Liquor by the Drink Resolution Passes Again
Mayor Wilbanks cast tie-breaking vote.
After a 3-2 vote by the Dacula City Council, city residents will retain the opportunity to vote on Sunday liquor by the drink sales this November.
“We’d already approved this referendum in a previous council meeting, but we were outside the time limit that the election superintendent has to call the election,” Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks said.
State law requires council approval of referendums on Sunday liquor by the drink sales to be held no sooner than 120 days prior to the election.
The referendum, which will allow voters to decide if Sunday sales of liquor by the drink will be permitted in restaurants within the city limits between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., passed in June by a 2-1 vote with council members Gregory Reeves and Sue Robinson voting in favor of the referendum and councilman Wendell Holcombe voting against. Councilman Tim Montgomery was absent from the June meeting.
This time, Montgomery was present and cast his vote in opposition along with Holcombe. Robinson and Reeves voted in favor resulting in a tie. Mayor Wilbanks cast the deciding vote to allow the voters to decide on Nov. 8 whether Sunday liquor by the drink sales will be permitted.
The Sunday package sales referendum passed by council in June was not affected.
In other business, council authorized the city to advertise for construction bids on the Second Avenue road project.
The $125,000 project calls for creating a two-way entrance at the intersection of Second Avenue and Dacula Road. The roadway improvements, which will cover approximately 335 feet of Second Avenue between Dacula Road and the Dacula Pharmacy, will be funded with SPLOST proceeds. As part of the project, a sidewalk will be added along the north side of the street and curbs will be installed. Motorists will be able to turn from both directions off Dacula Road onto Second Avenue, but will only be able to turn right off Second Avenue onto Dacula Road. The construction should take approximately three months to complete.
The council also approved a $4,140 bid to seal coat the parking lot of Dacula City Hall.