Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

August 14, 2013

Grayson Council considers new zoning laws

By Joe Lewis - Staff Writer
Journal-Times

Aug. 14, 2013 — The Grayson City Council met in special session Thursday night to consider new zoning recommendations and to discuss candidates for the police chief and alcohol beverage administrator positions.

Mindy Woods-Click represented the Planning and Zoning Committee, which recently drafted three new recommendations for the City Council to consider.

The first proposed change to the city's zoning ordinance would limit alcohol delivery sales to the Central Business and Highway Business zones.

The second proposed change would limit sign sizes to 50 square feet – except for businesses in the Main Street area, which would only have a sign allowance of 25 square feet.

The last recommendation would clarify the boundaries of the downtown renaissance area to encompass all of Main Street from Carol Malone Boulevard to the County Courthouse, as well City Hall and the tourism cabin.

Council member Pearl Crum expressed concerns about allowing packaged alcohol sales on Main Street, calling for stricter regulations to be put in place.

“You can't just deny someone a business opportunity; that's not right,” said Harper.

“Oh yes we can! We're the City Council and we can do what we please,” replied Crum.

Concerns were also expressed by the Council regarding the new sign requirements, indicating that new business signs locating near the interstate may not be large enough to see if they are limited to 50 square feet.

The Council tabled the proposed changes in sign sizes for further review, but unanimously approved the other two recommendations.

Discussion then turned to the new alcohol beverage administrator position, which both Mayor and Council indicated would likely be a part time position given the relatively small amount of work involved after the initial start-up period.

Council then convened in closed session to consider potential candidates for that position, as well as the vacant police chief post. No final decisions were made, however.

The next meeting of the Grayson City Council is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 15 at Grayson City Hall.

Joe Lewis can be reached at jlewis@journal-times.com or by telephone at 286-4201.