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Grayson updates charter

GRAYSON — The Grayson City Council unanimously approved Monday night an updated and revised city charter, ready to be sent to the Gwinnett County General Assembly delegation for approval in 2011.

After examining the update for several months, the council decided to approve this charter.

“This is essentially the same thing we have now,” said Mayor Jim Hinkle, “a weak mayor system but now with the option of adding a city manager at some point.”

“This is in the best interests of the citizens of Grayson,” the resolution read.

As before, the charter will allow the mayor to vote only in case of a tie, and keep two-year terms for council members. In addition, the Capital Reserve Fund under the new charter will be set at $400,000.

“It brings us into the 21st century,” Hinkle commented.

According to Hinkle, there will need to be a timeline for sending the charter to the legislature, including advertisements.

In other business, the council:

• Approved the contract for Plaza Security to continue to do police work in the city. The hourly rate went up $1 to cover increased gasoline costs. Regular time is $25.85 per hour, and $31.85 for holidays.

• Adopted a water restrictions ordinance, which is required by Georgia law. The ordinance is the same as Gwinnett County’s, mandated to meet Georgia Environmental Protection Division standards. Under the ordinance, residents will not be able to water during the middle of the day.

• Saw newly elected council members Marc Gordon and David Schroder sworn in for another term by Mayor Hinkle.

• Announced its next meeting has been changed to Jan. 24 instead of Jan. 17 because of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.