Grayson Residents To Vote On Sale Of Packaged Drinks

GRAYSON -- At the city election Tuesday, Nov. 8, registered voters will get a chance to say yes or no to the sale of packaged beverages.

A referendum on the manufacture, sale, and distribution of distilled spirits was passed Monday night by the City Council following receipt by the city of a validated petition with signatures in excess of 35 percent of registered voters. Receiving such a petition requires the Council by law to call for the referendum.

The city already has alcohol sales by the drink, but not packaged sales.

In other business, the panel also amended its zoning ordinance to allow businesses to have larger signs. A business with 300 square feet can have a 37-1/2 square-foot sign (slightly larger than a sheet of plywood).The maximum sign for a business is 120 square feet.

"This will allow for a business with more than one tenant to have bigger signs," City Planner Steve Sappington said.

Mayor Jim Hinkle said the new ordinance should take care of sign requests by such businesses as Christian Brothers and After the Game sports bar. Hinkle said these two establishments can re-submit their applications to the city.

The Council also:

... Annexed and rezoned a .9-acre tract at 2633 Loganville Highway from C-1 (Gwinnett County) to C-2 (Grayson) to allow for commercial business use such as light automotive repairs.

... Presented its first-ever key to the city to Austin Meadows, a member of the Grayson High School football and baseball teams.Meadows played on the Team USA baseball squad that defeated Cuba in Mexico for the championship in the 16 and under division and finished with a .537 batting average.

... Approved SPLOST funds not to exceed $14,200 for rehabilitation of a building at 438 Grayson Parkway.

Proclaimed the week of Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week, commemorating the anniversary of the drafting of the U.S. Constitution.