A new church received the Dacula City Council's blessing Thursday night to begin holding services in a commercial center located at 2559 Pharr Avenue. The special use permit, which was approved unanimously, will allow the Light of Truth ministries to hold services on Wednesdays and Sundays.
The church has approximately 20 members and is led by Pastor Samuel L. James. During the May 1 council meeting, James outlined the church's plans and said he hopes the congregation "can be a positive influence within the community."
The church has a two-year lease on the 1,000-square-foot Pharr Avenue space. The special use permit, however, is only good for one year. At the end of the first year, the church will be eligible to reapply.
Also during Thursday night's meeting, the council unanimously approved an amendment to the city's alcohol ordinance which will expand the number of beer and wine tastings a retail package store license holder can host from six annually to one per week, not to exceed 52 in a year.
- passed a resolution calling for the resignation of councilman Gregory Reeves.
- approved the rezoning of 34 parcels which have been legislatively annexed into the city. The zoning will go into effect at midnight on June 1, the date the annexation will be finalized.
- approved a construction bid from Allied Paving in the amount of $192,315 for paving, sidewalk and stormwater improvements on Hill Circle and South Street.
- approved a change order in the amount of $180,273 for additional work on Hill Circle including replacing all sidewalks, curbs and gutters and driveway aprons within the right-of-way.
- approved the selection of qualified companies for road construction and shoulder repair work. Three companies -- Allied Paving, Summit Construction and Development and Pittman Construction -- submitted qualification statements and staff has recommended those companies be used as preferred providers.
Prior to Thursday night's meeting, State Senator Don Balfour, who represents District 9, was presented with the Champion of Georgia Cities award by the Georgia Municipal Association. Randy Meacham, managing director of the Gwinnett Municipal Association, was also in attendance.
Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks credited Balfour, along with State Rep. Chuck Efstration, with helping the city during the recent legislative annexation.
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