Buford to install artificial turf on school's fields

BUFORD — Installation of artificial turf at Buford High School's football and band practice fields will become a reality, thanks to a vote here Monday night by the Buford City Commission.

Charles Black Construction Inc., will act as the construction management team for the installation, charging a 2 percent fee to oversee the project, according to Board Chairman Phillip Beard.

"The money (for the job) is in place," Beard said. "We just have to figure out who will pay it ... the city or the school system."

The project is expected to cost around $632,000.

The Commission tabled until the next meeting an ordinance to upgrade the city's Hillcrest Cemetery, calling for building new gates, doing curb and gutter work, along with other improvements to the monuments and structures.

"We want to make it a first-class cemetery," Beard said.

An individual has to be a resident of Buford to purchase a cemetery plot there, and the new ordinance addresses what to do with lots also bought by a surviving spouse who moves out of the city.

In other business, the board:

• Changed its next meeting date to April 1 at 10 a.m;

• Rezoned 4667 Thompson Mill Road from M-1 to C-2 to allow for an indoor recreation center;

• Granted a special-use permit to Apparel Care, 1643 Buford Highway to allow operation of a drive-through window;

• Issued a special-use permit to allow 5M Emission, 4385 Commerce Drive, to operate an emissions testing facility on 1996 and newer cars;

• Allowed Legendary Metal, 2731 Faith Industrial Drive, to operate a high-end automotive restoration service; and

• Agreed to issue a tall structure permit for a T-Mobile cell phone tower.