Peachtree City UPDATES – Week of Jan. 31, 2011

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Council looking at building permit fees in tomorrow's workshop, Sims Road extension and tree removal moratorium on Thursday. Plus, survey still underway, Library e-books, and the November municipal election.

City Council Workshop Tomorrow
The Mayor & Council will hold a workshop on Tuesday, February 1, 6:30 p.m., at City Hall to discuss changes to residential and commercial Building Permit fees, the Fire Department dive team, Fire Department work schedule, The Gathering Place business plan, and the Kedron bubble replacement timeline. The public is invited to attend, and the agenda and packet are available at www.peachtree-city.org/councilagenda.

City Council Meeting Thursday
The Mayor & Council will meet in regular session on Thursday, February 3, 7:00 p.m., at City Hall. The agenda includes a variance request for a batting cage at the Baseball Soccer Complex, the Sims Road extension, and a proposed moratorium on tree removal permits. The public is welcome. The meeting will be streamed live and available on demand at www.peachtree-city.org/video. The complete agenda and packet are available at www.peachtree-city.org/councilagenda.

City Council Special Called Meeting on Saturday
The Mayor & Council will hold a special called meeting on Saturday, February 5, 1:00 p.m., at City Hall to enter Executive Session on a personnel matter. Executive Session meetings are not open to the public, but any votes would have to be made in regular session.

Peachtree City Council Election
On November 8, Peachtree City residents will vote to fill two City Council seats, Post 1 and Post 2. These seats have four-year terms. To run, candidates must be at least 21 years old, a qualified elector (registered voter), and have lived in Peachtree City for at least six months prior to the election. Voter Registration for the November 8 election will close on October 11. A run-off election, if necessary, will be held on December 6. The election will be conducted by the Fayette County Board of Elections.

Candidates may announce at any time, but must file a Declaration of Intent with City Hall prior to accepting any campaign contributions. Candidates must also file regular reports with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission (www.ethics.ga.gov). Candidates officially qualify to be placed on the ballot during the week of August 29 (beginning at 8:30 a.m.) to September 2 (ending at 4:30 p.m.) at City Hall. At that time, candidates will complete the qualifying form and pay the $180.00 qualifying fee to be placed on the ballot. Please contact Betsy Tyler if you have questions about becoming a candidate.

E-books available through the Peachtree City Library
There are 300 e-books now available through Georgia Download Destination (GADD). As members of the Peachtree City Library, residents can access these titles using their library card number and PIN number (Library Selection: Flint River Regional Library). The initial titles are "teasers" of more to come. There is a list of compatible devices on GADD's website, including the Barnes & Noble NOOK and the Sony Reader (Kindle currently does not offer library service at this time). Most users will need to install a free download of Adobe Digital Editions to their home PC first, and then transfer the titles from their PC to their portable device. For more information, visit http://gadd.lib.overdrive.com.

Last week, 876 residents took the 2011 Resident Survey. Did you?
The City of Peachtree City wants to know what all its residents think about the way the City is operated and how tax dollars are spent. Residents can take the online survey by visiting www.peachtree-city.org and selecting the Annual Resident Survey option from the main page. For those unable to take the survey online, printed copies are available at City Hall, the Peachtree City Library, and The Gathering Place. Both versions provide space to comment on any additional issues that may be of concern. Survey responses will be accepted through February 28, and results will be presented to the Mayor and City Council at the 2011 Retreat, which has tentatively been scheduled for the end of March.

2011 Senior Homestead Exemption – register by March 1 at City Hall
Peachtree City is still accepting the annual applications for the Senior Homestead Exemption. Qualifying seniors (65 or older earning $30,000 or less in household income) must apply each year for the exemption. The registration card, available at City Hall, must be submitted by Tuesday, March 1. Seniors who have not completed their taxes by that date will have until Friday, April 22, to bring in proof of 2010 income for their card already on file by March 1. For more information, please visit peachtree-city.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=528, email Betsy Tyler at info@peachtree-city.org, or call 770-487-7657.

Don’t Forget . . .

Fayette County Commissioners Workshop – Wednesday, February 2, 3:30 p.m., in the Commission Chambers at 140 Stonewall Avenue, Suite 100, in Fayetteville. Commission agendas are posted at www.fayettecountyga.gov/administration/BOC/county_commission_meetings.htm .

Scouting for Food Drive – Saturday, February 5 & 12. The Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of Fayette County will be conducting their annual Scouting for Food service project in February. Scouts will be in neighborhoods distributing bags on February 5 and collecting the bags filled with non-perishable food donations on February 12 to help replenish food bank stores.

McIntosh Chiefs Basketball – Saturday, February 5, McIntosh hosts Northgate Vikings at the MHS Gym. Come support the Chiefs basketball teams by wearing all black to the last home game of the season. Noon – 9th grade Boys; 1:30 p.m. – JV Girls, 3:00 p.m. – JV Boys; 4:30 p.m. – Varsity Girls; and 6:00 p.m. – Varsity Boys. Bring the family.

Severe Weather Awareness Week Tornado Drill – Wednesday, February 9, approximately 9:00 a.m. Severe Weather Awareness Week is February 6 – 12. Fayette County will participate in the statewide tornado drill on Wednesday, February 9, at approximately 9:00 a.m. At that time, to ensure that the siren system is functioning correctly, the 911 Center will sound the severe weather sirens. If severe weather threatens on Wednesday, February 9, the drill will be moved to Friday, February 11 at the same time. Please do not call 911 during the test.

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