Grayson mayor expects millage to remain steady

GRAYSON - The Grayson millage rate is expected to stay the same for 2007, as the City Council on Monday night approved dates for three public hearings on the matter.

After reviewing the current budget, Mayor Jim Hinkle said, "I don't foresee an increase in the millage rate," which is 2.5 following an increase last year.

The hearings are scheduled for 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. June 11, and 6:45 p.m. June 18.

The council also tabled action on its planned unit development ordinance, a rezoning effort planned to replace the current R-4 zoning for housing. The moratorium on R-4 rezoning was extended until July 1 until the best way to replace R-4 with planned unit development is developed.

"We need to have the ordinance in place before construction on the road (Ga. Highway 20) gets finished," Hinkle said.

The ordinance would allow for six units per acre for its overall density, and four units per acre in the conservation residential subdivision.

In other business, the council voted to advertise four weeks for bids on the Grayson City Park plans using funds granted by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. These bids are to be opened at the July 16 City Council meeting.

In an effort to modernize its Web site, the council agreed to pay $20,000 to Weathers Design to completely redesign its Web page, allowing the city clerk to update it daily. It will take from nine to 13 weeks to complete the project. Web hosting will be $25 per month.

An expenditure not to exceed $2,000 was approved for the purchase of Christmas ornaments to be sold at the Arts and History Center.

Presentations were made to the parade float winners of the Grayson Day Parade. Highlands Presbyterian Church's entry was named Best Non-Commercial Float, while Chelsea Gardens received the Best Commercial Float Award, and Grayson Cluster School Foundation got the Mayor's Choice Award.