Buford commission votes on business and annexation requests

BUFORD — The Buford City Commission on Monday granted special-use permits to two business owners and ruled on several residential annexation requests.

The commission granted a special-use permit to GT Motorsports at 904 Gainesville Highway to allow the assembly, fabrication and maintenance of vintage race cars. The permit was granted on the conditions that all car storage and repairs will be made in the building, operation hours will be from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and it will adhere to the City of Buford Noise Ordinance.

The commission also granted a special-use permit to Christina Williams at 5018 Bristol Industrial Way, Suite 210, to give private aquatic survival lessons. That permit was granted on the condition that parking on the right of way will be prohibited.

In other business, the commission granted annexation requests to two homeowners but denied four other requests. The commission granted annexation and zoning for a residence on East Maddox Road and a residence on Frazer Road. But annexation requests were denied for two residences on North Bogan Road and two residences on Whidby Road because of concerns over distance required for city garbage and school bus services.

Commission Chairman Phillip Beard said the city has been inundated with annexation requests and the commission amended a fee schedule for its annexation application without rezoning to include a $350 fee.

In other matters, the commission issued a proclamation honoring Ella Mae Merritt of Buford who will be 100 years old on Feb. 17. Merritt was a 1933 Buford High School graduate and has spent most of her life in the community. She was a member of the Eastern Star and the Buford First United Methodist Church. She is the mother of former Buford School Board Member Steve Merritt.