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September 5--  The city of Lyons is encouraging business owners to spruce up their places of business.

Alexa Britton of the Lyons Better Hometown office says business owners can receive a facade grant of up to a $1,000.

"We would love to see property owners and business owners in downtown Lyons spruce up the front of their buildings and we want to make sure there is money available to help them," she said.

Applications for the grants are available at the Lyons Better Hometown office and can be used for property in the downtown area and on major streets coming into town including U.S. Highway 1, Highways 292 and 280 and South Victory Drive.

Meanwhile, the Lyons city council has okayed demolition of a vacant building adjacent to the Lyons Better Hometown office and is proceeding with plans for improvements to the nearby Altamaha Heritage Center.

The council also gave the go ahead to connect the Chicken of the Sea plant north of Lyons to city water in order to provide more water pressure for plant boilers and fire protection.   City manager Jason Hall told the council this is a high priority project which will allow the plant to increase production.

Hall also informed the council that Southeastern Civil of Statesboro has submitted the apparent low bid of $612,607 to work on city drainage and street projects funded in part by a $500,000 community development grant.

The council approved a $300 a month pay raise for city court judge Paul Cook, agreed to provide back door garbage pickup for disabled citizens, okayed waiving of the city's occupation tax for vendors who pay entry fees in city-sancationed events, and nominated three people to succeed Wayne Smith on the county Development Authority when his term expires this year.  They are Mike McKiinley, Wayne Hartley and Bill Mixon.

The council voted to observe Halloween trick-or-treating in the city this year from six till eight p.m. on Tuesday, October 29th.  

It also issued a proclamation in observance of Red Ribbon Week from October 23-31 in Lyons to encourage prevention of drug abuse.