Mayor Mike Mason
From the Mayor's Desk
Reimagining Technology Park
In the 1970s, the idea for an office park that would concentrate on attracting technology-focused businesses was a ground-breaking notion. 

It was Paul Duke, considered the founder of Peachtree Corners, who envisioned Technology Park Atlanta. 

Through the 1980s and '90s, the 500-acre office park continued to attracted top talent from around the country as high-tech companies with innovative ideas, made Technology Park home.   But, like technology itself, the 40-year-old office park is showing its age. Technology has evolved and Tech Park, formerly a nucleus for tech-driven businesses, has become dated.

     Improving Traffic on S.R. 141
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Construction to Improve Busy Intersection to Begin Soon

Relief is on the way for commuters traveling southbound on S.R. 141 and merging onto Peachtree Industrial Boulevard. The long-awaited project to add a second merge lane will begin soon.

Construction is expected to begin within the next few months and will take approximately six months to complete. The work will be done overnight to minimize the impact on daily daytime traffic.
City Earns High Marks in Customer Service Survey

When it comes to assisting customers applying for building permits and business licenses, Gwinnett County's newest city definitely has built a reputation for its top-notch service.

In surveys conducted this spring by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, the city's two departments received top marks. The purpose of the survey was tailored to identify the strengths of the licensing process and overall customer service as well as identifying avenues to improve service.

The survey results showed that 94 to 97 percent of those surveyed in both building and licensing responded favorably in their respective categories.

Reporting Trash Pickup Issues Now Just a Click Away
The city has added a new link on the website for filing complaints, compliments or requests regarding residential trash pickup and recycling services.

Visit the city's website,  www.peachtreecornersga.gov , click on the "Residents" tab at the top of the page then select "Trash Pickup Complaints & Requests," in the pull-down menu.
 
The link directs you to a web page where you will be prompted to add your contact information and the type of complaint you are filing. After completing the information, click on the "continue" link and your information will be sent directly to Waste Pro for a response.

For assistance in using the online reporting system, call 770-609-8816.

Attend Workshop and Learn How to Protect Chattahoochee River

The City of Peachtree Corners is hosting a Public Informational Workshop on the Metropolitan River Protection Act (MRPA) and the importance of the Chattahoochee River, not just to the city, but to the entire watershed.

The workshop will be held at City Hall in the Council Chambers on Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. and is open to the public.

T his workshop will focus on the Chattahoochee River Corridor. To fully appreciate and protect this incredible water resource in Peachtree Corners' backyard, we need to be aware of how our everyday activities can affect the water quality of the river. You will also learn about the BacteriALERT program.

For questions contact Melissa Schwartz at  mschwartz@peachtreecornersga.gov
Gas Company Replacing Pipes throughout City

Atlanta Gas Light is working throughout Peachtree Corners neighborhoods and businesses to replace portions of its old pipes with newer, technologically advanced plastic pipe.

The work includes replacing gas mains and service lines. The gas main replacement work typically occurs in the road right-of-way, just inside or outside of the street's edge. The individual service line connecting your home or business will likely need replacing as well. If required, the service replacement will extend from the gas main on road right-of-way to the gas meter serving your home or business. 

This is an Atlanta Gas Light project, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact AGL directly at 404-584-3142 or via email at  vintageplastic@aglresources.com.

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Spread the Word - Post Your Non-Profit Event on the City Calendar
 
Do you have a non-profit event that's open to everyone to attend? Use  the city's community calendar to help spread the word. 

The event must take place in the Peachtree Corners city limits unless it's for one of the public schools that serves Peachtree Corners students.

It's easy to post news of upcoming events, just visit  www.peachtreecornersga.gov , click on the "Residents" tab, then select "Community Calendar" in the pull down menu.

Be sure to read the "Submission Requirements" first.

Great Turnout for City's First Shredding and Recycling Events

The city recently held shredding and recycling events three Saturdays in a row and by every measure, it was a great success.

Over 23,000 pounds of recycling material was dropped off and over 24,000 pounds of paper was shredded.   PROSHRED Security and eWasteePlanet provided the services on Sept. 17 and 24. The recycling and shredding events were offered to residents free of charge.

eWasteePlanet also accepts recycling materials daily at its Peachtree Corners location, 6670 Jones Mill Court, Suite G. The service is free (except for a $10 charge per piece for CRT TVs or monitors). A bin to drop off small loads is available 24/7, for larger loads call 404-295-9220 or email info@ewasteplanet.com to schedule a pickup. A list of accepted items for recycling is located on the  company's website.

PROSHRED Security accepts items for shredding Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The company is located at 5980 Unity Drive, Suite D in Norcross. Boxes dropped off for shredding are secured in locked bins and are shredded within 24 hours. A certificate of destruction is sent the following day. There is a $25 charge for the first file box and $10 for additional file boxes.  Find more information on   PROSHRED Security's website or call 678-580--1155.
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From the Building Department

Helpful Home Safety Tips for the Fall
        
The crisp weather and color-changing leaves make it a great time to spruce up your home.

Fall and winter is the time of year when we tend to plug in a lot more devices. It's important to test all smoke alarms and have a family fire drill. Remember to replace used and expired fire extinguishers as well. 

Here are some autumn safety tips for your home, for a safe and enjoyable fall season .

Code Enforcement News
Where Can Political Signs be Posted? 

As elections draw near, please be aware it's illegal to post signs in the public right of way.  To determine public right of way, a rule of thumb is to identify the area between the edge of the street and utility poles. 
Prohibited signs and sign locations:
1. Signs placed in street right-of-ways, in medians, or on any public property (park, library, post office, city hall, etc.) 
2. Signs attached to traffic control devices such as speed limit or stop signs, portable trailer, curb or A-frame type signs, and streamers
3. Roof signs 
4. Moving signs 
5. Sign placed on private property without the owner's permission

This is not the sign ordinance in its entirety. If you have questions, contact the Code Enforcement Department at 678-691-1200.
City Adds 34 New Businesses in September

Peachtree Corners City Hall processed new business tax certificates for a variety of businesses last month including a fine arts school, travel agency and several restaurants.

See the complete list of 34 businesses along with contact information.
Calling All U.S. Veterans

Are you a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces - or do you have a spouse or family member who has served our country?   If so, the city would like to hear from you. 

Plans to create a monument to honor Peachtree Corners veterans are underway. The monument will be located on the Town Green of the city's new Town Center and is expected to be complete in the fall of 2017.  View the plans for the Peachtree Corners Veterans Monument at   www.ptcvets.net.

Veterans and families we are asking that you send in your name and contact information including the branch of service and years served. Please include a daytime phone number. E mail info to Judy Putnam, Communications Director at   jputnam@peachtreecornersga.gov  or call 770-609-8821.

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'Give Hunger the Boot' Food Drive Ends Oct. 22

As part of the annual Great Days of Service, Gwinnett Municipal Association (GwMA) has challenged the county's 16 cities to a friendly competition to collect non-perishable food to benefit local food banks.

Cities across the county are gearing up for the drive - including Peachtree Corners - and all for a good cause. The program titled "Give Hunger the Boot" is a combined effort to collect food items to be donated to programs which serve those in our community in need.

Holiday Parade Update - New Date, New Time and New Location for 2016

This year's parade, HOLIDAY GLOW IN THE CORNERS, will be held on Saturday, November 26, 2016, and will be combined with the annual lighting of the tree in  The Forum  shopping center.

The lighting of the tree at The Forum has been moved from its traditional Friday evening time to Saturday evening so that it can be combined with parade activities.  

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From Gwinnett Fire & Rescue

Outdoor Burn Ban Lifted

The annual ban on outdoor burning came to a close on Oct. 1. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources - Environmental Protection Division, restricts open burning during warm weather months in metro Atlanta and larger counties to comply with Federal Clean Air Regulations.

But there are certain times during the outdoor burning period that may be designated as a "NO BURN" day due to Georgia Forestry Commission - Red Flag Warnings.

Wind and climate conditions may limit the number of days that outdoor burning is allowed. Due to the potential health risk for residents, outdoor burning may also be restricted in certain areas of the county where a medical burn ban is imposed.

  Read more for the types of fires that are allowed without a permit.
From Gwinnett County Police Department
You Could Be Fined Up to $1,000 for Passing a School Bus

It is against the law for a car to pass a bus that is stopped with its lights flashing and stop sign arm extended. Police are reminding drivers that traffic in both directions must stop for a school bus if there is no dividing median on the road.

The fine for illegally passing a Georgia school bus that is stopped with flashing lights can be up to $1,000.00.

Other penalties include a mandatory court appearance; up to six points on your driving record; and a possible license suspension for drivers under 21 years old. Also keep in mind; school buses are now equipped with cameras that will show anyone passing the bus while it is loading/unloading children. 
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In addition to the e-newsletter, you will find news and announcements posted on the city's website, www.peachtreecornersga.gov. Please take a moment and visit the website between issues to keep up with the "News from Around the Corners."   

Judy Putnam, Communications Director

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