Winder Gas Department honored

WINDER -- Mike Jewell, the Winder Gas Department's distribution director, presented mayor Chip Thompson with two awards his department won recently. The 2009 Marketing Excellence Award and the 2009 Customer Service Award were both snagged by Jewell's department.

The Customer Service Award was granted based on the Gas Department's customer service efforts in winning poultry growers' business in the area.

"We wish we had more of those customers," joked Thompson. "They keep those chickens warm all year."

City council members also voted Tuesday to require a land development permit any time a paved or gravel lot, driveway, slab, grading or other such development takes place in Winder. Permits will be issued at no charge, and the records will be used for future use in the city.