The City of Porterdale has a historic past tied to its mill, plants and mill homes.
The Porterdale City Council outlined its 2014 plans Saturday as the mayor and her council members met for the city's annual retreat.
Porterdale will add two new vehicles to its fleet and possibly a few businesses to its streets.
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As people drive through the small city of Porterdale to get to and from the city of Covington and to their homes and businesses within the county, they may not realize that the city - which was one of several booming mill towns in Georgia for much of the early 1900's - is home to the historic black community of Rosehill.
Porterdale will soon become the fourth city in the state to become a Drug Free Commercial Zone after the city council passed a Drug Free Commercial Zone ordinance at its Dec. 3 council meeting.
A number of homes and buildings within the city of Porterdale will soon be marked as historic now that the city is eligible to apply for historic preservation grants.
Dozens of tubas and spectators turned out for Porterdale's fourth annual Tuba Christmas, an event that has become a national hit after being created in 1974 as a tribute to the late artist and teacher William J. Bell.
Porterdale officials expressed disappointment in the county deciding not to apply for a $100,000 funding from the Georgia Recreational Trails Program through the Department of Natural Resources.
Porterdale looks to bring homes in the city up to code with a new code enforcement officer. Willie Milligan now serves part time as Porterdale's combination housing inspector/code enforcement officer. City manager Bob Thomson said Milligan was sworn in to the position at the Nov. 5 council meeting.
Porterdale officials said they enjoyed having a new perspective on how to design and develop the city in the future, after they attended a three-day design session over the weekend with students and faculty from the University of Georgia's College of Environment and Design.
The Porterdale Police Department has been awarded a Traffic Safety Grant in the amount of $10,000. The grant is used to further small departments in the state of Georgia with combating traffic safety issues in their community. The Porterdale Police Department will participate in the programs sponsored by the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.
The city of Porterdale plans to develop some of its neighborhoods after the city was awarded $266,623 in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the State's Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG).
Citizens in Porterdale may notice little decorated boxes popping up around the city. They're called Little Free Libraries. It's all a part of an effort to bring more literacy opportunities to the community.
An independent auditor's report found accounting errors and other financial problems for the city of Porterdale.
The city of Porterdale approved liquor licenses for two businesses and swore in a new police officer at their council meeting on Monday night.
The city of Porterdale looks to make three of their parks greener by planting trees with money from a grant.
Porterdale council members decided to revoke three liquor licenses from Porterdale Bar and Grill for its failure to file distilled spirits excise tax returns in the amount of $1,650 and failure to pay just over $500 in excise taxes.
An investigation by the Newton County Sheriff's Office into the behavior of Porterdale Police Lt. Jason Cripps' behavior regarding alleged theft of WiFi did not result in criminal charges.
Porterdale City Manager Bob Thomson, citing the NCSO's report, said Cripps would would not be charged; however, Police Chief Geoff Jacobs is still internally reviewing the personnel complaint against Cripps.