Grayson to work with feds on SAVE

GRAYSON -- The Grayson City Council voted Monday night to adopt a memorandum of agreement with the federal government to cooperate in a program which ensures that only qualified aliens or naturalized citizens can receive retirement, health and disability benefits, among others.

Citizenship and immigration status information is verified under this program, called SAVE -- Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements -- mandated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Grayson will distribute affidavits to businesses so they can provide information on their employees applying for such benefits.

Other applicant benefits include contracts, occupation tax certificates, and licenses for alcoholic beverages, taxi cabs, insurance companies and adult entertainment.

To fund this program, the council approved $300 from the 2010 fiscal year budget. Also, city administrator Laura Paul-Cone was appointed as the contact person for this program.

The council also:

* Agreed to spend about $60,000, including a $42,500 Gateway grant from the Georgia Department of Transportation for the State Route 20 Median Landscape Plan, which includes planting crape myrtles and sod on six medians in the city.

* Appointed Burton May to serve as alternate member of the Code Enforcement Board.

* Tabled until the December meeting a request on a special-use permit to operate a pest control business at 648 Grayson Parkway. City planner Steve Sappington was instructed to ask the Planning and Zoning Commission to look at the permit and make a recommendation on it.