Winder Police Department awarded 2nd H.E.A.T grant

WINDER - For the second year in a row, the Winder police department has been awarded a grant from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.

H.E.A.T., or Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic, is a statewide initiative that supports local enforcement of highway safety measures designed to decrease the number of DUIs, traffic deaths and accidents.

Winder has been awarded a $47,800 grant that will help pay for a H.E.A.T. officer and other related expenses.

Water conservation critical, burning ban extended

No outdoor watering for any reason is allowed within the city limits as a result of the Level 4 drought in Georgia. According to Wesley Skinner of the Winder Water Department, "we have enough water to last into 2008, but we have to do everything we can between now and then to conserve."

A burning ban, which was originally slated to end on Sept. 30, has also been extended indefinitely in Winder and Barrow County.

In other business:

' The Winder City Council will meet on Nov. 13 instead of Nov. 6. The meeting will be held in the dining room of the cultural arts center.

' A change to the Winder Alcohol Ordinance, approved Tuesday night, will remove the 100-yard buffer between establishments that serve alcohol and churches and schools in the downtown area of the city.

A previous buffer of 200 yards between establishments that sell whiskey, and churches and schools outside the downtown development area has been reduced to 100 yards, the same buffer area that currently applies to wine sales.