Grayson City Council met in regular session last Tuesday, and again in special session on Monday, to discuss city business and fast track a plan to pave Promise Land Drive.
At the separate meetings, Council unanimously approved the first and second readings of two ordinances that would allow the road to be paved, even though portions of it may not meet the specifications of the city’s planning and zoning ordinance.
In compliance with state statutes, the first adopted ordinance allows the city to formally dedicate roads that have been used as unrestricted public pass ways for a period of five consecutive years.
The second ordinance adopted by Council allows the city to take whatever measures it deems appropriate to maintain and/or upgrade such dedicated roads, which could include grading, graveling and paving.
The ordinances will allow future councils to look at paving specific roads on a case-by-case basis without being impeded by the planning and zoning ordinance.
City Attorney Reid Glass, however, was quick to point out that these ordinances do not obligate the city to pave all roads that the city currently maintains.
“If a street comes into the city by operation of the state statute, the city has an obligation under common law to maintain the status-quo on that street. In order for it to exercise further discretion, however, the city has to bring it in formally by ordinance and then make a decision as to whether or not that street needs further maintenance,” said Glass.
In other business, Council unanimously voted in favor of a pay raise for Code Enforcement Officer John Lands from $10.20 per hour to $12.20 per hour upon his completion of both the residential and commercial certification exams.
The next regular meeting of the Grayson City Council will be at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at City Hall.
Joe Lewis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 286-4201.