Winder City Councilman David Maynard on Tuesday found no council support for his request that the minimum square footage of houses be reduced.
His motion to reduce the minimum size of new houses to 1,200 square feet failed for a lack of a second.
Mayor Chip Thompson did acknowledge at the council’s Monday work session that Maynard shouldn’t take all of the political heat for the proposal, because he had asked him to look into smaller housing sizes in connection with an affordable housing initiative currently under way in the city.
But Thompson said he thought the smaller houses should be allowed only in existing neighborhoods with similar-size houses.
And he said the existing code provision allowing property owners to apply for variances is probably the way to go.
In other business, the council:
•voted to allow Scatt’s Automotive to use one of the school system’s free rentals of the city pavilion and green for a Nov. 13 car show to raise money for the automobile technology programs at both local high schools.
•delayed for 30 days a requirement that a resident off City Pond Drive remove about 20 hens from his fenced back yard.
•approved a homecoming parade permit for Winder Barrow High School for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21.
•approved an amendment to some existing loans with the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority to pay monthly rather than quarterly.
•approved a beer and wine by the package permit for Don’s Food and Gas, 186 W. May St.
•approved a contract with Penn Credit Corp. for the collection of unpaid police citations.
It was not the Sheriff that "Busted" Don's Food and Gas for illegal gambling, it was in fact the City of Winder Police Department that arrested the owner. The owner that was arrested is not the person that applied for the license. If you were to go to the meeting you would know there is no legal reason not to approve the license. It is people like you that cause problems. You have no facts, just run your mouth to hear yourself talk.