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Posted: December 6, 2012 9:28 p.m.

Committee discusses filming policy

The Covington Filming Committee met again on Monday morning and discussed a possible policy that will be established for filming in the city of Covington.

Mayor Ronnie Johnston and committee members Willie Davis, the city's human resources department training manager; columnist Barbara Morgan; John Howard, chairman of the Covington Municipal Airport Authority; Irene Smith local TV show host; Teresa Waters with the "About Covington to Madison" magazine; and Susan Kirk, owner of Scoops, attended the meeting.

The committee continued to discuss filming issues; however, at this meeting a draft of a proposed policy for filming in Covington was presented. The Film Procedures Policy included how much citizen's and business owners would be compensated if filming impacted them. The draft of the policy had two sections, one for Downtown Film Activities with Intermittent Traffic Controls and Residential Film Impacts.

According to the Downtown Film Activities with Intermittent Traffic Controls section of the draft, typical activities shall include downtown activities where the on-street parking directly in front or adjacent to businesses is not completely eliminated due to the activities being conducted by the film crews.

The policy states that if 50 percent of the on-street parking immediately in front of or adjacent to a downtown business is eliminated as a result of the activities of the film crew, the impacted business will be compensated an amount of money, which was not yet determined by the committee, for each day that the impact remains.

It also stated that if 100 percent of the on-street parking immediately in front of or adjacent to a downtown business is eliminated as a result of the activities of the film crew, the impacted business shall be compensated an amount of money, also undetermined by the committee, for each day that the impact remains.

Under the Residential Film Impacts portion of the policy, typical film days shall be conducted between the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. If no traffic restrictions exist for the residents within 200 linear feet of the film location, compensation per resident is required.

The policy also says if filming or wrap up is to extend beyond 11 p.m. on a week night, those days being Sunday through Thursday, compensation for each resident within 200 linear feet of the actual film location shall be compensated for each day of film activity, excluding exceptional activities.

The policy further states that if traffic restrictions exist - such as road closures, intermittent traffic control and etc. - all impacted residents will be compensated for their inconvenience.

Howard, chairman of the committee, said a final draft of the policy would be presented at the December 14 meeting.

The next scheduled filming committee meeting is December 10 at 10 a.m.

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