Parking ban enacted behind McIntosh HS

School has more room for golf carts, improved policies

Students at McIntosh High School will no longer be able to park on streets behind the school for safety reasons, but they will enjoy expanded on-campus parking for golf carts this year.
The Peachtree City Council voted Thursday to ban parking on both sides of Prime Point, Petrol Point and Stevens Entry near the school.

This summer the school added 181 new golf cart parking spaces to help with the vehicle crunch. The city also plans to use a grace period so students can adjust to the street parking ban before citations are issued.

An engineering review conducted by the city showed that the parked cars and golf carts were causing safety problems for motorists patronizing businesses and driving through the area. The vehicles were obstructing the views and traffic flow, the review determined.

The parking ban is supported by school administration, the board of education and also businesses in the area who were surveyed by Peachtree City police officers. The school has changed some of its parking permit policies to accommodate the elimination of on-street parking as well, noted Peachtree City Police Chief H.C. “Skip” Clark.

City Manager Jim Pennington credited the issue being resolved through cooperation between the school and the city.

It will cost about $2,500 for the additional “no parking” sign plus another $600 to paint a few on-street parking spots along Prime Point, according to city staff.

Although traffic safety in the area was the main problem, several business owners also complained of littering, loitering and trespassing by students who park on the street and walk to school, city officials have said.

In 2002, the city council lowered the golf cart driving age to 15, which resulted in a large number of students being able to drive to school on their own. The number of golf cart drivers swelled to the point that the school built its own golf cart parking lot.

To qualify for the privilege, 15-year-old golf cart drivers must have their own driver’s license permit from the state. City ordinance also limits 15-year-old cart drivers to carrying only one other passenger who must be at least 15 years old, although they can also drive up to three immediate family members.

Two years ago, the city banned parking on an area of the golf cart path located near the school, as students had taken to leaving their carts along the path each day. That practice drew complaints from residents in the area about the path being blocked and litter being left in the area.

For more information about the city’s cart paths and rules, visit http://www.peachtree-city.org/index.aspx?NID=216.

There was also some discussion Thursday about creating a small section of on-street parking along Prime Point in front of the Ashley Glen assisted living facility, but the company needs to take several steps before that can be considered, according to city staff.

g8trgrl
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McIntosh High School golf cart parking

At least they get to drive their golf carts to school.....wish SMHS could.....

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No assigned parking?

Here's a thought.....ride the BUS!

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Exactly what I was thinking.

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MHS Parking

The chicken finally came home to roost. This situation was predicted when McIntosh built the current athletic facility. Prior to its construction, the spot where that gym was built was student parking. When the gym was proposed, many people predicted the parking issue would get worse and continue to be a problem. The powers-that-be, including the students and their families, said that the gym should take precedence. Okay, there it is.

And as someone who patronizes at least two businesses in the area behind MHS, I can attest the golf carts ARE a hazard, ESPECIALLY in the afternoons. The best evidence for making the minimum driving age 21 can be seen every weekday after school in the areas around MHS. The golf carts are definitely an issue that even the most aware driver must contend with in afternoons. Businesses have a vested interest in making sure their customers can come and go without undue aggravation or risk.

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Lack of parking spaces at MHS

Apparently, McIntosh sold more tags than they have spaces. Because of this, for the first time, they are not assigning parking spaces--it's first come, first serve. Bummer for the kids who have off-campus AP or dual-ennrollment classes. Bummer for the seniors who would like to be recognized in some small way. Should be an eventful first week of school, especially since they are beginning re-paving Peachtree Parkway from Hwy 54 to 74 next week. Obviously, the powers that be who make these decisions do not have students at MHS.

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More of the same from Policetree City

Can John Munford not write an honest article or can he only regurgitate the city spin?

Why are the police surveying area businesses? What caused this safety issue - golf carts have been parking there for years. Who was injured or died?

Let's be honest - this city has developed a pattern of making life difficult for our kids. There may be 181 new spaces, but unless I'm mistaken the city has done away with more than that amount of student parking in the last couple of years, both on adjoining roads and through legal action, passing an ordinance outlawing parking in the woods adjacent to the school so they could police our kids there.

Those of you looking to raise kids in Peachtree City might do better to look elsewhere.

Steve

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This is so long overdue

The school collects $50. per cart per year and $60. per car per year or $100. for cart and car. This maneuver will generate at least, oh let's say a very conservative $5,000 per year for the BOE.

Is the BOE going to foot the expense of the $3,100 for parking signs and striping? Or is PTC going to foot this expense? Seems to me if the BOE collects the money, then the BOE should pay the bill. If not, PTC taxpayers are getting ripped off.

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Golf Cart Parking

I think this parking ban is a good thing. It was bad enough when the carts were parking on Prime Point, but when they started parking on Stevens Entry, it became even more of a problem. However, I am surprised that there was room for the additional 181 golf cart spaces mentioned in the article. I'm glad that my student has already purchased a parking permit, and hope that the administration at McIntosh are vigilant about not allowing students who do not have a golf cart permit to park on campus.

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MCG, there are not enough golf cart spaces to meet the demand. Vigilant enforcing misses the point. Those kids who cannot get a pass must either ride the bus or get rides from parents (assuming they're too far to walk). Both of those methods demand a higher cost in resources - gas, time, equipment, etc. We should be making it easier for golf cart commuters, but this city and cop squad has specifically worked to make it more difficult.

Steve

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Steve, it is probably true that there are not going to be enough golf cart spaces to meet demand. However, I am hoping for vigilant enforcing so that those students who have paid for the privilege of parking on campus will have a place to park. If they have paid for a permit it is not fair for those without permits to take up the limited amount of spaces. Juniors and seniors had the opportunity to buy permits last May, and all students had the opportunity to buy a permit in June. They can also still buy a permit this week at orientation, subject to availabilty. If they chose not to take advantage of the opportunity to buy a permit, then that is the choice they made. It would have been helpful if the decision to ban parking on the streets had been made sooner, but it has seemed to me for the last year or two that it would only be a matter of time until this decision was made.
As far as the bus goes, one of my children rode the bus the first two years of high school; what is your objection to students riding the bus? Many of the high school busses run almost empty, so adding some more students on the bus would actually be a better use of our resources.

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