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Dacula planning annexations for 34 properties

DACULA — Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks said Thursday that Dacula plans to seek approval from the Georgia General Assembly to annex 34 properties, a total of 75 acres, into the city. “We’re asking them for approval to annex (these properties) located down (Ga. Highway) 316 down Winder Highway and into Dacula,” Wilbanks said.

A meeting for all property owners affected by the proposed annexations will be held at city hall at 7 p.m. Feb. 19.

City to solicit bids for old city hall demolition

Following a unanimous vote to approve the action, city staff will advertise to solicit bids from contractors to demolish the old city hall building and stabilize the property.

“The old city hall building has been a lot of different things through the years,” Wilbanks said, adding that the action is being taken as a measure to design a more uniform look at the gateway to the city.

Pawn shop owner will not sell firearms to customers 20 and under

David Stone, owner of the Buy-Sell Trade Depot in Dacula, introduced himself and his business to the city council and an audience of about 30 people Thursday. Stone said he wants to assure the people of Dacula that his pawn shop is not the stereotypical business that comes to mind when “pawn shop” is mentioned.

While Stone is legally licensed to sell firearms, he promised not to sell any firearms to customers 20 years old and under, unless they can prove that they meet a strict set of criteria. “I don’t want to be that guy that sells a firearm to someone who does something improper with it,” he said, adding that his shop’s proximity to schools is just one more reason to exercise caution.