The Lula City Council should be preparing for growth, according to city manager Dennis Bergin. The council and Bergin began discussions on the city’s future goals at its Aug. 21 work session.
Bergin said that with a growing population, and an increasing minority migration to the area, the city will need to become more “metropolitan.” To be more competitive, Bergin advised the council to be aggressive in potential annexations, and to consider utility rates, millage rate and alcohol sales.
One of the ways to make the city more attractive to developers, according to Bergin, is to get alcohol sales approved. Many council members agreed that having alcohol sales is a “necessary evil.” The city has package alcohol sales, but does not have Sunday sales or liquor by the package or by the drink. The council could add a referendum to allow Lula residents to vote on the topic. “All we can do is put it on the referendum,” said mayor Milton Turner. “It’s the people’s choice.”