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Grayson approves development authority

GRAYSON - A Grayson Downtown Development Authority came into being here Monday night following approval by the Grayson City Council.

The Council authorized City Attorney Lee Thompson to proceed with the organization and implementation of the new Authority which is designed as an independent entity to purchase, hold and finance property for the city.

"We've been talking about this for a long time. It gives us flexibility in doing larger projects in town," Mayor Jim Hinkle said.

In addition, according to Mayor Pro-Tem Tammy Shumate, the Authority could apply for grants which the city couldn't be able to apply for.

The next step for the Council is to appoint residents to serve on the new board.

In other business, the Council:

· Approved a bid of $6,500 from Berkley Design of Loganville to repair storm water damage to the headwall at 2230 Grayfield Drive.

· Appropriated $2,250 to send Mrs. Shumate on the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce leadership trip to North Carolina.

· Decided to obtain at least one other bid for placing a security system for City Hall, the Senior Center, and the Arts and History Center. The Council earlier had received a bid from EMC Security.