Peachtree City UPDATES - Week of Jan. 9, 2012

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Library closing this weekend (Friday - Monday) for software upgrade, Father/Daughter Dance Registration update, Fire Escape Plans, Fayette Charity Classic, and Spring CERT Class (and the Kedron bubble is going in today!).

Library CLOSED January 13 - 16
The Peachtree City Library will be closed Friday, January 13, through Monday, January 16, for a major upgrade to Evergreen, the software used by the PINES Library Consortium. Please do NOT return any items that weekend - no late fines will accrue during those dates. The library will reopen on Tuesday, January 17 at 10 a.m. The January 15 book signing with poet Pat Butler will be rescheduled.

UPDATE/CORRECTION - Father/Daughter Valentine Dance Registration
Registration is underway for the annual Father/Daughter Valentine’s Dance for girls ages 6 to 12. The event is Saturday, February 4, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., at Kedron Fieldhouse and Aquatic Center. The price is $35 per couple and $15 for each additional daughter (non Fayette County Resident cost is $45). Space is limited, so register now at Kedron Fieldhouse/Aquatic Center or online at http://activenet13.active.com/peachtreecityrec/. Registration for this event is not available at The Gathering Place.

What is Your Family’s Fire Escape Plan?
During a fire, every second counts, so you and your family must be prepared. Escape plans help you get out of your home quickly. In less than 30 seconds, a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for a house to fill with thick black smoke and become engulfed in flames. Prepare and practice your fire escape plan twice a year with everyone in your household, including children and people with disabilities. It's also a good idea to practice your plan with overnight guests. Some tips to consider when preparing your escape plan include:
• Draw a map of each level of your home and show all doors and windows. Find two ways to get out of each room. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.
• Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratory (UL). Use the ladder only in a real emergency.
• Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them.
• Have a plan for everyone in your home who has a disability.
• Practice your fire escape plan at night and during the daytime.

Fayette Charity Classic 10K / 5K / 2K on March 17
Formerly the March For Meals, the Fayette Charity Classic on March 17 will now benefit eight local charities (Fayette Senior Services, AVPride, Fayette Youth Protection Home, CASA, Real Life Center, Fayette FACTOR, Healing Bridge, and Promise Place). The 10K and 5K courses are USA Track & Field (USATF) certified and qualifiers for the Peachtree Road Race. The Fayette Charity Classic will be held on March 17 at 8:00 a.m. at the Fayette County Justice Center complex, 3 Center Drive, Fayetteville. For more information about the event, including how to become a participating charity, sponsor, or volunteer, visit www.fayettecharityclassic.org or call 770-461-0813.

Peachtree City Police Host CERT Class Beginning In February
The Peachtree City Police Department will host a basic Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class beginning February 23. The classes will be held from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. each Thursday for 10 weeks, concluding on April 26. The CERT program is a highly informative and interesting learning experience that offers valuable insight into the first critical hours after an emergency related event. Participants must be at least 18, sign a Waiver of Liability, and will be subject to a criminal history background check as a pre-condition to acceptance into the program. There is no charge to participate, but class size is limited. Applications are available at www.peachtree-city.org/police or at the Peachtree City Library, City Hall, or Police Department and are due by February 15.

Senior Homestead Exemption – Registration Underway Through March 1
Forms for qualifying senior citizens to register for the 2012 Peachtree City Senior Homestead Exemption are now available at City Hall. Peachtree City residents must register each year for the exemption.

Qualifying PTC homeowners must be age 65 by January 1 of 2012 and must already have applied for the standard Homestead Exemption through the Fayette County Tax Commissioners Office. The household income, which must be less than $30,000, will be calculated on the Federal Adjusted Gross Income of the applicant and spouse. The exemption is a flat rate of $5,000 per home, which would amount to a $33 savings in City property taxes under the city’s current millage rate. Qualifying seniors should bring proof of age and income (a copy of their 2011 tax returns) to City Hall, 151 Willowbend Road, in Peachtree City to file for the exemption.

The deadline to file for 2011 is 5:00 PM on Thursday, March 1, 2012. Because the deadline to file taxes is April 15, the City will continue to accept proof of income through April 20, 2012, for those who registered by March 1. Residents with questions may contact City Hall at 770-487-7657 or email info@peachtree-city.org.

Project Updates:

Traffic Advisory for Peachtree Parkway North – The water main has been repaired and both lanes are open, but Peachtree Parkway North will be limited to one lane of traffic when paving can occur (warm temperatures and no rain required for this to happen).

Kedron Pools & Bubble – Bubble installation is underway this week. With additional system testing and construction cleanup, staff expects the pools to reopen by January 31 (but is hoping for as early as January 17). Stay tuned!

Don’t Forget . . .

Peachtree City Water & Sewerage Authority Regular Meeting – Monday, January 9 (Postponed due to holidays), 6:30 p.m., at the WASA offices, 1127 Hwy 74 South. The public is welcome.

Peachtree City Planning Commission Regular Meeting – Monday, January 9 - CANCELLED.

Fayette County Board of Education Regular Meeting – Monday, January 9, 7:00 p.m., at the BOE Offices at 210 Stonewall Avenue W in Fayetteville. More information is available at www.fcboe.org.

Recreation & Special Events Advisory Board Meeting - Thursday, January 12, 6:30 p.m., at City Hall. The public is welcome.

Fayette County Board of Commissioners Meeting – Thursday, January 12, 7:00 p.m., at the County Offices at 140 Stonewall Avenue West in Fayetteville. For agenda information, visit www.fayettecountyga.gov/administration/BOC/schedule_BOC.htm.

Movie Night at PCCC – Friday, January 13, 6:30 p.m., at Peachtree City Christian Church, 500 Kedron Drive. See the movie, Courageous (PG-13). Admission is $1 per person. Childcare will be available (pizza, games & fun included) for a cost of $20 per family with 3 or more children, $15 per family with 2 children, and $7 per family with one child. All proceeds for the childcare will support Joshua's Gift, a ministry to feed needy children in the area. Popcorn & drinks will be available for a nominal charge.

Meet Poet Pat Butler – Sunday, January 15 – POSTPONED to later date.

MLK Holiday - City Offices Closed Monday, January 16. All City Offices will be closed.