New garbage truck, K-9 ve­hi­cle com­ing

The Covington News - - THE SECOND FRONT - BRYAN FAZIO bfazio@cov­news.com

Por­terdale will add two new ve­hi­cles to its fleet and pos­si­bly a few busi­nesses to its streets.

The city held its monthly work ses­sion Thurs­day and passed a res­o­lu­tion for a Ge­or­gia Mu­nic­i­pal As­so­ci­a­tion lease on a garbage truck and the pur­chase of a new K-9 ve­hi­cle.

Por­terdale agreed to lease a 2005 In­ter­na­tional 4,000 garbage truck from the city of Ox­ford for $19,250. The for­mer Ox­ford truck will join Por­terdale’s cur­rent truck, a 1997 ve­hi­cle, which will serve as a backup to the newer model.

Ush­er­ing Por­terdale’s K-9 unit through­out the city will be a brand new, 2014 Chevro­let Ta­hoe, which was pur­chased for $26,990 from Allen J. Chevro­let of Florida.

Also dur­ing the work ses­sion, Teri Haler of Main Street Por­terdale up­dated the city coun­cil on busi­nesses look­ing into com­mer­cial prop­er­ties. Among them are three eater­ies and one re­tail store.

A brew pub and ar­ti­san pizza restau­rant looked at three sites, Haler said. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from a shoe store with re­cre­ational shoes and ac­ces­sories, in­clud­ing those for the wa­ter, were shown around, she said, as were those from a soul/South­ern food es­tab­lish­ment.

The coun­cil also dis­cussed what it would do if a sex-ori­ented busi­ness wanted to move to Por­terdale. At the be­hest of the city’s at­tor­ney, Por­terdale has been look­ing into pin­point­ing zon­ing ar­eas for such busi­nesses. No sex-ori­ented busi­nesses have shown in­ter­est in lo­cat­ing within the city, of­fi­cials said.

Another or­di­nance, of a less con­tro­ver­sial na­ture, was brought in front of the coun­cil re­gard­ing spe­cial events. Por­terdale adopted a spe­cial-events or­di­nance such as the city of Madi­son’s.

The or­di­nance states that a spe­cial event is usu­ally spon­sored by the Cham­ber of Com­merce, Hu­mane So­ci­ety or other sim­i­lar or­ga­ni­za­tion. Spe­cial events are usu­ally tick­eted and closed to the pub­lic, and guests typ­i­cally pay for drinks at such events.

The or­di­nance goes on to make a per­mit nec­es­sary for cater­ing, at the be­gin­ning of the year, to any restau­rant wish­ing to take beer/wine off-premises at a flat fee of $250 per year. A cater­ing li­cense isn’t re­quired for a wed­ding, which typ­i­cally of­fers drinks in an “open-bar” setup, with no cash ex­changed.

Por­terdale also took the time to re­view a pre­sen­ta­tion from Kristi Korn­gold on sig­nage and beau­ti­fi­ca­tion of the city, in­clud­ing ar­eas around the his­toric gym. Some of her ideas will be put to use in Por­terdale go­ing for­ward.

The city tabled a few items for its Feb. 11 work ses­sion, in­clud­ing dis­cus­sion of fu­ture elected of­fi­cials’ com­pen­sa­tion.

Por­terdale of­fi­cials, work­ing on a part-time ba­sis for the city with a pop­u­la­tion of 1,442, cur­rently make $500 a year, and the mayor is paid $1,200. Ac­cord­ing to the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Com­mu­nity Af­fairs, among the five towns rang­ing be­tween pop­u­la­tions of 1,500 and 3,150 and re­ported on dca.state. ga.us, elected of­fi­cials make an av­er­age of $3,468.40 an­nu­ally. The low­est paid com­mis­sion­ers were those of Cal­houn, mak­ing $1,500 a year.

Also moved to the Fe­bru­ary meet­ing was a dis­cus­sion about im­prov­ing the ap­pear­ance of va­cant houses. Por­terdale is cur­rently look­ing into chang­ing the ap­pear­ance of boards on va­cant build­ings.

Por­terdale held its city re­treat Satur­day.

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