Concerns about safety and liability issues may prompt the Dacula City Council to revisit an issue that was voted upon earlier this month.
Upon learning of the council's decision, City Attorney Dennis Still, who was not present at the June 5 meeting, reportedly expressed his reservations. According to City Administrator Jim Osborn, Still has recommended demolishing the metal building and selling it for scrap instead of risking having a private individual come on to city property and get hurt in the process of removing the building. Osborn added there is also a concern that zoning regulations could prevent a buyer from being able to use the building.
"Do we really want someone to have that on their property?" he asked.
The council is expected to discuss the issue further during their July 3 meeting.
In other business during the June 26 work session, the Dacula City Council:
- discussed the repaving bid for Misty Court. The city terminated the original contract for the project after the contractor failed to begin and complete the work within the specified period. The project was sent out for bids and the bid opening is set for Monday, June 30. Osborn said he expects to have a staff recommendation for the council by the July 3 meeting.
- heard an update on the natural gas franchise agreement negotiations between the City of Buford and the City of Dacula. On April 3, the Dacula City Council approved a 10-year agreement with the City of Buford which, for the first time since Buford began providing gas services to Dacula in 1954, will include a 4 percent franchise fee payable to Dacula. According to Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks, the City of Buford has not yet approved the agreement, citing concerns the 10-year period is not long enough given the costs of planned infrastructure upgrades. Wilbanks said his recommendation is to increase the franchise fee if Buford wishes to have a longer contract term.
- reviewed millage rate scenarios for 2014. Preliminary estimates indicate the 2014 tax digest will be $126 million -- up from $108 million in 2013. If the city keeps the current rate of 5.9 mills, it would constitute a tax increase due to the higher digest and the city would be required to hold three public hearings. If the rate is rolled back to 5.44 mills or less, there would be no tax increase and only one hearing would be needed. The 5.44 mill rate would result in the collection of an estimated $686,478 in property taxes, a 7 percent increase from 2013. Staff has recommended the rate be set at 5.44 mills.
The Dacula City Council will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, July 3. Donna Peairs, who was recently appointed to fill the seat vacated by former councilman Gregory Reeves, will be sworn in during the meeting. The council meets at Dacula City Hall, located at 442 Harbins Road in Dacula.
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