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Winder council gives recognition to 3 employees

WINDER — Three city employees received public pats on the back Tuesday for going above and beyond the call of duty.

City Clerk Sabrina Wall received the first-ever Barrow County Mayors’ Association “Community Pillar Award.” Wall, according to Mayor Chip Thompson, has far exceeded her performance requirements in the months since City Administrator Bob Beck’s untimely death.

Assistant City Clerk Gloria Andrews also received public recognition for her efforts this year, assisting Wall and absorbing some of Beck’s former duties until a new city administrator was hired last month.

Fire Chief Ray Mattison honored one of his men Tuesday, also, saying that a good firefighter is worth his weight in gold.

“I don’t think you can buy sacrifice or honor,” said Mattison of Lt. Randy Wells on Tuesday evening.

Wells, who has been with the Winder fire department since 1994, recently achieved a degree in Fire Science. According to Mattison, half of his department has now reached that educational goal.

Rezoning approved

The property located at 299 N. Broad St. has been rezoned from residential to neighborhood business use following a City Council vote at Tuesday’s council meeting. The applicant plans to build a medical office or office building on the parcel.

City to apply for streetscape grant

City planner Barry Edgar announced Tuesday that his department will apply for a $500,000 Transportation Enhancement grant for streetscape improvements. Winder will provide a 20 percent match should the funds be awarded to the city.

According to Edgar, the application process is very rigorous and competitive, and the deadline to apply is Dec. 15.