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Winder annexes several properties

WINDER -- In consecutive motions and votes Tuesday night, Winder City Council members voted to annex and subsequently rezone several properties from Barrow County into the city limits.

In addition to five residential properties, the Chick-Fil-A at 850 Loganville Highway and the Shell station at 830 Loganville Highway now have city of Winder addresses.

According to city administrator Donald Toms, the moves by each of the property owners to seek annexation were simply to enjoy the benefits of becoming city, rather than county, properties. No new restaurants or other businesses are planned as a result of Tuesday night's actions.

In other business,

-- Critical Power Solutions LLC, has been selected as the low bidder and contract winner for a natural gas-powered standby backup generator for the city building located at 25 E. Midland Ave. The cost of the backup generator will be $49,984.33.

-- A concept and design for a reader board to be located at the corner of Punkin Junction Road and Loganville Highway was approved by council members Tuesday night. According to Toms, there will be backlighting on the sign, but the method of lighting has not yet been determined. Some methods are brighter, while some are softer.

-- Steve W. Nicholas was appointed and sworn in to be a Winder municipal court judge on Tuesday. Nicholas' appointment is effective as of April 2, and his monthly compensation will be $1,500.