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Dacula hopes to approach Barrow for sewer service

DACULA -- Fed up with what they see as Gwinnett County's neglect of their city, Dacula's governing officials plan to take matters into their own hands. Councilman Tim Montgomery said Thursday evening that now that the election is over, he and his colleagues need to go ahead with the business of the city's 2030 Comprehensive Plan.

A crucial part of that plan is bringing new businesses into the city limits. In order to do that, Dacula must provide sewer service to those businesses or, according to councilman Greg Reeves, businesses will leave or simply never move to Dacula.

It sounds like a great plan with a simple solution, but Gwinnett's leaders have different ideas for the city. Designing to keep Dacula a rural/estate area of the county according to the county's Comprehensive Plan, Gwinnett officials have decided not to run more sewer lines to Dacula, thereby discouraging quick, dense growth.

"We believe that if (Gwinnett) won't provide sewer service, we're going to have to do it ourselves," said recently re-elected mayor Jimmy Wilbanks. "When you treat a piece of property in District 3 different from property in Districts 1, 2 and 4, there's something wrong with the way the county's being governed."

Montgomery stated that the city should enter into negotiations with Barrow County to get sewer lines run in, and Reeves agreed.

Rezoning approved

Business and property owner Tony Elia got City Council's approval to rezone a .15 acre piece of property he recently purchased. The small parcel of land adjoins the property where his business TMJ Auto Sales is located. Elia bought the new property and the 750 square foot house situated on it for a business office. Originally zoned for single-family residential use, the property is now zoned C-2 commercial. The existing curb cut onto U.S. Highway 29 will be eliminated once inter-parcel access is built between the two parcels.

Road construction bid awarded

City Council members gave Wilbanks the OK Thursday to enter into a contract with Strickland and Sons, the paving company selected to perform construction/repairs on Rutherford Drive. According to city administrator Jim Osborne, a pre-construction meeting is planned for next week. Osborne will suggest to the contractor that work on the road not begin until after Thanksgiving, in order to avoid prolonged inconvenience to nearby homeowners.

Strickland and Sons was the low bidder of eight contractors, pricing the job at $53,187.10. Osborne estimated that the project should not take more than 60 days to complete.