Dacula to vote on Sunday sales

Photo by Jason Braverman

Photo by Jason Braverman

DACULA -- City leaders voted Thursday night to authorize a citywide election to decide whether retailers will be able to sell beer and wine on Sundays.

A separate referendum will also let voters choose whether to allow restaurants to sell liquor by the drink on Sundays for consumption on the premises.

In order for either measure to pass, 50 percent of the voters plus one must vote in favor of allowing Sunday sales.

Thursday's action by Dacula City Council members is a result of Gov. Nathan Deal's recent decision to let local jurisdictions decide the issue of Sunday sales of alcohol.

Tornado siren to be repaired

Dacula's broken tornado siren will be repaired at a cost of $6,100, the bare minimum cost to get the siren operational again. The $6,100 will still make use of the older (1998) technology; other repair estimates upgraded the technology, at a cost of either $15,000 or $25,000.

Tornado siren repair was not a budgeted item in the city's 2011 budget, so the $6,100 will have to be taken from the contingency fund or the city's reserves.

"I'm not a real fan of outdoor sirens," Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks said. "We all hear them, all day long." Wilbanks instead urged residents to purchase a personal weather radio which, in his opinion, is more reliable.