Grayson tables vacant property registration indefinitely

Staff Correspondent

GRAYSON -- The Grayson City Council has decided that it's more trouble than it's worth to enact a vacant property registration ordinance.

"This has become a non-issue," Mayor Jim Hinkle said. The council decided Monday night to table the matter indefinitely.

The ordinance was discussed at the October meeting following legislation passed by the General Assembly last session to identify owners of foreclosed properties in a particular area.

"We don't really have a (vacant property) problem here in Grayson," Hinkle said. "It would be more of a problem for our staff to administrate, and it's not worth it."

In other business, the Council:

-- Proclaimed Saturday, Nov. 24, as "Small Business Saturday" to give small business owners an issue to discuss. "Every business is a small business in Grayson, except Kroger," Hinkle said.

-- Announced that the Council is working out a contract for the security patrol in the city. Current contractor Plaza Security has submitted a bid proposal, which is less than the previous one, and it will be discussed at the December council meeting. "They're doing an outstanding job," Hinkle said of the security firm.

-- Approved a lease with the Downtown Development Authority for the 438 office building. The DDA will use the office space there, while the city will retain the storage areas.

-- Signed a note to proceed with the T-Grant offered by the Georgia Department of Transportation. According to City Planner Steve Sappington, the grant will include street lights, park benches and landscaping of the median on Ga. Highway 20. Bids will be received for this project in December.