Grayson approves 2010-11 budget

GRAYSON -- The Grayson City Council approved its Fiscal Year 2010-11 budget here Monday night following several public hearings.

The $1,282,988 budget was "less than the previous year because of the economy," according to Mayor Jim Hinkle.

Also approved was the amended 2009-10 budget to bring it into compliance by state law for a balanced budget. This had to be done because income was $83,000 less than projected.

The council continued its discussion of possibly changing its form of government. The council will look into changing from a weak mayor government to a strong mayor government with the option of hiring a city manager to oversee the day-to-day operation of the city.

Also discussed were looking at sample city charters, and asking city attorneys Thompson and Sweeney to work up a proposed charter for the changes.

"If we continue to grow, we need to be able to function with a larger population," Hinkle said. "The city manager government might be the best, but I don't think we are there yet. We need to plan for the future."

In other business, the council:

* Replaced Melody Mello on the Code Enforcement Board with Richard Parker of Southern Impressions to serve a two-year term.

* Granted a special-use permit to Hail Mary sports club, 1950 Grayson Highway, in order to extend its hours to 1 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

* Appointed Laura Paul-Cone as election superintendant and Laurie Anderson as poll manager for the upcoming fall city election.