Grayson City Council met last Tuesday night to discuss a new emergency management initiative and to consider two new ordinances.

Council conducted the first reading of an ordinance extending the hours during which alcohol may be sold.

The ordinance would allow for packaged liquor and beer to be sold on Sundays between the hours of 1 p.m. and midnight.

Additionally, establishments that sell beer and liquor by the drink would be permitted later hours of sale (12:01 a.m. to 2 a.m.) on Jan. 1 and March 18, unless those dates fall on a Sunday, in which case the later hours would be permitted on Dec. 31 and March 17, respectively.

Joanne Dunfee, assistant emergency management director, informed Council that the department is now capable of relaying Amber Alerts for missing children and Golden Alerts for missing elderly persons.

Dunfee said the department also has the capability of posting non-weather related emergency information with local television stations.

The city’s new mobile command unit was also presented to the Council for the first time.

City Council inspects mobile center

Members of Grayson City Council inspect the latest improvements to the city’s mobile Incident Command Center. The unit will be available to the city's dive team and police and fire departments. The Center will also be used for community events such as Grayson Memory Days.

“I’m amazed at the work that has been done in emergency management the last several years. You have gone above and beyond our wildest expectations,” said Mayor George Steele.

In other business, Council tabled consideration of an ordinance regulating the sale and use of fireworks.

The annual budget for the Grayson Tourism Commission, totaling $68,720, was unanimously approved.

Steele also informed the Council that construction of the new shelter house at the walking track should be completed within two weeks.

Grayson City Council will hold its next regular monthly meeting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at city hall.

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

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