Grayson borrows money for new park

GRAYSON - A new city park for Grayson residents came one step closer to reality Monday night when the Grayson City Council accepted an offer to borrow $220,000 from Brand Banking Co. to buy 1.8 acres of property across from City Hall.

Total purchase price of the property is $600,000. The remaining cost will be paid from sales tax funds.

"This will make our park a fantastic asset for the city," Mayor Jim Hinkle said.

The new acquisition, coupled with about 5 acres already purchased, is part of the city's park implementation plan.

"This is a good buy for us," Hinkle added. "We got it at a fair market price. ... (Walter Starling Properties) had come down from their asking price."

Closing on the property at 785 Grayson Parkway will be Jan. 19. Also approved was a survey on the property by Robinson Survey Co. for $2,350.

In other action, the council also adopted an ordinance that was approved in amendment form by city voters in November allowing liquor to be sold by the drink within the city limits.

The council approved a change in the city's zoning ordinance and development regulations concerning the location, finish and repair of sidewalks.

The new amendment, according to City Planner Steve Sappington, would encourage "meandering of sidewalks along external roadways to subdivisions, applying a trowel finish along all edges of new sidewalks, and repairing the entire damaged section of existing sidewalks, rather than patching a portion of a section."

"These sidewalks will meander along the entire property frontage," Sappington said, and encourage meandering along the entrance of a subdivision rather than being parallel to the property.

The amendment calls for new concrete sidewalks with a control joint, while damage repair on the sidewalks will match the finish of the existing sidewalk at no cost to the city.

An amendment to the zoning ordinance concerning traffic impact studies was tabled by the council.

According to Sappington, housing lots that number 100 or more need a traffic impact study. The new amendment would require the developer to pay to have the study done.

These studies would be used not only on new housing subdivisions, but also standalone development properties such as commercial office buildings. The council, in tabling this amendment, agreed to do a work session on the proposal. In addition, Sappington was asked to check with other cities to see how they are handling this issue.

Newly elected Councilman David Schroder was sworn in for his term beginning in January and Councilwoman Tammy Shumate also was sworn in for another term. Outgoing councilman Jimmy Adams was given a plaque by Hinkle for his six years of service.