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Grayson swears in new council members

GRAYSON -- James Gillespie, a retired database administrator, became the newest member of the Grayson City Council on Monday night after his election in November, while Council Member Laurie Anderson was re-elected to serve another term.

Gillespie, a resident of Grayson for 10 years, succeeds Marc Gordon, now pursuing other career opportunities following a two-year service. Anderson earlier this year succeeded David Schroder, who resigned his post when he moved out of the city.

Gillespie and Anderson were administered the oath of office Monday night by Gwinnett County Superior Court Judge Tom Davis. Anderson, a real estate agent, had formerly served on the Council from 1992-94, and was city administrator from 1994-01.

Gordon, along with Schroder, who was on the council for five years, and supervised the prison crew who picked up trash in Grayson, were honored with plaques from Mayor Jim Hinkle.

In other business, the Council:

-- Approved its police contract with Plaza Security for another year.

-- OK'd a Georgia Department of Transportation grant for road paving in 2013. The city will receive $20,000 from DOT, while paying $6,000.

-- Changed its next meeting from Monday, Jan. 21 to Tuesday, Jan. 22 because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.