Grayson council OKs additions to park, art and history center

GRAYSON - Improvement projects for the Grayson City Park and Arts and History Center were approved Monday night by the Grayson City Council.

Under the 2009 SPLOST banner, the council approved Phase 2 additions for the park including new sidewalks at a cost of $20,000 ($17 per running foot) with the low bid going to Berkley Design Inc. of Loganville; a 20-by 24-foot pergola, a wall-less outdoor room built from pressure-treated lumber expected to cost about $3,800; seven benches situated around the perimeter of the sidewalks; and 11 street lights.

Arts and History Center improvements include construction of a shell building on a concrete pad to house the new blacksmith demonstration shop, and handicap ramps.

The Council also approved "adopting" the Billue/Cates Cemetery, a 1/3 acre private cemetery located near Grayson Highway.

"The Georgia Code encourages these adoptions to preserve and protect abandoned cemeteries," Mayor Jim Hinkle said. Spearheading this project are the Grayson Historic Preservation Society and the Arts and History Center and, so far, $1,500 has been collected in donations.

In other business, the council:

· Approved a qualifying fee of $10 for the 2009 city election, which includes the mayor's position and two city council posts.

· Witnessed the swearing in of Mayor Pro Tem Tammy Shumate and Council Member David Schroder who will be serving two-year terms following last year's re-election.