By Joe Lewis - Staff Writer
Nov. 21, 2012 — Grayson City Council met last Tuesday to discuss new zoning categories, a condemnation ordinance, and the purchase of a new pumper truck for the fire department.
Council approved a new recreational zoning recommendation from the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission. The commission intends to use this zoning designation on a 33.5-acre tract adjacent to East Carter Middle School. This new designation (entitled RZ) would be used for specific areas in Grayson that are intended solely for recreation.
The Council also unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance giving the City Fire Chief or the Code Enforcement Officer the authority to condemn structures that pose safety or public health risks.
Owners of condemned property would be entitled to an appeal. If a condemned structure winds up being demolished by the city, however, the property owner would be responsible for the demolition costs.
Council then voted to declare a state of emergency in order to forego the formal bidding process in the purchase of a new pumper truck for the fire department. The emergency declaration was necessary because the department is down to only one pumper truck, which means that vehicle may only answer calls within the city limits.
Council member Duane Suttles felt that declaring an emergency was necessary to restore coverage to those living outside the city as soon as possible.
The Council then approved a 10-year finance agreement for $325,000 at an interest rate of 2.85 percent with Commercial Bank.
The next meeting of Grayson City Council will be at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at City Hall.
Joe Lewis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 286-4201.