Friday, November 12, 1999

Covington taking bids for stable

Barn to house 4 police horses

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — Construction should begin soon on a stable to house four horses for the Covington Police Department.

        Contractors have submitted bids for the pole barn, to sit behind police headquarters at 20th Street and Madison Avenue. City commissioners will discuss them Tuesday and are expected to choose one then, said Lt. Col. Bill Dorsey, department spokesman.

        The horses are owned by Sgt. Tom Epperson, who leases them to the city. The department uses them sometimes for events and special details, such as patrolling during the summer in Devou Park. Until now, they have been kept by Sgt. Epperson at his home and have been hauled to the city each time they're used.

        “This way, they'll be more readily available for when we want to use them,” Lt. Col. Dorsey said.

        Cost of the construction is expected to be about $30,000. The building will be paid for with money seized in drug cases.

        Officials tried to find a location in the city for the stable. They had trouble, Lt. Col. Dorsey said, finding a spot where neighbors wouldn't complain about living near horses. The site behind headquarters is good, he said, because no one lives nearby.

        It will also be built with space for a dog kennel in case the department decides in the future to house its canines on-site, too.

        Four Covington officers are certified mounted-patrol riders.


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