In his 20 years on the Dacula City Council, Wendell Holcombe has been a part of countless improvements and decisions, but his goal has remained the same throughout the years.
“My main goal as a city council member is simple,” Holcombe said. “I try to make our city a better place to live in.”
When Holcombe joined the council, the issues on the table were a bit different. He told us a little bit about what he did to make Dacula a better place in those early years.
“I was a young man when I started serving,” Holcombe explained. “Back then, people were doing what they wanted to do. If they wanted to build a shack 100 yards from someone’s front porch, there was nothing stopping them. One of the first things I did on city council was to pass ordinances to stop this from happening.”
Things have changed over the years, but Holcombe continues his mission to improve our city by tackling currents issues.
“Right now, we are trying to get the county to help with sewage,” Holcombe said. “We have not had help for several years, and this could potentially be a big mess for our city.”
Holcombe has learned that the role of city council member is often a thankless job. People are not aware of the issues and improvements council members are working on until the projects are close to completion.
“Most people do not realize that there are so many different things that are going on to improve our city,” he said. “I seldom receive compliments, but when I do, it is usually about something that has been in the works for quite awhile.”
Over the years Holcombe has seen Dacula grow tremendously, and he continues to be an advocate for improvements in the future.
“I hope to see more stores and restaurants in our area,” Holcombe said. “I look forward to seeing big names like Wal-Mart, O’Charley’s, and Red Lobster open up new locations in Dacula.”
Holcombe has lived in Dacula since he was married in 1960. He said he enjoys living in and serving our fine community. The people of Dacula also enjoy his service, and they continue to tell him how much he is appreciated.
“People keep asking me to run,” Holcombe said with a smile. “I must be doing something right.”