Grayson to receive transportation grant

GRAYSON - Grayson will receive one of the largest transportation grants in the city's history, according to Mayor Jim Hinkle.

"We were fortunate to get the grant from the Georgia Department of Transportation," he said. "We'll be able to do some good things with this grant."

This Transportation Enhancement Grant, announced during the City Council meeting Monday night, will be $460,000. It will include federal highway funds and will be for beautification projects, landscaping and enhancements for sidewalks and streetlights in the city. It will include highways, railroads and covered bridges, according to City Planner Steve Sappington.

"We hope to make Grayson more of a walking community, allowing pedestrians to walk through the city," he said.

The grant, applied for in June and accepted by DOT on Dec. 3, calls for DOT to pay 80 percent ($368,000) and Grayson to chip in 20 percent ($92,000). Construction costs will total $400,000, while design expenditures will be $60,000.

As part of an amendment to the city's zoning ordinance, the council also approved pedestrian lighting for Ga. Highway 20, which will include a light every 120 feet of road frontage. A Georgia Power Company official estimates that each light will cost about $3,300.

The amendment also includes changing the ordinance to state that wall signs on store frontage will not exceed 371/2 square feet.

In other business, the council:

n Adopted its 2008 Holiday Schedule to include New Year's Eve and Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Day.

n Authorized Hinkle to execute the documents for the city's park project.

n Adopted a resolution in favor of the proposed 10-year update for the Solid Waste Management Plan passed by Gwinnett County.