Grayson discusses changing charter to allow manager

GRAYSON -- The Grayson City Council is beginning the groundwork to possibly change its governmental structure to one coordinated by a city manager and not just a mayor and council.

Following a discussion at its meeting Monday night, Mayor Jim Hinkle said he will talk to city attorneys on how to proceed with changing the city charter to reflect the changes.

"We need to get a city manager in the next year and a half because we just don't know who will be available to do the city's work," Hinkle said. "I'm more of a city manager than mayor ... If it wasn't for the mayor and council, we wouldn't get much done."

Hinkle said he would ask the attorneys to see what other cities are doing, and see what might work in Grayson.

In order to change the city charter, it would have to be approved by the Georgia Legislature, and the earliest that could be done is next year, Hinkle said. If the Legislature were to approve the changes, there would be a cut-in date for the new setup, he said. Information on the subject from the Georgia Municipal Association also will be considered.

Not everyone agreed on proceeding with the information gathering.

"We don't need a manager, not until the city government gets larger," said Council member Allison Rooks. "We have two staff members who can take on added responsibility."

Hinkle said he would check with the city attorneys to see what the cost would be to proceed with the research.

In other business, the council:

* Adopted a revised Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance, which will be the same format as the last one, and allow the city to issue permits;

* Agreed to renew its copier lease at $413 per month, less expensive than the current lease; and

* Recognized Christine Lyles, a graduate of Grayson High School, for receiving the Patriotism Award from the National Museum of Patriotism, located on Baker Street in northwest Atlanta. The award was presented to Lyles for her work with neglected children by Nick Snider, museum founder and CEO, and Pat Stansbury, its executive director.