Grayson council OK's shrubs for median on Ga. 20

GRAYSON - The city of Grayson moved one step closer in the beautification process of Ga. Highway 20 here Monday night, as the City Council approved a proposal submitted by the contractor for installing shrubs and plants on the median.

The GATEway grant had been approved by the state for the median landscaping, which will be done by Precision Planning Incorporated. The grant, which will be used to pay for design and construction, is for $46,000. The city will have to obtain a special permit from the Georgia Department of Transportation office at a cost of $7,000.

The Council also adopted an Illicit Discharge and Illegal Connections ordinance at the meeting, which controls anything that goes into a manhole or storm drain.

"This is a state mandated ordinance," Mayor Jim Hinkle said. "The previous one had a defect. This gets us in compliance with state law."

In a public hearing, the Council approved a variance request from the Burger King now under construction at Ga. 20 and Rosebud Road to stay open past midnight on Friday and Saturday nights.

By Council action, the fast-food restaurant can stay open until 2 a.m. on those nights. The establishment lies in the Grayson Overlay District, which doesn't allow places other than automated businesses to operate between midnight and 5 a.m. An exception was made due to the economic disadvantage it would cause Burger King in competition with several other fast-food places that stay open past midnight outside the district.

The Council chose to approve the variance rather than revise the overlay map.