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Dacula councilmen, mayor take oaths

DACULA -- Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks and councilmen Wendell Holcombe and Greg Reeves were sworn into office Thursday night after having been re-elected to their respective offices last November. City attorney Dennis Still administered the oaths of office.

Reeves was subsequently appointed the city's 2010 mayor pro tem.

New streetlights to boost public safety

Dacula residents and business owners will soon enjoy the benefits of better lighted streets, thanks to City Council members' vote Thursday to proceed with installations.

City marshal Steve Cline, at council's direction last month, outlined areas and streets in the city that need street lights. Georgia Power will furnish and install the lights at no charge to the city, provided a light pole is already in place. According to city administrator Jim Osborne, the cost to operate each new light will run $8.65 and $20.85 per month, depending on the light wattage.

The areas designated to receive new streetlights are:

* Old Peachtree Road north of the Publix shopping center

* Forestdale Drive near Harbins Road

* Golden Avenue

* Freemans Mill Road from Eastside Drive to Franklin Drive

* Williams Farm Road at University Parkway

* Harbins Road south of Highway 316 (where needed)

Wilbanks estimated Thursday that a total of nine new streetlights will be installed as a result of Thursday night's action.