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City to wait on update to airport approach
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The Covington City Council approved a recommendation by the city's Airport Committee to wait on an upgrade to the Covington Municipal Airport's runway approach at their Monday night meeting.

The council decided to wait in upgrading the approach when they learned that an improved approach to the airport's current Random Area Navigation approach, which relies on satellite or GPS navigation, would be possible if they agreed to wait an additional two months.

The airport approach will now be upgraded to a Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance approach, which is an improvement to the former RNAV approach. The LPV approach is expected to be in operation at the end of September, according to a memo on the matter from Covington City Manager Steve Horton

The city council voted in favor of creating a mayor pro-tem elect position. The mayor pro-tem elect would serve as acting mayor in the event that the mayor and mayor pro-tem are incapacitated or unavailable to serve. Councilman Mike Whatley is currently serving as mayor pro-tem.

The mayor pro-tem position is traditionally rotated between council members from the East and West Wards.

 The council discussed choosing the mayor pro-tem elect from the next council member in rotation to be mayor pro-tem with the intent that council members would serve as mayor pro-tem Elect in the year before they serve as mayor pro-tem.

The council also approved a final reading of an amendment to the city's zoning ordinance. The new amendment spells out the procedures which are to take place when a zoning amendment is proposed by the mayor and council. Now proposed amendments shall be scheduled for public hearings, first before the Covington Planning Commission and then before the city council before they are adopted.