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Posted: June 6, 2011 3:30 p.m.

Covington council meets at 6:30 p.m.

The Covington City Council will hold a work session at 5:30 tonight that will lead into a council meeting at 6:30 p.m.

As old business, the council will have a final reading of an ordinance relating to signs.

According to a draft of the sign ordinance revisions, signs "create visual clutter and therefore should be regulated in their size, location, construction and illumination." Furthermore, "signs can also be a hazard and negatively impact traffic safety by distracting drivers...."

Items found on the new business agenda are as follows: an update on economic development from the Covington-Newton Chamber, discussions of ordinances regarding junk cars and motor vehicle sales and a discussion of setting fees for pawnshops and precious metal dealers.

The proposed resolution for pawnshop and precious metal dealers is a $35 fee as a prerequisite to issuance of a business permit.

Additionally as new business will be: The Geiger Street waterline project, for which the city will have to contribute $110,000 to match the Community Development Block Grant's $443,000 contribution; a discussion of the closure of Georgia Highway 36 for the July 3 Concert in the Park and Fireworks festivities; and a discussion of an advance of funds to the Covington-Newton Chamber of Commerce.

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