Grayson mulls precious metal dealers ordinance

GRAYSON -- Upon request of Gwinnett Chief of Police Charles Walters, the Grayson City Council has decided to pursue enactment of a precious metals dealers ordinance that would be similar to regulations regarding pawn shops.

If passed, the law would require businesses which pay cash for gold and jewelry to report these transactions by requiring patrons to be fingerprinted and photographed in an effort to stop stolen items from being sold in the city.

The council will ask the city attorney to write an ordinance similar to the one which will take effect in the next few weeks in Gwinnett County.

The council also approved the appointment of Joseph L. Randazzo Jr. as solicitor for the city of Grayson Code Enforcement Board. This will be the first time the city has had a solicitor for this position, as the city attorney had been providing the service. This new position will be effective immediately.

Randazzo has been a practicing attorney and solicitor in Gwinnett County.

"Mr. Randazzo knows how to present a case before this type of board," Grayson Mayor Jim Hinkle said.

In other business, the Council:

* Enacted a Clean Indoor Air Ordinance that would prohibit people from smoking within 20 feet of the entrance doorways of food establishments except for patio areas.

* Established the qualifying fee for city elections to be $10 this year.

* Decided to work with Gwinnett County DOT to establish "rumble strips" down the side of the road in the curve on Bennett Road with funding from SPLOST.

* Proclaimed Feb. 7 through 13 as Family Career and Community Leaders of America Weekend in Grayson. This group, formerly Future Homemakers of America, has 29,000 students in the U.S.

* Council member Marcus Hinton also was sworn in for another term on the panel.