No changes made to Dacula millage rate

DACULA - Following a public hearing Thursday evening, Dacula City Council members decided to leave the city's millage rate at 4.311, the same as the 2008 rate. According to city administrator Jim Osborne, since real estate values have decreased, residents will actually realize a tax decrease.

New businesses prompt zoning regulation changes

City leaders voted to amend a portion of the zoning ordinance regulating parking lots and commercial drive widths Thursday.

The changes result from resident complaints regarding the safety and ease of ingress and egress at two new businesses in Dacula - Taco Bell and Dacula Dogs. These two businesses properly followed previous city guidelines, but the amendment mandates wider driveway widths and a 12-foot drive lane at drive-through windows and stacking lanes.

City to purchase new car for marshal's office

Marshal Reed Miller will soon be seen driving around Dacula in a new Ford Crown Victoria, thanks to city council approval of $26,379 for the purchase. The old city marshal vehicle is 14 years old.

"(This) is the best police car out there," said mayor Jimmy Wilbanks of the Crown Victoria. The drive-out price includes the "police package" equipment.

The vehicle will be purchased using money from the city's general fund. When SPLOST funds are disbursed at the end of this month, the general fund will be reimbursed for the purchase amount of the car.