Grayson revamps fee schedule to include alcohol permits

GRAYSON - The Grayson City Council approved a new fee schedule Monday to incorporate liquor sale applications and permits.

Grayson residents approved the sale of liquor by the drink in November and this revision incorporates the fees for the approved ordinance.

"This is basically what we have approved in previous years," Grayson Mayor Jim Hinkle said. "We have just added the beer and wine fees to match up with what we are currently charging for liquor permits."

The fees for alcohol permits range from $1,000 annually for "beer to be consumed on the premises" to $2,500 per year for "beer, wine and distilled spirits by the drink to be consumed on the premises."

In a related issue, the Grayson Council also approved revisions to sections of the city's alcohol ordinance concerning operating hours. The Grayson zoning ordinance allows businesses to only operate until 12 a.m. unless a special-use permit is applied for and approved. The new alcohol ordinance provided for sales until 1:55 a.m. but did not mention that a special-use permit would be required.

"We are just making it consistent with the zoning ordinance," Hinkle said.

Grayson City Planner Steve Sappington of Precision Planning also gave his monthly report to the council.

"This was a record month for plan reviews," Sappington said. "We had 18 single family reviews and 12 development and commercial building reviews."

Sappington also reported that the revised park plan to include the newly purchased 1.8-acre Starling property would be completed by the end of the month. The council approved the $600,000 purchase of 495 Grayson Parkway last month.

In other business, the Grayson City Council:

•Tabled a revision to the city's development regulations requiring traffic impact studies from developments of more than 100 lots. The council will consider the revision in March.

•Discussed plans submitted by Lowell Pratt Builders for Wiltshire Manor, located on Grayson Parkway the council requested new designs from the developer in November after not approving the proposed designs.