Por­terdale talks grand open­ings

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

The Por­terdale City Coun­cil out­lined its 2014 plans Satur­day as the mayor and her coun­cil mem­bers met for the city’s an­nual re­treat.

Mayor Ar­line Chap­man, City Man­ager Bob Thomp­son and coun­cil mem­bers Low­ell Cham­bers, Mike Harper, Tim Sav­age, Linda Vingers and Anita Rainey gath­ered with oth­ers to re­view the com­pre­hen­sive plan first made in 2011 and to dis­cuss goals and ob­jec­tives of short-term plan­ning.

Among the projects dis­cussed was a $1.2 mil­lion sewer re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion project com­ing later in the year, and tags that will go in place to alert cit­i­zens.

An­other big project on the hori­zon is a kayak launch, in the spring. A grand open­ing is in the works for the launch, as well for the his­toric gym.

Thomp­son said the city is also look­ing into putting in a pol­icy on new sub­di­vi­sions to main­tain con­sis­tency with the his­toric fab­ric of Por­terdale. For those new home­own­ers, Por­terdale is of­fer­ing an in­cen­tive: let­ting buy­ers use the city’s build­ing in­spec­tor for their own in­spec­tions. Home­own­ers, who can show proof of clos­ing, can save an es­ti­mated $400 or $500 on this ser­vice.

Thomp­son said five or six houses have sold in Por­terdale in the past six weeks.

Among other busi­ness dis­cussed at the re­treat was a black par­tic­u­late be­lieved to be com­ing from a plant and fall­ing onto res­i­dents’ yards. The plant’s man­ager told the coun­cil the black par­tic­u­late might be from the plant’s chim­neys, which are in the process of be­ing cleaned out.

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