Nearly of­fi­cial

Yel­low River to be es­tab­lished as of­fi­cial wa­ter trail

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - KAYLA ROBINS krobins@cov­news.com

Kayak­ers and Por­terdale res­i­dents alike should soon be able to call the river run­ning through their town an of­fi­cial wa­ter trail.

Once pa­per­work is com­pleted, Yel­low River will be­come an es­tab­lished wa­ter trail as des­ig­nated by the Ge­or­gia River Net­work.

Yel­low River Wa­ter Trail ( YRWT) was in the de­vel­op­ing stage for two years, ac­cord­ing to Gwyneth Moody, com­mu­nity pro­grams co­or­di­na­tor for Ge­or­gia River Net­work. She said there are 13 es­tab­lished Ge­or­gia wa­ter trails and eight that are still de­vel­op­ing.

With the kayak launch open and in use, YRWT met all the cri­te­ria to be an es­tab­lished trail and be listed on the Wa­ter Trails Clear­ing­house, a cen­tral lo­ca­tion for in­for­ma­tion about ex­ist­ing wa­ter trails in the state. An es­tab­lished trail must also be spon­sored and main­tained by a lo­cal en­tity, be a source of con­ser­va­tion and have an ed­u­ca­tional com­po­nent.

Es­tab­lished wa­ter trails are no­ticed more by res­i­dents and tourists, Moody said.

“Por­terdale has been an in­te­gral part of this by de­vel­op­ing the city on the wa­ter front,” Moody said.

No adult day care

A pro­posed adult day care cen­ter will no longer be in the works af­ter a con­di­tional use per­mit was de­nied by the Por­terdale City Coun­cil Mon­day. The proper- ty, lo­cated at 10 Kenzi Way, sits in a sin­gle-fam­ily res­i­den­tial district.

The Plan­ning and Zon­ing Com­mis­sion also unan­i­mously de­nied the per­mit, rea­son­ing “this would not pre­serve the in­tegrity of the ex­ist­ing res­i­den­tial neigh­bor­hood. This is not con­sis­tent with our cur­rent zon­ing or­di­nance and it not an ideal fit for the lon­grange plans for re­vi­tal­iz­ing the Vil­lage as laid out in our Com­pre­hen­sive Plan.”

His­tory meets cof­fee

Tracey Hughes was ap­pointed to the His­toric Preser­va­tion Com­mis­sion as its new­est mem­ber. Hughes, whose hus­band owns Ar­gyle’s cof­fee in down­town Por­terdale, has a Mas­ter’s de­gree in in­for­ma­tion sci­ence and works with The Ge­or­gia Ar­chives.

Ox­ford

Ox­ford’s Moore Street is be­gin­ning to look like new again.

Con­struc­tion to resur­face Moore Street was com­pleted Wed­nes­day, July 2 as the first phase in a joint agree­ment be­tween the City of Ox­ford and New­ton County to ad­dress the con­di­tion of cer­tain road­ways in Ox­ford.

Now that the street is fin­ished, a pro­posed side­walk is the next step. The Ox­ford City Coun­cil ap­proved a pur­chase or­der of up to $200,000 to in­stall a wa­ter line un­der the ground where the side­walk would sit. Ox­ford Col­lege re­quested the or­der be­cause part of the pro­posed side­walk is in the city’s right of way, lo­cated by the school’s ten­nis courts.

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