Porterdale to pursue pants ordinance

PORTERDALE - City Council members agreed at a work session Thursday night to look into enacting a "clothing ordinance" in order to address residents who wear their pants too low below the waist.

Councilman Mike Harper suggested the saggy-pants ordinance, saying, "I am sick and tired of seeing Fruit of the Looms in Porterdale, and I want it to go away."

Harper said he knows of several other cities in Georgia that have enacted similar ordinances.

Councilwoman Arline Chapman agreed with looking into the matter, as long as the ordinance would be enforceable.

Police Chief Wayne Digby, who was present at the meeting, said the Police Department would enforce the ordinance as long as the council outlines penalties in the new law.

City Manager Tom Fox said he would ask the city attorney to draw up an ordinance for council review.

Gym contract signed

Council members unanimously agreed to authorize Mayor Bobby Hamby to sign a contract for work to rehabilitate and renovate the historic Porter Memorial Gymnasium.

The work will be done by Richard Wittschiebe Hand of Atlanta in three phases. The first phase, which is expected to cost $24,250, includes working with the community to determine how the building will be used and creating a written program of uses and producing a written assessment of the current condition of the building.

The gym was gutted by a fire two years ago that left the gym's exterior brick walls standing, but nothing remaining of the interior. The Porterdale Gym was built as a gift to the city from Oliver and Julia Porter, the owners of Bibb Manufacturing Company. The facility was built with wood floors and wood bleachers that could seat as many as 5,000 people, by some accounts. The structure was vacant at the time of the blaze, and most of the contents were destroyed, including old city records and all of the city's Christmas decorations.