Danielsville could be the first city in the county to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sunday.
It could also be the first to allow distilled spirits to be served by the drink at city restaurants (currently only beer or wine can be served by the drink).
Residents will have the opportunity to vote on these issues on Election Day, Nov. 4 after the council approved a resolution calling for a referendum on the matter at their meeting July 14.
The referendum will contain three questions. In the first, voters are asked if the city should be authorized to issue licenses to sell distilled spirits by the drink.
The second and third questions deal with Sunday sales, asking if alcoholic beverages should be sold by the drink on Sundays and if the city should also allow packaged sales of malt beverages at stores on Sundays from 12:30 to 11:30 p.m.
THE SHERWOOD QUESTION
Voters both in town and in the Sherwood community will also have a chance Nov. 4 to decide if that community will be annexed into the city. The council approved a resolution calling for a referendum to consider annexation, after several Sherwood residents expressed a desire for the community to become part of the city.
The referendum includes 73 parcels of land and “all public roads, right of ways, or easements within the subdivision.”
In a related matter, Mayor Todd Higdon said the county road department is looking at the condition of roads within the subdivision to see what improvements can be made before the city assumes ownership if the referendum is approved.
In a related matter, 2014 qualifying fees were set Monday night for the upcoming election of two council seats, currently held by Michael Wideman and Jon Hendrix. Qualify fees are $65.31 and dates to qualify are Aug. 25 – 29. These are the first of the staggered four-year terms. Council terms have previously been two years each.
POLICE CHIEF OFFERS ONE-YEAR SYNOPSIS
Danielsville police chief Brenan Baird provided the council with a synopsis of the activities and improvements made over the past 12 months since Baird took over as police chief.
Baird said the department responded to a total of 477 calls for service over the past year and investigated and filed reports on 118 incidents. From those incidents, 48 resulted in arrests, including 18 felony charges; nine DUI charges and three domestic violence charges.
They also wrote 35 wreck reports and issued 495 citations (traffic, DUIs, and city ordinance violations).
Baird noted that he did not hire or put other officers on the street until the council adopted the department’s policy manual last October.
Baird also listed what he called some important first steps in establishing profession standards and “best practices,” including the policy manual and an administrative manual. A computer reporting system was updated, and training provided, to improve documentation and investigative tools.
Several Georgia Municipal Association grants were obtained, which allowed for the purchase of new portable radios, body armor and an additional patrol car video camera.
Baird also reported that the department had 67 calls for service in June. He said he expects the department’s call volume to go up by 30-40 percent if the Sherwood community becomes part of the city, based on the amount of calls that the sheriff’s office currently responds to (about 20 calls per month).
The annual Danielsville Fall Festival is set for Sept. 6, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Madison County Memorial Park. City clerk Susan Payne said vendors can obtain an application online by going to www.cityofdanielsville.us