Mudd honored by Grayson Council

GRAYSON - Former Grayson City Council member David Mudd, a longtime resident of the city and coach at South Gwinnett High School in Snellville, was honored Monday night by Mayor Jim Hinkle and the City Council for his work in the community.

"Grayson has done much more for me than I've done for Grayson," Mudd said. "I want to thank all of you, and commend you for your vision of Grayson."

Mudd who served as city council member, mayor pro-tem, and a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission is in the process of moving his family from Grayson to Abbeville, S.C., where he will be teaching at the high school there.

"The people in this community make it very hard for us to leave," he added.

Mudd served as head track and field coach at South for 28 years, along with a stint there as head basketball coach for four years.

The Council also set public hearing dates of Aug. 10 at 6:30 p.m. to receive comments on the city budgets, and Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. to amend and adopt the fiscal year 2009 budget and approve the fiscal year 2010 budget.

In other business, the Council:

· Discussed revisions to the official city zoning map, which excludes the library and property to the south, along with several restaurants. The historic cemetery will be included in the map.

· Agreed to vote on the creation of the Downtown Development Authority at the next meeting. Hinkle said the city is looking to form a seven-member board with staggered terms. A mix of people with various backgrounds is invited to apply.

"We're looking to make the uptown and the Downtown Development Authority the same from a mapping standpoint," Hinkle said. "This makes for a pretty good DDA."