Grayson approves moratorium on signs

GRAYSON -- The Grayson City Council has decided to place a moratorium on erecting new signs within the city limits until its sign ordinance can be reviewed by City Planner Steve Sappington.

The moratorium, which was approved Monday night by the council, will last at least until Feb. 17.

According to Mayor Jim Hinkle, the outdoor signs in the city are all right.

"It's the indoor window signs that are a problem," he said, adding that the sign ordinance needs to be reworked.

The council also agreed to a new one-year contract for Plaza Security, whose officers provide police protection for the city. Plaza has agreed to reduce the monthly cost per officer from $27.85 per hour to $24.85.

"We'll have the same level of service," Hinkle said. "We've received no negative comments on them."

In other business, the Council:

* Amended the Zoning Ordinance to allow a pest control business to operate in office zoning. Also approved was a special-use permit requested by Mid-Georgia Pest Control to set up business on Grayson Parkway in conjunction with this rezoning.

* Agreed to rent 1,200 square feet of additional storage space for Christmas decorations at an industrial complex on Grayson Industrial Parkway for $600 per month, pending approval by the city attorney.

* Discussed the Gateway Grant for the Ga. Highway 20 Median Enhancement Plan, which will provide crepe myrtles for road medians there. Sappington estimates the cost at $56,000 using no shrubbery. Grant money from the Georgia Department of Transportation is $42,500.

Mayor Jim Hinkle and Councilwoman Allison Wilkerson Rooks took the oath of office for another term at the meeting.

The January council meeting will be moved from Jan. 18 to Jan. 25 because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.