Busse to resign in Covington

COVINGTON — Covington Village Council voted on Monday to accept the resignation of village administrator Mike Busse.

After eight years with the village, Busse’s last official day in his current role will be Friday, Sept. 11, 2020.

“I’d just like to say how much I appreciate the work and the dedication you’ve given to the village over these past eight years,” Mayor Ed McCord said. “I want to wish you the best of luck on your new endeavours.”

In other business, the council:

• Held a second reading of a resolution authorizing the village administrator to sell the property at 110 N. Pearl St. to the Newberry Theatre Preservation Foundation, an Ohio not-for-profit. This property is part of the Covington Downtown Redevelopment District and will be re-platted as part of the NTPF project property.

• Waived the three-reading rule and approved a resolution to levy special assessment for the purpose of paying for the cost of lighting the streets in the village for the year 2021. This resolution is passed annually.

• Waived the three-reading rule and approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to prepare and submit an application to participate in the OPWC capital improvement and/or local transportation improvement program(s) and execute contracts as required. This is for the High Street Improvement Project.

• Voted to accept the rates of tax as determined by the Miami County Budget Commission for the year 2020.

• Voted to approve the pay request from Miami Valley Lighting for the 2020 street light upgrade project in the amount of $17,780.

• Heard from administrator Busse regarding ongoing projects within the village, including the water filter media replacement project, which Busse said is already resulting in an increase in water quality.