Porterdale OKs Veterans Day as paid holiday

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

PORTERDALE -- City employees in Porterdale will have Thursday off as a paid holiday following a vote by the City Council on Monday night.

The council heard the third and final reading of an ordinance establishing Veterans Day as a paid holiday Monday. The measure was approved unanimously, with Councilman Mike Harper absent from the meeting. The holiday will take effect next week.

The council originally voted in December to establish the paid holiday. The addition of Veterans Day brings the total number of paid holidays to 10 in Porterdale.

The city will no longer maintain committees headed by council members overseeing such areas as public safety, transportation, education, parks and recreation and senior services.

Councilwoman Linda Finger broached the subject of eliminating the committees at the council's Thursday work session. Councilman Robert Foxworth, who heads the public safety committee, initially objected. However, at the council's regular meeting Monday, he agreed to dissolve all five committees. Councilwoman Arline Chapman pointed out that most of the committees are nonfunctioning or their responsibilities have been taken over by the council.

The council instructed City Manager Bob Thomson and City Clerk Judy Johnson to work together to draft a resolution rescinding the resolution that established the committees several years ago. The new resolution is expected to be ready for council action at the December regular meeting.

In other action, Thomson reported that he has received 14 applications for chief of police to replace Wayne Digby, who resigned from the post Oct. 15. Thomson said he is working to establish an interview board and set up a schedule of interviews.

The council also agreed to prioritize Porterdale's list of special purpose local option sales tax projects at the next work session on Nov. 9. Porterdale is slated to receive $2.6 million in funds if the countywide SPLOST referendum is approved by voters in March.

Mayor Bobby Hamby reported to the council that he will present the city's SPLOST projects to a meeting of the Newton County Board of Commissioners on Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Historic Courthouse.