Grayson seeks police privatization

GRAYSON - The city of Grayson, like the municipality of Sugar Hill, is looking to privatize its police and security patrols.

Currently, Grayson contracts with Gwinnett County Police for its patrols. Mayor Jim Hinkle said the move has nothing to do with the job being done by the county, but is a matter of timing.

"The county scheduling just doesn't match what we need to do," he said. "We're really looking for a police presence and not necessarily policing."

At Monday night's meeting, the Grayson City Council voted to enter a discussion with Plaza Security Company to negotiate a contract with them for the patrols. If the contract goes through, the company will provide a patrol car with the city's logo on it.

The council also agreed to send a draft community agenda of the mandated 2030 Comprehensive Plan to the Atlanta Regional Commission for review. This is a planning tool document for a 20-year span that outlines the city's desires, goals and policies and how they relate to the county and state. One such goal is the extension of Bennett Road to Ga. Highway 20.

The document will be reviewed by the Commission for compliance and sent back to the city. Deadline for adoption of the plan is February.

In other business, the council:

· Granted a sign variance for the First Baptist Church, 2142 Highway 20, Grayson. The church will be installing a large digital sign with display capabilities;

· Approved the bid of Hawk Security for installation and monitoring of a security system for the three city buildings;

· Agreed to file grant applications to the Georgia Department of Transportation for the Gateway landscaping grant (a $50,000 grant) and the Georgia Safe Routes for Schools grant for installing sidewalks; and

· Proclaimed November as Family Month in Grayson.