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College Ave. moves up in water main project
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Water pressure issues along College Avenue have caused the Covington City Council to move the area ahead of schedule in the city’s water main replacement project.

Originally slated for phase two of the project, to begin in September, College Avenue has now been moved up to the first phase. The council voted, Monday, to have a $175,715.10 change order for funding from phase 2 to phase 1.

The shift in funds increases phase 1’s overall spending form $2.6 million to roughly $2.8 million, according to City Manager Leigh Ann Knight.

“Due to the water pressure issue, we want to do it as soon as possible,” Knight said. If we wait to phase 2, it probably will be September until it’s up and running.”

Covington to keep elections at city hall

The city of Covington agreed to have an intergovernmental agreement with the Newton County Board of Commissioners concerning elections for city elections. However, Covington council members did not vote to move elections to the county’s administration building. Elections will remain at Covington’s city hall.