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Buford City Council adopts plan for community center

BUFORD — The Buford City Commission continued its work Monday night to make the $15 million Buford Town Park Community Center/Theatre project come to life.

The Commission adopted an ordinance providing for the following: The sale of $10 million worth of city of Buford General Obligation Bonds (Series 2010); a provision for the assessment and collection of an annual tax sufficient to pay the principal and interest on the bonds; and the naming of a paying agent, among other items.

In a separate vote, a bond purchase agreement with People’s Bank and Trust was approved for the bonds. The project, which includes a civic center, should be completed in about 11⁄2 years.

In other business, the Commission:

• Authorized the sending of letters to Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) and Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) for their assistance in regarding current federal legislation in connection with the “water wars” between Georgia, Alabama and Florida. Buford City Commission Chairman Phillip Beard said the letters will be sent to help “insure the agreements Buford already has” with the U.S. government and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers concerning water for the city.

• Approved a request from Will White to rezone his property at 450 S. Hill St. to C-2 (commercial) to operate a hair salon.

• Approved a special-use permit request from Ga. Used Tires & More, 4166 Gainesville Highway to allow the sale and installation of new and used tires, brakes and mufflers.

• Denied a deannexation request from Schulman Properties, Holiday Road, for three parcels.

• Recognized Ken Burge for his 20 years of service with the City Parks and Recreation Department.