GRAYSON -- Despite opposition from neighbors, the Beverage Superstore of Grayson received unanimous approval here for a variance which would allow the erection of two signs at its site on 2265 Loganville Highway.
"We're not going to do anything to take away from the look of the area," store operator Richard Tucker told a public hearing of the Grayson City Council Monday night. "We just want the sign to fit the size of the building."
The Council is allowing the store to construct an internally illuminated wall sign about 2 percent bigger than currently allowed, about the size of a sheet of plywood. Other stores in the area have only one sign.
Katie Murrow, owner of a building next door which houses a church, was one of three people who spoke opposing the sign. She stated that other properties in the area, including several churches, had only one sign and that it wasn't fair to allow one person to have two.
"And, what does the tax revenue have to do with a sign?" she asked the Council.
The Superstore sits on 2.3 acres, and is zoned M-1.
In other business, the Council:
-- Awarded its combined sanitation/recycling trash pickup to current provider BFI doing business as Robertson Sanitation, which gives the city a savings of $21,792.
-- Approved a revised ordinance permitting sales of beer, malt beverages, wine and liquor (distilled spirits) by the package on Sundays, which will be on the ballot in November. City voters earlier had approved Sunday sales for beer and wine, but now must vote on whether to add liquor. If the referendum is defeated, all three will be rejected. At that point, a judge might have to make a ruling on the ordinance.
-- Approved a map amendment for the Downtown Development Authority, which would allow expansion east toward Loganville, and toward Grayson Industrial Park.