Por­terdale to in­stall re­strooms in Yel­low River Park this sum­mer

The Covington News - - LOCAL - SAN­DRA BRANDS news@cov­news.com

Kayak­ers, hik­ers and pic­nick­ers will be re­lieved to learn that the City of Por­terdale will move for­ward with in­stalling por­ta­ble toi­lets in Yel­low River Park this sum­mer.

At the city’s work ses­sion April 23, coun­cil mem­bers ap­proved the in­stal­la­tion of the fa­cil­i­ties, one hand­i­capped ac­ces­si­ble, in the park near the kayak launch, at a cost of ap­prox­i­mately $800 for the four months.

“We need to get some­thing in place, and once we can get the ba­sics there, we can work our way up to a more so­phis­ti­cated so­lu­tion,” said Mayor Ar­lene Chap­man.

The por­ta­ble toi­lets will be pro­vided while the city works on build­ing more per­ma­nent fa­cil­i­ties, most likely in a ren­o­vated rail car on site.

The cost for the ren­o­va­tion is es­ti­mated to be be­tween $12,000 and $24,000, and city of­fi­cials will in­ves­ti­gate whether or not they can use some of the grant money they re­ceived for the kayak launch and recre­ational trails in Yel­low River Park.

An or­di­nance ban­ning smok­ing in city-owned parks will be voted on at the May 4th coun­cil meet­ing. The ban would bring the city’s poli­cies in line with New­ton County’s Recre­ation De­part­ments anti-tobacco poli­cies adopted by neigh­bor­ing coun­ties.

The ban had been dis­cussed at pre­vi­ous meet­ings, but the fi­nal vote has not been held.

How­ever, some coun­cil mem­bers ex­pressed con­cern that such a ban would have an eco­nomic im­pact on The So­cial House Restau­rant, Ar­gyll Cof­fee House and other restau­rants in the area. The coun­cil opted to put the orig­i­nal or­di­nance on next month’s agenda, and would de­cide what to do about smok­ing in other ar­eas of the city at a later date.

A spe­cial called meet­ing of the coun­cil fol­lowed the closing of the work ses­sion. The coun­cil went into ex­ec­u­tive ses­sion to dis­cuss per­son­nel mat­ters.

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