Progress in Por­terdale

The Covington News - - OPINION -

Por­terdale ap­pears to be turn­ing a cor­ner. In past years, Por­terdale was known as the county’s laugh­ing­stock for its dys­func­tional coun­cil and poor man­age­ment. How­ever, most of the re­cent news re­gard­ing Por­terdale ap­pears to be pos­i­tive.

The lead­er­ship of Mayor Ar­line Chap­man and City Man­ager Bob Thom­son has im­proved the city’s stand­ing, and we’re just as likely to hear about a new plan to im­prove down­town as we are a dis­pute over di­lap­i­dated hous­ing.

Of­fi­cials have made a con­certed ef­fort to clean up the city and re-es­tab­lish it as a quaint, charm­ing bou­tique-style town that will at­tract tourists and spend­ing.

A sign is set to be erected at the Al­mon Road exit di­rect­ing prospec­tive tourists to the Por­terdale His­toric Dis­trict. That’s smart plan­ning.

An­other sym­bol of Por­terdale’s new lead­er­ship will help its res­i­dents; the City Coun­cil is get­ting ready to ac­tu­ally vote on a mil­lage rate – also known as the prop­erty tax rate – de­crease. How re­fresh­ing is that?

Yes, the re­duc­tion will be min­i­mal, but its sym­bol­ism is im­por­tant.

We en­cour­age Por­terdale’s lead­ers to con­tinue to fa­cil­i­tate progress and its cit­i­zens to jump on board and join the ef­fort to en­sure that Por­terdale de­vel­ops into one of the county’s bright­est gems.

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