BY KRISTI REED
The City of Winder will soon begin taking enforcement action against citizens and business owners that violate the city’s sign ordinance.
City Administrator Bob Beck informed council Tuesday that code enforcement officials will be working with businesses and residents to achieve compliance with the ordinance by August 1.
Code officials will give violators written notice to remove any non-compliant signage. If the sign is not removed, the ordinance provides for penalties up to $1,000 per day.
In other business, council:
• announced the official start of the fire department’s centennial celebration. Fire Chief Ray Mattison presented a schedule of events for the remainder of the year which include an open house at each fire station on the first Saturday of each month, July through December, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as well as an all day open house on September 20.
• recognized Lt. Rob Curott, Lt. Henry Schotter, Ofc. Andy Smith, Deputy James Stover and Deputy Cory Kruse for their actions in responding to the May 13 fatality accident on State Route 11. The officers were awarded the Medal of Honor for their courage and bravery. Communications Officer Lorien Boyd received the Police Commendation for helping the officers perform their duties.
• reappointed Sandy Schwartz to the Piedmont Regional Library Board.
• authorized the use of govdeals.com for the disposition of the city’s surplus vehicles.
• selected Rushton and Company to audit the city’s financial statements for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
• approved a game room license for Murphy’s Brass Rail located at 243-A N. Broad Street.
• approved an event permit for Main Street Winder to hold a Celebration of the Arts on June 7 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event will be held on East Candler Street between North Jackson Street, North Broad Street and the gazebo parking lot.
• approved a request to rezone .85 acres located at 95 and 99 Lily Drive from R-1 and R-2 to R-3 (Multi-family).
• approved a request to rezone .59 acres on Atlanta Avenue from R-2 to B-1 (Neighborhood Commercial).
• denied an annexation and zoning request for .992 acres located at 75 Monroe Highway. Applicant failed to respond to council request.