By Kristi Reed
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.
City administrator Jim Osborn briefed council members on the scope of the demolition work which currently includes tearing down the building and grading out the site. The question remains of what to do with the property after the demolition work is complete.
"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?"
As city leaders make plans to raze the old city hall, they are moving forward with preparations to expand the existing one.
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.
Council also met in executive session for the purpose of discussing personnel matters. After coming out of executive session, council voted to declare the council seat formerly held by Gregory Reeves vacant. Reeves resigned from office effective May 1 after moving out of the city. Reeves was booked into jail on March 7 on a charge of theft by taking related to alleged misuse of his city-issued credit card. The misuse reportedly included using the card to pay for a rental car Reeves used in his job as a pizza deliveryman. The improper charges total approximately $4,000.
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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