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Grayson council discusses city park changes

GRAYSON - There are some new additions ahead for Grayson City Park.

At Monday's meeting, the Grayson City Council discussed how to spend a newly awarded grant for renovations to the park. The $62,000 federal grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund will cover 50 percent of the changes planned for the park, with the remaining funds coming from the city's share of Gwinnett County SPLOST.

The Council looked at preliminary plans from Land Solutions Group LLC of Loganville and plans on contracting with the company to finalize the plans.

The majority of the changes will be on the approximately 3-acre undeveloped rear portion of the park. The plans discussed Monday show a sand volleyball court, grass fields, new sidewalks, a wildflower garden and additional parking for both the park and the History Center.

"We are planning on more parking and we want to use a pervious surface type of parking so that it is more environmentally friendly," said Mayor Jim Hinkle.

Land Solutions will deliver an engineering proposal for completing the project at the next meeting. If approved in December, work on the park could begin in just a few months.

Grayson Council adopts

six ordinances

The council also adopted six ordinances at Monday's meeting.

The council adopted changes to their stream buffer protection, floodplain management and illicit discharge ordinances to remove language referring to Gwinnett County.

"We are basically re-adopting these to refer only to Grayson," said Hinkle. "There were several sections that referred to paying fees to Gwinnett, and since Gwinnett is no longer doing that for us, we needed to remove those references."

The council also approved a revision to its alcoholic beverage ordinance to clarify confusing language and adopted another revision to its development regulations to require reinforced concrete pipe for culvert piping in the right of way.

"Galvanized pipe really is a ticking time bomb," said Hinkle. "We are lucky if we will get 25 years out of galvanized pipe whereas we can get at least 50 years out of concrete."

The last ordinance adopted Monday was a standard minimum building code. The city had previously used the county version and needed to adopt one of its own.

In other business, the Grayson council:

•Announced their annual tree lighting for 7 p.m. Dec. 1. Santa will be at the Arts and History Center for photos after the tree lighting.

•The Arts and History Center will also have two teas in December: an adult tea on Dec. 10 and a "Santa and Me Tea" for children on Dec. 21.