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The City of Covington's Public Works Department is making an effort to focus on drainage issues, according to director Robert Martin Simpson. 

At a committee meeting Tuesday afternoon, Simpson notified city leaders a city-wide plan needs to be developed for dealing with the many problems that exist. 

A home on Pinecrest Street is a "classic" example, he said. Sandpiper and Bluebird coves are another problem area.

"Water stands for a good, long time there after it rains, and we do all of the regular stuff (to clear it). There are a lot of homes just like this, and these are just a few examples of the stuff we run into." 

The city will soon propose its budget for the upcoming fiscal year and Simpson requested additional funds to begin correcting the problem. 

"To do it right, we'll have to take out the trees and bushes, then you have the people with fences right up on the property line," he said. "Of course, we'll work on her problems, but there's a lot more just like it." 

Simpson said fixing the number of drainage issues in Covington will be a time-consuming and expensive job.

"We at least need to have a plan," Simpson told the board. "We get lots and lots of calls on drainage." 

Simpson said there is currently no schedule for needed repairs, that the department has been "basically reactive" instead of proactive. 

Mayor David Gordon said they'd try to put more money in the budget and issues would have to be prioritized for maximum impact. 

"We've been kicking this can down the road and I'm inclined to suggest we pursue (repairs)," said committee chairman Tommy Black.

Gordon said there's a possibility in fixing one drainage problem that they could cause another problem for someone else. 

"We gotta go through the whole city and make repairs," Black said, "and we've done all I can think of to raise money. We don't have adequate funds to dedicate to drainage problems and we can't do an adequate job because we don't have the money."

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