PTC to spend $265K on police data system

Thursday night, the Peachtree City Council is slated to consider spending $265,000 on a new records management system for the police department.

The sole-source request from Police Chief H.C. “Skip” Clark is recommended to replace the city’s current electronic records management system software, which is 15 years old.

The main reason for selecting vendor Spillman Technologies is to integrate the system with the network currently being used by all other law enforcement agencies in the county, Clark explained in a memo to council.

The integration of everyone’s data will “greatly enhance public safety, drastically improve our agency efficiency and increase officer safety,” Clark wrote.

In other business, council is expected to renew the moratorium on rezonings seeking a multi-family zoning designation. The moratorium has been renewed annually over a number of years to prevent consideration of multi-family rezonings because of the potential burden to public safety and area schools and the likely increase of traffic congestion among others.

The moratorium does allow a property owner to seek to have it lifted for any particular parcel, but such action must be considered by the city council.

In an unrelated matter, council is also expected to approve a rezoning request that would allow Panasonic to split part of its 60-acre campus to make way for a vendor who will be bringing an estimated 200 high-paying jobs to the city phased in over a period of several years.

The company is also expected to invest more than $1 million in the facility as well, a Panasonic representative has said.

Another item up for discussion is an ordinance amendment that would allow developers to meet their tree replacement requirements by planting them off-site at locations established by the city. The amendment was requested by the city planning commission in recognition of certain sites not having enough area to plant the required number of trees for a given development.

The tree plantings can be used to supplement areas along Peachtree Parkway for example and also perhaps in city parks, officials have said previously.