Grayson to vote on police patrols

GRAYSON - The Grayson City Council agreed Monday night to vote at the next council meeting in December whether to switch its police/security patrols from Gwinnett County police to a private company, Plaza Security of Loganville.

The proposed contract to Plaza Security was modified from a similar one that Sugar Hill recently adopted. The Grayson contract calls for security officers to be armed with nonlethal weapons such as Taser guns, for patrols to "meet and greet" business owners in the city, and for police cars to bear the Grayson city insignia, Mayor Jim Hinkle said.

"Much of the contract is how we're going to set up the

scheduling," Hinkle said. "Our budget calls for officers to work 48 hours per week. It's hard to figure out the scheduling ahead of time."

Plaza Security favors a six-day per week, eight hours a day schedule with rotating days and times. "This schedule could be altered if needed," Mayor Pro-Tem Tammy Shumate said.

The proposed contract calls for paying Plaza from $25 to $27 per hour per officer on a month-to-month basis with a 30-day cancellation policy.

If implemented, the new contract would begin on Jan. 1.

In other business, the council agreed to purchase two new 25-foot flagpoles to be erected in front of City Hall on either side of the present 30-foot pole. Each new pole will cost $800.