Grayson city council approved changes to the city's zoning related to commercial and residential storage unit use within city limits during their regular meeting last Tuesday.

The measures, introduced by the zoning commission last month, prohibit the use of “large storage units, huts, pods, or structures within the city limits... unless located along major Highway Business areas.” This includes “but is not limited to Quonset huts, storage pods, and shipping containers.”

The new ordinance, designated as a new subsection under article 3 of the zoning ordinance, also requires storage structures to be screened from view and painted to match the color of the business building.

It further prohibits the use of such structures for dwelling units anywhere within the city.

If the pods are to be used for training purposes they must be temporary, and used for less than 30 days, or if permanent must also “be screened from the view of public roads and from adjacent residences,” as well as meet restrictions related to painting. Any unit used for training must also have a foundation “and other safety measures, as determined by the International Code Council.”

A related ordinance, also passed on Tuesday, amends Article 17 of the city's zoning ordinance related to the screening of outdoor parking, storage, loading and service areas. The amendment requires “any additional structures... (to) be painted to match the color of the business.”

In other action the city moved to approve a request from the Carter County Youth Leadership group to hold a Grayson Cleanup day on April 11. A rain date of April 18 was also approved as part of the process.

Council also approved street closures for Funtoberfest and for Project Merry Christmas and Sarah's Place 5K run. Funtoberfest street closures will occur on Friday, Oct. 11, along Park Street, from Third to Main, from 6 – 8 p.m. and on Saturday, Oct. 12 along Park Street from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. In addition Third Street, from Park Street to Robert & Mary Avenue, will be closed on Saturday from 7:30 – 9 p.m. and Main Street will be closed from Pomeroy to Landsowne from 8 – 11 a.m.

On Oct. 18, Interstate Drive will be closed from the beverage center to Pathways, for the Project Merry Christmas/Sarah's Place 5K, time to be determined.

In other action the council approved a bid from Commercial Bank to finance new police cruisers at a rate of 3.4 percent and accepted a report on the water issues at the senior citizen center, which has been repaired.

The city set Trick-or-Treat this year for Thursday, Oct. 31, from 6 – 8 p.m.

Grayson mayor George Steele also asked alcohol beverage control office Willis Johnson to look into the legality of Carter County Tourism sponsoring Market 474. Steele wondered if the county entity, who took over the market from Grayson Chamber of Commerce, could legally run the event because packaged alcoholic beverages are sold at the market and while the city of Grayson is “wet” the county is “dry.”

Following the meeting Johnson said that there was no issue with the sponsorship that he was aware of, as long as all sales are taking place within the city limits, where alcohol sales are legally permitted and the seller has the required permits.

The winery who sells their product at the market, Savage Farms, is based out of Louisa, in neighboring Lawrence County.

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