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Council Authorizes Two Construction Projects

Election superintendent, assistant superintendents selected.

A project to repave a road Dacula City Administrator Jim Osborn described as one of the worst in the city was given the green light Thursday night by the Dacula City Council.

Council members voted unanimously to authorize the city to advertise for construction bids on the Williams Farm Drive asphalt base reclamation and replacement project. Approximately 2,170 linear feet of roadway will be re-paved during the project.

Osborn said officials had considered adding just an asphalt topping, but the road was too severely deteriorated.

“Because it’s so broken up, I can go out there in the midsection of this stretch of road and I can just pull up chunks of asphalt,” Osborn said.

Osborn estimated an asphalt re-topping would only have lasted about three years whereas the new project will provide at least 15 years of use. Williams Drive is about 20 years old and has never been repaved, Osborn added.

The council also unanimously authorized the city to advertise for construction bids on the Dacula’s new maintenance facility. The consolidated bids will include both the building construction and site work.

Both projects will be fully funded with SPLOST proceeds.

Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks also asked council members to provide input regarding the regional transportation project list currently under development by the Atlanta Regional Roundtable.  The city including replacing/widening the Dacula Road Bridge at Highway 29 but only one of city's projects -- the $301 million Sugarloaf Parkway extension -- made the unconstrained list. Wilbanks said he has been promised the bridge project will be restored to the list ().

In other business, council voted unanimously to appoint Kay Partain as both the 2011 election superintendent and absentee ballot clerk and Jim Osborn and Charlyne Fuller as the assistant election superintendents and assistant absentee ballot clerks. City Attorney Dennis Still swore all three in during the council meeting.

Council also voted to set the number of qualifying days for the 2011 election. The qualifying period is scheduled to begin August 29 and will end August 31.

The next meeting of the Dacula City Council will be Tuesday, July 12 at , 442 Harbins Road in Dacula. Council will hold a followed by a called council meeting at 6:30 p.m.

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