City of Buford employees get 3 percent raise

The Buford City Commission on Monday voted to give city employees a 3 percent cost of living salary increase that is retroactive to the first of the current fiscal year this past July 1.

The commission also granted a special use permit to allow the annexation and zoning for a new subdivision and removed special use permits from other projects that had been left unused for a number of years.

The commission voted to give employees a check for the retroactive salary increase and then continue the increase throughout the rest of the year.

“We have budgeted for that,” Commission Chairman Phillip Beard said the salary increase, “because the cost of things are going up.”

The commission also allowed a special use permit for Guy Ben Findley to build a subdivision on 50 acres of land at 3387 North Bogan Road. The plans call for 107 lots in the subdivision with brick homes ranging at $500,000and above.

The commission also removed special use permits from seven uncompleted building projects that had been left unused for a number of years. Beard said most of the projects were subdivisions, and banks now held ownership of the land.

In other business, the commission voted to expand the city-owned Buford/Hillcrest Cemetery to add an additional 400 to 500 burial plots. The commission also named Brad Weeks to the city Board of Zoning Appeals. He fills a vacancy left open by the passing of long time board member James Reepe.