will meet just once during three calendar months of 2014 instead of the usual two meetings per month.

The change was approved after Councilwoman Janet Goodman initially proposed that the council meet just once in four calendar months next year — January, February, September and December. Goodman said holidays interfere with the council’s meeting schedule in January, February and September. The council meets on the first and third Mondays of each month. Goodman also said schedules are typically overloaded during the busy holiday month of December.

Councilman Chris Smith offered the alternative of holding one meeting in January and December but keeping to the two-meeting schedule the remaining 10 months of the year.

After some discussion, the council opted for holding one meeting in each month of January, September and December. The meetings will be held Jan. 6, Sept. 15 and Dec. 15.

In other action, Mayor Ronnie Johnston announced that he will appoint a new city representative to the Newton County Recreation Commission at the next council meeting. The new appointee will replace Hugh Burnett, who Johnston said is stepping down.

The council also approved licenses for on-premises consumption of alcoholic beverages for: El Charro, No. 1 at 3165 Elm St.; El Charro No. 5 at 9148 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive; Just Dogs at 5151 U.S. Highway 278; and Mama Maria’s Italian Grill at 10205 Access Road.

Alcohol licenses for off-premises consumption were approved for: BP Food at 8145 Washington St.; DJ’s Package Store at 3148 U.S. Highway 278; Express Food Mart at 6229 Turner Lake Road; Hester’s Package at 5148 Washington St.; Pure Food Mart at 4120 Washington St.; and Shell Food Mart at 8109 Washington St.