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The Covington City Council is (front, left to right) Anthony Henderson, Fleeta Baggett, Susie Keck, Hawnethia Williams (back, left to right), mayor Steve Horton, Don Floyd, Kenneth Morgan, city manager Scott Andrews.

COVINGTON — Still smarting over the backlash she and other Covington City Council members received after the Covington Housing Authority provided $75,000 to fund a developer’s renderings of a proposed renovation of the Conyers Street Gym and Baker Field for multi-family residential without the knowledge of the city, council member Fleeta Baggett was in no mood to approve two proposed multi-million dollar tax-exempt bonds that would go through the CHA. No one from the Housing Authority attended the Nov. 15 meeting where the request was presented.

The first proposal for a resolution approving the issuance of $22 million in CHA bonds to purchase and rehabilitate the Magnolia Heights apartment complex was approved by a 4-2 vote, with Baggett and Don Floyd opposed. The second proposal for $23 million in CHA bonds to build rental homes at The Reserve at Jackson Highway was tabled until Jan. 18, 2022, with the urging that someone from the Housing Authority be at that meeting.

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I've worked in community newspapers for 30 years, including Editor of the Jackson Progress-Argus from 1993-1999. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016. Started as Senior Reporter at the Jackson Progress-Argus in December 2019.

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