Grayson adopts flag

GRAYSON - The city of Grayson now has its own official flag, thanks to action Monday night by the City Council.

The flag, patterned from the city seal adopted in the early 1980s, has a school bell as its centerpiece showing the bell from the original Grayson High School, along with cotton bolls representing the agricultural history of the town. It features the motto, "Steadfast and True," the year the city was chartered (1901) and three stripes. The green and gold on the flag represent Grayson High School's colors.

"We needed to do this," Grayson Mayor Jim Hinkle said. "The city of Grayson has been populated by good folks interested in the ideals of what Grayson is all about, small town values."

Hinkle added that the city, which boasts a population of around 2,800, used to be a big cotton growing area in years past. Southern Impressions, which does the signage for the city, designed the layout for the flag.

In other business, the city council:

· Set millage rate public hearing dates for 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. June 9 and for 6:45 p.m. June 16. Hinkle said he expects no increase in the millage rate because of the flat budget.

· Named Mayor Hinkle to act as building official under the State Minimum Standard Codes for Construction with the building inspector to run building matters by him. Also, City Planner Steve Sappington was tapped to be an ex-officio non-partisan member of the building panel with no voting privileges.

· Prioritized the 2009 SPLOST funding projects as follows: administrative facilities (City Hall), 40 percent; recreational facilities, 30 percent; roads, streets and bridges, 25 percent; and historical preservation and enovations, 5 percent.

· Approved an extension of the lease for a cell tower proposal from Crown Castle.

· Adopted a resolution to approve the Gwinnett County Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan, a requirement of cities in the county.