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Dacula looking to extend sewer service

DACULA -- City leaders voted Thursday to take the first step toward extending sewer service from the Stanley Road pump station to serve commercial properties along Winder Highway.

Precision Planning Inc. will be paid $8,800 for concept engineering and surveying, and a conceptual design of a new gravity sewer. The service will eventually extend to Harbins Road in Dacula.

"This is step one of a more detailed process," said City Administrator Jim Osborne. Preliminary engineering activities will begin immediately and should take about 2 weeks, according to a document signed by W. David Leonard, chief operating officer of Precision Planning.

Maintenance facility approved

Concept plans for a new city maintenance facility on West Drowning Creek Road were approved on Thursday, following a town hall meeting soliciting input from neighboring residents. According to Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks, no objections were expressed at that recent meeting.

Plans for the new facility show a 6,000-square-foot building, and the proposed project from McFarland-Dyer and Associates engineers includes site layout, grading and drainage, water distribution, septic design and stormwater management.

The concept phase of the project was performed at no charge, and the design phase and bid phase will cost the city $19,000. Permitting, governmental review and the construction administration phase of the project will be billed to the city at an hourly rate.

The next step in the process will be bidding out the site work on the project. SPLOST funds will be used to pay for the phases approved during Thursday evening's city council meeting.

House to be demolished

The house standing on the property located at 2694 Winder Highway will be demolished, following a court's ruling to the owners to demolish the structure.

The owners have not complied with the ruling, citing an inability to pay the cost of demolition. The city, based on the municipality's public nuisance law, will perform the task and place a tax lien on the property to recoup the expense.