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New housing units proposed for Porterdale

PORTERDALE - Developer John Wayne Maddox announced plans last week for construction of apartments on a tract of land off Ga. Highway 81 just southwest of the intersection with Ga. Highway 162.

Maddox told the council he plans to construct 24 buildings of four two-bedroom units for a total of 96 units or 9.5 units per acre. The land lies between two cemeteries on the south side of Ga. Highway 81.

City Manager Tom Fox told Maddox that the land is already zoned for multi-family development.

Maddox said the apartments will rent for $750 to $800 per unit.

In other council news, two new members of the Zoning Committee were nominated by council members. Councilman Robert Foxworth nominated Woodrow Mullins, 63, who lives on Poplar Street. Mullins said he moved to Porterdale four years ago and has worked as a lineman for the city of Covington Electric Department for nearly 15 years.

Councilwoman Linda Finger nominated Kevin King, a Broad Street resident, who has lived in Porterdale for four years. King has worked for the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority for seven years in the engineering department.

Council members unanimously approved selection of Trident insurance as the city's liability insurance carrier. Trident, represented locally by Smith Insurance Agency, specializes in municipalities with populations of 100,000 or fewer, according to the company Web site.

Trident's bid totaled $22,095 in annual premiums. The only other bid received, from QBE Insurance, totaled $25,417.

Alice Queen can be reached at alice.queen@rockdalecitizen.com.