City Council denies Twelve Oaks bride's road closure request

COVINGTON — The spring season will bring special events to Covington, and citizens can expect to see a busy Square park and some road closures in the upcoming weeks. The City Council received four requests for downtown permits and temporary road closures.

The council approved a permit request for the Southern Cruisers Riding Club event, which will be held on the Square on Sunday. The event will block off entrances to the Square starting at 7 a.m. and will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Southern Cruisers Riding Club event is open to the public and will offer food, craft and motorcycle apparel vendors as well as live bands, motorcycle games and raffles.

Another road closure the council approved at Monday’s meet is for the Covington YMCA Cheerios Challenge. The organizers requested to shut down part of Newton Drive on Friday, April 18 in order to set up for the races.

The Easter service hosted by the First Baptist Church of Covington will also be held on the Square, causing a few expected delays moving cars around the city. The City Council approved the downtown permit unanimously.

One road closure was denied due to it being a private event. One bride who plans to get married at Twelve Oaks on May 3 requested Monticello Street between Pennington and Conyers streets to be closed for an hour and 15 minutes.

While the City Council allowed private events to be held at the bed and breakfast, the approval came with a long list of conditions including no road closures allowed, which would take effect in 2015.

Council woman Hawnethia Williams asked City Manager Leigh Anne Knight to remind the council of those specifications at Monday’s meeting.

Knight said while the conditions don’t apply to wedding contracts this year, the council still has the authority to approve or deny any road closures. The Monticello Street road closure was denied unanimously.

Williams asked Councilman Chris Smith to clarify for those in attendance why the other event road closures were approved and Smith said it was because they were open to the public.