After years of standing vacant, the old Dacula city hall building will soon be nothing more than a memory. During the May 29 council work session, city leaders discussed plans for the property as they prepare to have the building demolished.
"Do we want to keep that property and do something with it whether it be parking, a park, or something else?" Osborn asked. "Do we want to hold on to that property or do we want to auction it off?"
That decision may be affected by another project discussed during Thursday night's work session -- the second phase of a planned sewer expansion.
The sewer project will run alongside Winder Highway from Lakeside Drive to McMillan Road and through the old city hall property resulting in construction work that could impact any grading work done prior to the sewer line completion.
Further complicating the decision is the existence of at least two sinkholes on the property.
"I think you're going to find the property is unusable once you cut it open -- further than what it already is," said Joey Murphy, assistant city administrator for development.
"I don't think we're ever going to be able to sell that property," Councilman Hubert Wells added. "The liability is just too much."
The city has solicited bids for design services for the expansion project and will open the bids on June 3. Osborn said staff expects to have a recommendation for council by the June 5 meeting.
In other business in Thursday night's work session, council discussed several road projects. During next week's meeting, council is expected to vote to solicit bids for repaving work on Eunice Holcombe Circle. Pending council approval, the project will be funded with $97,191 in unspent funds from a Community Block Development Grant from the Hill Circle/South Street project. Council will also decide whether to authorize Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks to terminate an existing contract with F.E. Sims for repaving work on Misty Court and solicit new bids. According to Wilbanks, F.E. Sims was awarded the contract for the repaving work in November 2013 and has failed to begin the project and has already exceeded the time frame specified for completion of the job.
Prior to the work session, council met in a called meeting and authorized the purchase of a 2004 Sterling dump truck with 75,000 miles for $53,597. The sellers would only hold the truck through the end of May, requiring council to make a decision prior to the June 5 meeting.
"I've looked high and low for one of these dump trucks," said Mike Moon, public works supervisor. "I feel really good about this."
Moon explained the vehicle is low mileage and has been well-maintained.
"I believe it will be worth our while to buy it," he said.
Delivery of the vehicle is expected on Friday, May 30.
The Dacula city charter allows the council to select someone to fill the remainder of Reeves' term, which ends on Dec. 31, 2017.
The next meeting of the Dacula City Council will be on Thursday, June 5, at 7 p.m. The council meets at Dacula City Hall, located at 442 Harbins Road.
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