Peachtree City UPDATES - Week of March 5, 2012

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Election day information, City Council Retreat, greenbelt dumping, graffiti, pill drop, and more . . .

March 6 Presidential Preference Primary
No voting will be held on Monday, March 5. Voters should go to their regular polling places on Tuesday, March 6. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. For poll locations and sample ballots, visit www.sos.ga.gov/mvp.

City Council Retreat this Friday & Saturday
The annual City Council Retreat will be held this Friday & Saturday, March 9 & 10, at City Hall. Discussion topics will include the VC3 Technology Assessment, the proposed Facilities Bond and associated projects list (Friday morning), Public Facilities and Recreation Improvements and budget impacts, the Storm Water Utility and future financing, and the 2013 budget (Friday afternoon), with discussions continuing Saturday morning. Friday morning will kick off at 8:00 a.m. with a meeting of the Peachtree City Government Finance Corporation, followed by an 8:15 a.m. Special Called Meeting of City Council. Retreat begins at 8:30 a.m., and will continue to approximately 5:00 p.m. Saturday hours are expected to be 9:00 a.m. – noon. The public is welcome.

Reminder: No Dumping in Greenbelts
Property owners, residents, and landscaping companies are responsible for ensuring that all yard waste is disposed of in a proper manner. Proper composting techniques, use of the City's recycling center, and contracting with your garbage company are acceptable forms of disposing of yard waste. Dumping yard waste in City greenbelts, landscape buffers, or easements is illegal. It can also lead to a variety of environmental issues such as rodents and flooding. So before you throw your grass clippings across the cart path or dump your branches in the woods, remember it may not even be your property. For more information, please contact Code Enforcement at 770-487-8866.
Contact your garbage company to find out about curbside yard debris pickup – there is a current list of approved residential curbside sanitation companies on the City’s web site at www.peachtree-city.org/garbage. The Peachtree City Recycling Center off Highway 74 S at Rockaway Road is open Wednesdays, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m., and Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Graffiti Incidents - $500 Reward
The Peachtree City Police are investigating several reports of graffiti in multiple locations throughout the city. Not only is graffiti unsightly, but it also has a tremendous economic impact on our city. Each incident requires officers to respond and investigate the crime. Additionally, Public Works staff must then purchase materials and repaint or resurface the affected area. In an effort to stop the graffiti, the Police Department is offering a reward of up to $500 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.
If anyone has information that would assist the Police in this or other incidents, please contact the Criminal Investigations Division at 770-631-2510 or the Crime and Narcotics Information Hotline at (770) 487-6010. You may remain anonymous.

PTC Police Offer MedReturn Prescription Drug Take-Back Program
The Peachtree City Police Department is now able to accept unwanted prescription medications at the Police Department Headquarters, 350 S. Hwy 74. The MedReturn program is very similar to the National Prescription Drug Take Back Days, but allows citizens to dispose of unwanted prescriptions Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The MedReturn container is located in the lobby of PD and is locked at all times, so citizens can be assured that their personal information is safe. As an added security measure, the medications are incinerated on a weekly basis at the facility. The MedReturn Program cannot accept needles/sharps, syringes with needles, thermometers, IV bags, bloody or infectious waste, personal care products, empty containers, inhalers, medical equipment, or hydrogen peroxide.

Poetry at the Peachtree City Library – March 14
The Friends of the Peachtree City Library will present readings by poets Carrie Bennett and Brigitte Bird on Wednesday, March 14, at 7:00 p.m. The program will be held in the Floy Farr Room, lower level of the Library. Carrie Bennett is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the author of Biography of Water. Brigitte Byrd is the author of Song of a Living Room, The Dazzling Land, and Fence above the Sea.

The Fred 2012 Summer Concert Series – Tickets on sale February 27
The Frederick Brown Jr. “The Fred” Amphitheater in Peachtree City is proud to announce the 2012 Lexus of South Atlanta summer concert series under the stars:
• May 5 – Foreigner
• May 12 - Blood Sweat & Tears with Special Guest Chuck Negron
• May 26 - Bret Michaels
• June 23 - Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack.
• July 14 - Richard Marx Solo Show with 20 Strings
• August 11- Billy Ocean
Series ticket renewals for existing series ticket holders will take place February 27- March 9. New series tickets will go on sale March 15 at the Fred Box Office, and on-line with www.ticketalternative.com. Individual concert tickets can be purchased beginning Friday, March 16. For further information including ticket pricing, visit the web site at www.amphitheater.org or call 770-631-0630.

Project Updates:

Landscaping Maintenance Pruning – Peachtree City’s landscaping contractor is performing extensive maintenance pruning in medians and City-maintained subdivision entrances and landscape beds to return shrubs to their appropriate size. The contractor has an arborist on staff, so even though the pruning may seem extreme in some locations, the plants will re-establish in the spring at their intended size.

Wilksmoor Timber Cutting - MacDuff Parkway & Hwy 54 West - The contractor for John Wieland Homes has begun clearing timber (selective timbering, NOT construction clearing) from the property on north MacDuff Parkway (past Centennial / Cedarcroft / Wynnmeade / Chadsworth). Please watch for logging trucks in the area in the coming weeks.

PATH DETOUR – Southside Church on Ebenezer Road - The path entering southern Peachtree City on Ebenezer Road is TEMPORARILY OPEN. The path will be blocked periodically due to construction at the Southside Church site. When the path is closed, path users going to/coming from Ebenezer Road, Strathmore Lane, Creekside Way, and Robinson Bend Trail should use Robinson Bend Trail to The Estates to Loghouse Road to access the path system by Oak Grove Elementary. The project should be completed by mid-April.

Don’t Forget . . .

Peachtree City Water & Sewerage Authority Regular Meeting – Monday, March 5, 6:30 p.m., at the WASA offices at 1127 Hwy. 74 South. The public is welcome.
Fayette County Board of Commissioners Workshop – Wednesday, March 7 – NO WORKSHOP THIS MONTH. For agenda information, visit www.fayettecountyga.gov/administration/BOC/schedule_BOC.htm.

Peachtree City Airport Authority Regular Meeting – Wednesday, March 7 – MEETING RESCHEDULED to March 13.
Fayette County Board of Commissioners Meeting – Thursday, March 8, 7:00 p.m., at 140 Stonewall Ave W in Fayetteville. For agenda information, visit www.fayettecountyga.gov/administration/BOC/schedule_BOC.htm.

City Council Annual Retreat – Friday, March 9, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Saturday, March 10, 9:00 a.m. – noon, at City Hall. The public is welcome.
Oak Grove Elementary “Run for the Gold” 5K/1-mile walk/run – Saturday, March 10, 8:00 a.m., at Oak Grove Elementary (CORRECTED LOCATION). For more information and registration, visit h www.oges.org.

Peachtree City Planning Commission Regular Meeting – Monday, March 12, 7:00 p.m. at City Hall. The public is welcome.

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Traffic Light N Parkway & 54

Is there any plan to bring this light back to function? Is it a DOT experiment to have opposite turn signals be out of sync?

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Bladderq - Traffic Signal Problem

Hi, Bladderq - I've sent this on to our Engineering Department to check out and report to DOT. I just want to confirm that we're talking about Peachtree Parkway at Highway 54 (by Walgreens).

Residents can report traffic problems via the "Report a Problem" button on our web site, www.peachtree-city.org -- a copy goes to both the Police Department and Engineering for follow up (of course, emergencies like blocked roadways, non-functioning signals, or down traffic signs should always be reported to 9-1-1).

Thanks,
Betsy

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Yes that traffic light

(I'd give a shout to Fresh Market), I can't believe the police haven't noticed this as a problem or at least "different".

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Bladderq- Traffic issue (signal changes)

OK - got my answer from PD. Apparently this is the "new normal" along Highway 54 East. This is the response I got from PD after they contacted DOT:

"The left turn lanes on Hwy 54 to turn north or south on Pkwy are reversed on purpose, with Hwy 54 westbound getting a green arrow at the end of the cycle and Hwy 54 eastbound getting one at the beginning of the cycle. According to the DOT subcontractor engineer that set up the sequence on the lights on Hwy 54 east of Lake Peachtree, this was done by design. The light sequence for all the lights from 54 and Peachtree Pkwy east to the city limits (including turn signal timing) was set so that traffic on Hwy 54 heading through here gets green lights instead of stopping at every other intersection for a red light. To accomplish this, they had to offset the turn signals. They also had to readjust some timing of the side roads, which has caused a few complaints from citizens regarding the intersections of Hwy 54 and Robinson Rd. and Hwy 54 at Walt Banks."

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Nicely done Betsy

with the links. Thank you.

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Thanks, MoeLarryCurly!

Thank you!

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