By Joe Lewis - Staff Writer
Sept. 18, 2013 — The Grayson City Council held its monthly meeting last Tuesday night. On the agenda were zoning changes, land annexing, purchase of new police cruisers, golf cart use on city streets and the motor vehicle tax rate.
Before the meeting, the Council conducted a public hearing to announce its intent to apply for a USDA grant that will be used to purchase new police cruisers.
“This is a matching grant that will essentially allow us to receive a free cruiser for each one we purchase with our own funds,” said Mayor George Steele.
The Council is seeking a $50,000 grant, which Steele believes will be enough to bring in four new cruisers – two purchased by the city and two obtained via matching funds.
The Council conducted the first reading of an ordinance that would permit the use of golf carts on city streets with a speed limit of 35 miles-per-hour or less.
Under this proposed ordinance, driving golf carts on Main Street, Robert and Mary Street and Carol Malone Boulevard would be illegal.
The ordinance must pass a second reading and be published in the Journal-Times before it becomes official city law.
The Council also announced its intention to annex the property at the corner of Interstate Drive and Midland Trail. This area will be home to the new Cabinet for Health and Family Services building that is currently under construction.
Changes to the planning and zoning ordinance received final approval as well from the Council. These changes limit sales of alcohol to the central and highway business zones.
In addition, freestanding business signs in these zones will be limited to 100 square feet, except in the Main Street Renaissance area where the maximum size will be 50 square feet.
That are consists of the Grayson Gallery and Art Center, the Grayson Tourism Cabin, City Hall and both sides of Main Street from Carol Malone Boulevard up to and including the county courthouse.
The Council also set the motor vehicle tax rate for the 2014 calendar year, which will be 17.68 cents per $100 valuation – no change from the 2013 rate.
The next regular meeting of the Grayson City Council will take place at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at City Hall.
Joe Lewis can be reached at email@example.com or by telephone at 286-4201.