Dacula leaders explore making Second Avenue two-way street

DACULA — City council members voted 2-2 Thursday evening over whether to commission engineering plans to make Second Avenue a two-way street.

Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks had to cast the tie-breaking vote, saying that “I have problems with making Second Avenue a two-way.” However, in order to completely understand the scope and end results of the proposed project, Wilbanks voted to move ahead with having engineering plans drawn up.

“This doesn’t mean I’ll vote to actually do it,” he said, explaining that he simply wants to understand the possible improvements and be ready to move forward should he and council members decide to proceed.

Second Avenue building slated for demolition

Dacula’s building inspector has condemned the old building on Second Avenue in downtown Dacula, and Wilbanks wants to have the building demolished “before someone gets hurt.” The mayor said Thursday that he would like for demolition to commence no later than April 18.

Right-of-way issues have to first be resolved with adjacent property owner Sam Hinton, and that may happen as early as Monday of next week, according to city attorney Dennis Still.