DACULA -- The proposed annexation of approximately 156.83 acres from unincorporated Gwinnett County into the Dacula city limits has been put on hold for review and arbitration, according to Dacula Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks.
The parcels of property are located adjacent to U.S. Highway 29 north of Ga. Highway 316 and are zoned for both commercial and residential uses in Gwinnett. The applicant, Walton Georgia LLC, is requesting the annexation and subsequent rezoning to planned mixed use development.
According to Dacula City Attorney Dennis Still, the arbitration will likely be scheduled for the last two weeks in August and will be advertised and open to the public for observation.
Construction contract awarded for maintenance building
The city of Dacula on Thursday awarded the construction contract for the new maintenance building to lowest bidder Hamby Construction Company, located in Lawrenceville. Hamby bid $563,900 for this phase of the facility construction.
Traffic problem discussed, solution proposed
The one-way street connecting Second Street and Dacula Road in Dacula is a problem, according to city leaders and staff members. Some drivers intentionally drive the wrong way on the one-way thoroughfare to get to Dacula Road.
"Somebody is going to get hurt or killed doing that," said Wilbanks, as a possible solution to the problem was considered Thursday.
"Traffic sticks," as City Administrator Jim Osborn referred to the removable posts that prevent drivers from entering a designated area, are a less expensive solution than installing a concrete island to discourage wrong-way drivers, which would cost upward of $150,000. The posts can be installed, still leaving room for school buses on the road, and can be removed for such events as city parades.
The Department of Transportation must approve any such road improvements, but pending that department's go-ahead, council members voted to opt for the installation of the reflective posts.