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Chambers announces he will seek reelection to Porterdale Council

PORTERDALE — Porterdale City Councilman for Post 5 Lowell Chambers has announced he will seek re-election.

Chambers first filled the unexpired term of Councilwoman Kay Piper upon her resignation in 2009 and was elected to his first full term to the Post 5 seat later that same year.

Chambers cites a variety of accomplishments which he feels he has played a part in achieving during his time in office.

” … Porterdale has made huge strides — the city budget is financially sound and the millage rate has been lowered; the police and all departments are operating full time; and housing codes are being enforced,” he stated in a printed release.

He said he sees a new attitude of optimism and cooperation among the council members.

“Long term debt has been refinanced with lower interest rates and lower payment, and the savings are being invested in the reconstruction of the city’s sewer system,” he stated. “Parks have been constructed, trees have been planted, a new Main Street director has been hired and the historic gymnasium is being historically preserved and repurposed as an event space.”

He said current efforts are focused on downtown development, historic preservation and the improvement of quality of life for residents. This is being accomplished through a wide range of grants aimed at increasing park land and providing recreation access to the Yellow River.

Chambers and his wife, Melanie Sheets, along with their two sons, have lived in Porterdale since 2000 and have owned property there for 20 years. They are active members at Covington First United Methodist Church.

Chambers works as Watershed director for the city of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management, Office of Watershed Protection, having risen through the ranks with the Atlanta Department of Public Works. He has been responsible for numerous major projects, including large diameter wastewater tunnels and a $500 million evaluation and rehabilitation of the Atlanta sewer system.

He is a founding member of The Friends of Porterdale and has served as chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission. He is currently a member of the Porterdale Historic Preservation Commission, a member of the boards of Smart Growth Newton County, Newton Trails/Path Foundation, the Yellow River Water Trail Network and the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority. Also, Chambers is the organizer of the unique, annual TUBACHRISTMAS celebration in Porterdale.

In announcing his candidacy, he restated the goal he set when he was elected four years ago: “To bring a sense of teamwork and cooperation to the City Council, and to serve with dignity, honesty and professionalism.”

“Porterdale’s best days are ahead,” he said.

So far Chambers is running unopposed. Qualifying for Porterdale muncipal elections take place Sept. 9-13th at City Hall during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.