Mayor Mike Mason
From the Mayor's Desk
Transportation Projects Planned to Ease Congestion
Since incorporating four years ago, improving traffic in Peachtree Corners has been one of the city's top priorities. 

A number of projects to improve intersections, traffic congestion and pedestrian safety are scheduled to begin this year. The city has also completed projects such as installing new sidewalks and resurfacing a number of city streets.

To go a step further, in May the city launched a Comprehensive Transportation Plan which will be the city's 20-year guide for planning traffic, pedestrian, bicycle, and transit facilities improvements.
 
To help with planning, the city will be seeking your input by holding several open house events in the coming months so that you may provide input and submit recommendations. 
Introducing the City's Newest Councilmember
Eric Christ, was elected May 24 as the new Councilmember for Post 2.
Neely Farm Resident, Eric Christ elected as New Post 2 Councilmember

Peachtree Corners resident, Eric Christ won the Post 2 city council seat in the special election held May 24.

A resident since 1998, Christ lives in the Neely Farm subdivision with his wife, Maureen McIvor, an instructor at the Robert D. Fowler YMCA, and their two daughters, a senior at Norcross High School and an 8th grader at Pinckneyville Middle School.
Christ has served as Vice Chairman of the city's Zoning Board of Appeals since Peachtree Corners was founded in 2012.
 
He is currently the CEO of a local healthcare software company. He has served in senior management and marketing positions with several Georgia-based information technology companies during his 25-year business career.
 
Christ holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Georgetown University and an MBA from Emory University.

He will officially be sworn in on June 21 during the next City Council meeting.
The incubator will provide space, expertise to help entrepreneurs launch and scale their startups.
Business Incubator Sneak-Peek Draws Large Crowd

Organizers were anticipating 75 - 100 to attend the Wednesday, May 25, sneak peek at the new business incubator that the City of Peachtree Corners plans to open in July. Instead, the event drew nearly 200 who were eager to learn more about the city's plans.

They came to learn more and to sign up for a seat in the new 12,000 square-foot space where the new incubator will be housed. The former office space, located directly below City Hall, is currently being renovated to accommodate the new incubator which has been named Prototype Prime.



Volunteer Needed for Zoning Board of Appeals 

The City of Peachtree Corners is seeking to fill a vacancy on the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). This is a non-pay, volunteer position. 
The ZBA is a quasi-judicial board that meets at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month for 2 -3 hours and reviews cases for variances from the city's zoning code. You may find additional information on the city's website.

If interested in applying for this position, please submit your resume to dwheeler@peachtreecornersga.gov. Resumes will be accepted through 6/30/16.

Street Repaving Work Underway
City Streets Scheduled for Resurfacing

Phase 1 of the city's street resurfacing project has recently been completed. Phase 2, which includes 39 residential streets, will begin this month.

Following is the list of streets. For questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 678-691-1200.

Storm Drain Stenciling Volunteer Event Set for June 18
 
The city is holding its first Storm Drain Stenciling project on Saturday, June 18 from 9 a.m. - 12 noon.

The project includes Chattahoochee Station and a portion of Neely Farm depending on the number of volunteers.

Volunteers will meet at Holcomb Bridge Park at 9:00 a.m.; coffee, hot chocolate and water will be provided.  A brief stenciling demonstration will take place and all volunteers will be given traffic vests, gloves and supplies.  Door hangers will be supplied for each home in the subdivisions, stenciling kits will contain stencils, paint, door hangers and gloves. Volunteers are asked to bring brooms, paper towels and trash bags.  

For questions, send an email to Melissa Schwartz at  mschwartz@peachtreecornersga.gov.  
Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, northbound at Peachtree Corners Circle Bridge.
Fields of Flowers
 
Have you seen the colorful field of wild flowers growing along the side of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard?

Look for the bright display both north and southbound just before you cross under the Peachtree Corners Circle/Jones Mill Road bridge.

Thanks goes out to Travis Pearson, the city's Field Services Manager, for snapping the photo.
More New Sidewalks to be Installed in 2016
Sidewalks are planned along Jay Bird Alley from Peachtree Parkway to Crooked Creek Road in Fall 2016. Additionally, sidewalk projects are planned in Fiscal Year 2017 in these areas:

1. Technology Parkway north of Westech Drive
2. Technology Parkway, south side from Peachtree Parkway north to the existing sidewalk
3. Jay Bird Alley - east side from Crooked Creek to Spalding Drive 
4. Along Crooked Creek Road from Creekstone Drive to Spalding Drive
5. Along Spalding Drive from Crooked Creek Road to Engineering Drive
6. Jimmy Carter Blvd. - south side from LA Fitness to Holcomb Bridge Road
7. Crooked Creek Road - north side from Holcomb Bridge Road to Woodmont Blvd.
8. Holcomb Bridge Road - south side from Jimmy Carter Blvd. to Views Trace Drive

Find more Public Works information on the city's website, www.peachtreecornersga.gov. Locate the "Departments" tab at the top of the page, then click on "Public Works" in the pulldown menu.

A Big Thanks to City's Hard Working Poll Workers 

After spending more than three weeks working 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. during Early Voting and then another 12 + hours working on Election Day, the city's poll workers were still smiling after a very long day. 

"We are so appreciative of their dedication to serve their city," said Kym Chereck, the Election Superintendent for the City. "Because of their hard work, the special election to elect a new councilmember went very smoothly."
Following is a list of the men and women who served as poll workers:

Sue Bailey                                                        Carol Hays, Poll Manager
Alsie Churchman                                              Gary Hays
Betsy Dodson                                                   Kathy Saba
David Dodson                                                   Jenny Shell
Carey Drake                                                     Julie Sukenik

For questions or information, please send an email to Kym Chereck, kchereck@peachtreecornersga.gov
Please plan on attending a presentation on the proposed pedestrian bridge to review design options, Thursday, June 23, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
Mayor Mike Mason presents Ringo McCollum, the city's Building Official, with a proclamation.
City Recognizes Building Safety Month
 
At the May City Council Meeting, Mayor Mike Mason presented the city's Building Official, Ringo McCollum, with a Proclamation in support of Building Safety Month.
 
May is Building Safety Month and provides an opportunity for a public awareness campaign to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures. 

The campaign reinforces the need for adoption of modern, model building codes, a strong and efficient system of code enforcement and a well-trained, professional workforce to maintain the system.
 
Building Safety Month is sponsored by the International Code Council to remind the public about the critical role of our communities' largely unknown guardians of public safety - our local code officials - who assure us of safe, efficient and livable buildings.
 
Public Works Director Greg Ramsey accepts proclamation from Mayor Mike Mason.

Public Works Safety Month Recognized
 
At the May City Council Meeting, Mayor Mike Mason presented the city's Public Works Director, Greg Ramsey, with a Proclamation in support of Public Works Week.

The week is set aside each May to celebrate of the tens of thousands of men and women throughout the country who provide and maintain the infrastructure and services collectively known as public works.  
Instituted as a public education campaign by the American Public Works Association (APWA) in 1960, NPWW calls attention to the importance of public works in community life. The Week seeks to enhance the prestige of the often-unsung heroes of our society-the professionals who serve the public good every day with quiet dedication.

This year marks the 56th annual Public Works Week and we urge all of our citizens to join with the American Public Works Association in honoring our public works professionals, engineers and administrators, and in recognizing the substantial contributions they have made to our community's health and welfare.
Stay Safe in an Emergency - Make Sure Your Emergency Phone Alerts Are Enabled
 
Did you know that you can receive up-to-the-minute local alerts delivered directly to your smartphone during a major emergency or threatening incident?
 
The Gwinnett County Office of Emergency Management has tapped into an existing feature on cellular telephones that alerts users when an imminent threat to safety occurs in their area. The new wireless emergency alerts will be sent by the County to all wireless phones that are located in close proximity to an emergency in Gwinnett.
 
Alerts will include the time and type of alert and any action residents and visitors in the affected area should take. The messages will not duplicate AMBER alerts or extreme weather mesĀ­sages from the National Weather Service.
 
The alerts will be sent when emergency events-such as an earthquake, imĀ­mediate evacuation, fire, or hazardous materials leak or spill-pose a threat to life.  To ensure that you receive these lifesaving alerts, make sure the emergency alerts feature is enabled and activated on your mobile device.  Learn more about wireless emergency alerts.

Building or Remodeling Your Home?
From the Building Department

Do you have a question about rebuilding your deck or re-roofing your house? Now the answer is just a phone call away. 

The city has recently added an " Ask the Inspector" line. The city's two inspectors are available to answer your questions - and if they're not able to take your call, they'll will return your call the same day.
Get help with electric, plumbing, heating and air, water heaters, remodeling, repairs and more. 
Ask the Inspector: Call 470-395-7027.
Use City's Fix-It App to Report Road Repairs, Maintenance Issues and More
See a pothole that needs fixing, high grass or weeds that need mowing or a broken street light - now you can report the issue right from your smartphone. 

Citizens may use Peachtree Corners Fix-It, app to report code violations, road repairs and maintenance issues. Residents can upload a photo or video of the problem and mark the geographic location on a map. 

Each request is provided a unique tracking number so the user is able to see when action is taken. The free app can be downloaded to your iPhone, Android, Blackberry or Windows smartphone. Just search for "Peachtree Corners" in the app store. 

Don't have a smartphone? You can also report problems by using the following link on the city's website:   http://peachtreecornersga.gov/residents/report-an-issue-fix-it
Announcing City's First Shredding-Recycling Day

On Saturday, September 10, 2016, the City of Peachtree Corners will hold its first ever recycling and shredding event. Residents of Peachtree Corners will be able to recycle electronics and shred those unwanted and no longer needed documents.
 
City Adds 37 New Businesses in May

Peachtree Corners City Hall processed new business tax certificates for a variety of businesses last month including several restaurants, a women's clothing store and, car wash and a barber shop.

See the complete list of 37 businesses along with contact information.
Update on Veterans Monument Fundraising

The Peachtree Corners Veterans Monument fundraising committee is raising funds for the new Veterans Monument which will be located on the Town Green of the new Town Center. 

To date, $39,000 has been raised - the goal is $350,000.
There are a variety of ways to contribute. One popular choice is to "Donate a Brick Paver." Visit the PTVM website to learn about purchasing a brick to honor a veteran and the other opportunities available. 
Peachtree Corners Festival and Outdoor Concert Set for June 10-12

Get ready to shop, rock and enjoy the weekend at the upcoming 6th annual Peachtree Corners Festival. The dates for this year's festivities are June 10, 11 & 12 and include a free concert on Friday night .

Gates open at 6 p.m. for the Friday evening concert which features On the Border and the opening band,  Guilty Pleasure.

Saturday and Sunday enjoy shopping, a car show, kids activities, food and more entertainment. Visit the festival's website at  www.peachtreecornersfestival.com/ for more information.

Report What You See ... Protect Our Environment
Discharges of any kind to the stormwater system, other than rainwater, are considered an illicit discharge and are in violation of the Illicit Discharge and Illegal Connection (IDIC) Ordinance. 

Peachtree Corners partners with Gwinnett County to protect the stormwater systems within the city. If you notice an illicit discharge occurring, you can report it to the
Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources by calling 678-376-7193. 

Important Fire and Police Safety Tips
Have a Safe, Enjoyable Summer
Remember to include safety when planning outdoor activities and adventures. Read tips for using fireworks, swimming pool safety, beating the summertime heat and more. 

Gwinnett PD - 3rd Largest in State
The GCPD has 784 sworn officers and operates with a budget of $121,602,345. Read more facts and statistics about the police department that serves our city.


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Judy Putnam, Communications Director

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