By Leeann Akers - Editor
Aug. 21, 2013 — Grayson City Council took more steps Thursday toward legal alcohol sales.
It was decided that City Attorney Reid Glass would serve as the alcoholic beverage administrator for three months at a salary of $1,000 per month.
Mayor George Steele said Glass was already familiar with the ordinance and was available to go to training for the position this week.
Steele said the position will be reevaluated after the three-month period.
Several ordinances concerning planning and zoning for alcohol sales also were passed.
Alcohol sales will be limited to the central business and highway business zones with an exception for catering licenses.
No licenses for the sale of alcohol shall be granted to businesses, including existing businesses, in residential zones.
Council also passed an ordinance restricting signage. Businesses may have only one free standing sign, not to exceed 100 square feet. In the Main Street Renaissance zone, signs must not exceed 25 square feet.
Temporary mobile or portable signs of no more than 32 square feet will be allowed for the announcement of a new business or significant changes to an existing business for a period of 90 days.
Signs on exterior walls cannot exceed 5 percent of the building’s wall where they are mounted and temporary signs on windows cannot exceed 20 percent of the window area.
Limited exemptions may be granted on a case by case basis through an application to the planning and zoning committee.
A third ordinance that addressed the Renaissance Area also passed. The area of Main Street, from Carol Malone Boulevard to the old courthouse and the area of Carol Malone from the City Building to the Grayson Gallery and Arts Center, was designated as the Renaissance Area. All newly built structures and remodeling of existing structures must be approved for appearance and design by the Planning and Zoning Committee.
Two businesses ran notices of their intent to sell alcohol in last week’s edition of the Journal-Times. Others can be found in today’s classified section.
The Council welcomed new police chief, Kevin “Mooch” McDavid, who asked for an additional officer to be hired.
“The mayor and I had a lot of meetings this week,” McDavid said. “If we don’t hire someone soon we are going to get ourselves in trouble with the budget because of overtime.”
The GPD is short two officers at the moment – due to medical leave of one and the recent firing of an officer.
Council also approved the final budget for 2012-13. City Clerk Cindy Stratton said $17,967 was used from rollover monies in order to balance the old year budget.
Rollover monies from previous years accumulate in a separate account that the city uses for unforeseen liabilities.
The next meeting of Grayson City Council is slated for Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 5 p.m.
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