Mayor Mike Mason
From the Mayor's Desk
Home Values Increase in Communities with Multi-Use Trails
The idea of creating a multi-use trail to crisscross throughout the city came about during the Livable Cities Initiative study that took place in 2013. 

When city leaders asked residents whether to incorporate multi-use trails throughout Peachtree Corners, the idea was met with an enthusiastic "yes."

Adding community trails has become a national trend as more and more residents embrace the idea of connecting neighborhoods to neighborhoods, and more support the idea of having the option of walking or bicycling to local shops, restaurants and work.

Planning for the Future
City's New  Startup Incubator Opening Soon

In 2015, the City of Peachtree Corners worked with Georgia Tech's Enterprise Innovation Institute to investigate the community's readiness for a startup incubator program, and what they found was hundreds of excited, eager entrepreneurs, business owners, investors, community leaders, and citizens ready to support establishing a startup incubator in Peachtree Corners.

In response to this demand, the City of Peachtree Corners partnered with Georgia Tech's Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) to offer its nationally-recognized education and resources for the city's startups. 

Gas Company to Replace Pipes throughout City

In the coming months, Atlanta Gas Light will be working throughout Peachtree Corners neighborhoods and businesses to replace portions of its old pipes with newer, technologically advanced plastic pipe.

The work will include 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 

New Street Lights to be Installed

The city is adding street lights to Medlock Bridge Road (between Spalding Drive and S.R. 141) and on Lou Ivy Road. Georgia Power will be installing the new lights; the work is expected to be complete by Sept. 17.
 
The city is responsible for lighting the main roads , however, that does not include subdivisions or neighborhoods.  For subdivisions and neighborhoods, residents are required to pay for the installation and ongoing cost of electricity. 
Town Center Update

Construction on the 20+ acre site is expected to get underway this fall (2016). The developer, Fuqua Development, is currently in the process of coordinating and finalizing multiple leases.

The Town Center will feature restaurants, retail shops, a 2-acre Town Green and over 70 townhomes. For  questions about the Town Center, please contact the city's  Community Development Director, Diana Wheeler .
Peachtree Corners Named One of Top Cities to Live in Georgia
 
In an August 2016 online report, Peachtree Corners was ranked 12th as one of the top choices to live in Georgia. Gwinnett County's largest city received an overall "A+" rating with top marks in a number of categories including education, safety, jobs, commute time and family amenities.
 
The report by Niche.com, a ranking and review site, uses data from a number of sources including the U.S. Education, U.S. Census Bureau the FBI's Uniform Crime Report and others.
 
The report offered opportunities for residents to rate and comment on their city in a number of categories. Comments included:  "It's great place to live" and "Great shopping and restaurants. There are a lot of neat projects under way by the city." 
 
Residents also gave "excellent" marks to police and fire protection, street repair/maintenance, park maintenance, public libraries and trash and recycling collection.
 

Two Peachtree Corners Residents to Serve on County's Transportation Selection Committee
 
Residents Sherry Ferguson and Alan Kaplan were selected from among their peers to serve on Gwinnett County's Citizens Project Selection Committee. The committee was formed to review transportation projects for 2017 SPLOST funding and recommend funding allocations and priorities to Gwinnett County officials. Voters will consider the proposed 2017 SPLOST in a ballot referendum on the Nov. 8 General Election.

"Identifying transportation projects is an important step in ensuring our city and Gwinnett County continues to improve transportation throughout the area," said Mayor Mike Mason.

Announcing City's First Recycling/Shredding Day                

On  Saturday, September 10, 2016, the City of Peachtree Corners will hold its first ever Recycling event. 

Residents of Peachtree Corners will be able to recycle electronics and shred those unwanted and no longer needed documents.

Halocarbon Relocates Corporate Headquarters to Peachtree Corners 
 
One of the world's leading producers of specialty fluorochemicals, Halocarbon, selected Peachtree Corners to relocate its headquarters. 

Formerly based in New Jersey, the company cited the city's strategic location and skilled workforce as the reason for selecting Peachtree Corners. The company will relocate its corporate management of 10 executives and support staff to 6525 The Corners Parkway.

"Halocarbon's decision to invest in Peachtree Corners speaks to the strength of our community and the economic vitality of this area," said Mayor Mike Mason.
Community Development Director Diana Wheeler challenges students with a visioning exercise .
Internship Offers Students Introduction to City Government

For nine weeks, six high school students from Gwinnett County participated in a cohort-style student government experience at the City of Peachtree Corners.

The on-site educational program was aimed at educating students about the different areas of government and exposing them to the challenges of running a city. Norcross High School students Jonathon Finol, Lydia Gratwick, and Jeremy Fortin as well as Christian Jamison, who attends the Gwinnett School of Math and Science and Technology participated in the program.


Just a reminder ... be sure to check both the city calendar and the community calendar located on the city's website for upcoming events. Use the links below to check out the activities for the coming months. 

The city calendar lists upcoming meetings and city events and is located on the homepage.

The community calendar is open for residents to use and is located in the "Residents" tab.
From the Building Department
What are the Benefits of Building Green?                        

Building green means living better, smarter and healthier. Just by choosing energy-efficient building materials and supplies, homeowners can make positive changes to both the inside and outside environments, creating homes that are better for you and our world.

Building green does not necessarily mean starting from scratch or spending more money. There are many ways to improve the green factor in existing homes by using longer-lasting and sustainable materials.
Code Enforcement News
Guidelines for Basketball Goals 

No accessory structure/uses except driveways, mailboxes or landscaping shall be located in the public right-of-way.  Basketball goals cannot be placed and/or left in the right-of-way/street.

Per City Code - accessory structure/uses customarily located within front or side yards of residences may include but shall not be limited to the following: walls and fences, mailboxes, driveways, walkways, lamp posts, landscaping and vegetable gardens provided they do not exceed 30 percent of the front yard, signs meeting the standards of the City Sign Ordinance and basketball goals adjacent to driveways. Contact Code Enforcement at 678-691-1200 for questions.

Please help to keep our children and our streets safe and place basketball goals out of the right-of-ways.
Curbside Yard Trimming Pickup Service Reminder

If you have added Waste Pros Yard Trimming P ickup Service, please remember it includes up to ten (10) bags per household. 

Residents may also use a labeled container (marked yard trimmings) for yard waste pickup. Also accepted: bundled sticks no longer than three (3) feet) and 50 lb. limit (per bundle). 
City Adds 27 New Businesses in August

Peachtree Corners City Hall processed new business tax certificates for a variety of businesses last month including a landscaping service, home health care and a restaurant.

See the complete list of 27 businesses along with contact information.
Honoring Vietnam Veterans
 
In conjunction with the 2015 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War, the State of Georgia wants to honor every veteran who served during that conflict.

To accomplish this goal, the Georgia Department of Veterans Service (GDVS), in partnership with the Office of the Governor, created and launched the Vietnam War Certificate of Honor program in spring 2015.  Every Georgia veteran with honorable service during the Vietnam War is eligible to receive this certificate (This includes vets with service in country and those who served in other capacities around the world). 

Each certificate is personalized with the veteran's name, rank, branch of service, and dates of service printed over the Seal of the State of Georgia and includes the official U.S. Department of Defense's Vietnam War Commemorative Partner logo under the signatures of Governor Deal and the GDVS Commissioner. Eligible dates of service:  June 1, 1954 to May 15, 1975. (Verified by a copy of your DD214)

If you are interested in receiving this certificate, please email pcvma@comcast.net and let us know. We will send further information.

Thank you for your service.
Bob Ballagh, Executive Director, Peachtree Corners Veterans Monument Association 
www.ptcvets.net
Learn More about County's Fire Department
On Saturday, Sept. 17 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. the Gwinnett County Fire Department, Station No. 4, will be at Atlanta Bread Co.

It's a chance to chat with first responders, ask questions and show your support for the work they do for all of us.
They will bring one of their fire trucks for "show and tell" for kids of all ages. Questions? Contact John De Lucia .
General Election Voting Schedule

The General Elections are set for Tuesday, Nov. 8.
The polls open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m.  To locate your precinct, please visit Gwinnett County's Polling Place Locator page.

If you have not registered to vote, the deadline is Oct. 11, 2016.  For information regarding voter registration or absentee balloting, please visit the  Voter Registration  or  Absentee Voting  webpage or call 678-226-7210.

Light Up the Corners Draws Record Crowds

The 4th annual Light Up The Corners Twilight Trot and 4 Mile Glow Run, held August 13 at The Forum, set a record for number of participants (969), number of spectators lining the course, number of volunteers (100+), and money raised (net = $25,000) for the Fowler YMCA's Why It Matters campaign.  

Money raised for this important campaign allows struggling youth and families in our community to benefit from the life-changing programs and services at the Fowler YMCA.
 
Every year, this event attracts people of all ages.  The youngest registered participant was 2 years old, and the oldest was 85. The event is quickly becoming one of the most popular traditions in Peachtree Corners, and a unique and exciting event for people of all ages.   
 
Congratulations to Simpson Elementary  (a special thanks to team leader and teacher Amy Boalch) who won the Spirit Award for having the largest team (84 members!). Honorable mention went to Wesleyan School for having 71 students, family members, and faculty participate.   Finishers' times.
From Gwinnett County Police Department
Stranger Safety Tips for Kids

Parents need to discuss the importance of not talking to strangers and what their children should do if approached by anyone.

Have a plane and practice that plan with your children, such as where their safe place is they can go to if needed or trusted people they can tell.
From Gwinnett Fire & Rescue
How to prepare for an emergency

September is recognized as National Preparedness Month which means it's time to make sure your family is prepared for all types of emergency situations.

Following are tips for keeping your home and family safe.


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Judy Putnam, Communications Director

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