Grayson adopts new graffiti ordinance

GRAYSON — Because of an increased problem with vandals writing on signs within the city limits, the Grayson City Council voted Monday night to adopt a new graffiti ordinance.

According to Mayor Jim Hinkle, the Council was advised by the city attorney to adopt the law.

“This gives us something we did not have before — a way to get rid of the graffiti itself,” said Hinkle.

Hinkle added that the ordinance would either force the property owner to remove the graffiti themselves or allow the city to hire someone to do it.

The Council also approved a Redevelopment Plan Proposal for the city presented to them by Precision Planning Design at a cost not to exceed $10,000.

“We need to see what can be done with the undeveloped land in the city,” City Planner Steve Sappington said.

The design company, Sappington said, will come up with three plan-use sketches for the 142 acres within Grayson. The sketches will include two “birds-eye” perspective views of the city. Recommendations may include such items as wider sidewalks, better lighting, or more park benches.

In other business, the council also:

• Heard Mayor Hinkle announce that the city scored 470 of a maximum 500 points on a study done by the Gwinnett County Soil and Water Conservation District.

• Set a qualifying fee of $10 for candidates in the Feb. 1 City Council election.

• Heard a community service report from the Miss Grayson Pageant contestants who will be visiting with Gov. Nathan Deal on Feb. 3. The pageant is scheduled next month.