Peachtree City UPDATES - Week of March 12, 2012

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Big week in Peachtree City, with path closure, high school drama performances at both McIntosh and Starr's Mill, St. Patrick's Day drunk driving enforcement, cart path closure for repairs, an update on the Highway 54 East traffic signal timing (thanks Citizen bloggers), a bike safety event, child car seat checks, and more . . .

City Council Meets Thursday
The Mayor and Council meet this Thursday, March 15, 7:00 p.m., at City Hall. The public is welcome, and the meeting will be streamed live and available on demand at www.peachtree-city.org/video. The agenda includes the bid award for landscaping for the Hwy 74 S sound wall, the reallocation of SPLOST Funds from Redwine/Robinson Roads Intersection to other projects, and intersection improvements at Peachtree Pkwy N and Tinsley Mill and Loring Lane. View the full agenda and packet at www.peachtree-city.org/councilagenda.

CART PATH CLOSURE – Braelinn Village behind Concord Village
The path behind Concord Village Apartments (south of Crosstown between Village Park and Balmoral Village) experienced a stormwater pipe collapse last week. Full repairs will be made this week, and will require the path to be closed for a day (crews will close the path after the start of school and have it reopened before school is out). A detour to the right-of-way will be posted during the closure.

PTC Police Seek Info in Path Robbery – Braelinn Village
On Saturday, March 10, at about 8:00 p.m., police officers responded to Concord Village Apartments (between Balmoral Village and Village Park on Peachtree Parkway south of Crosstown) about an armed robbery. The victims said they were traveling on the path near the apartments and were approach by two men with handguns. The suspects told the victims to hand over their personal property and the key to the golf cart. Following the encounter, the suspects fled on foot in the general direction of Braelinn Village Shopping Center. The suspects were described as being dark-skinned black males, approximately 5’10”- 6’00” tall, wearing all black. If anyone has information that would assist the Police Department in these or other incidents, please contact the Criminal Investigations Division, 770-631-2510.
If you see any suspicious activity (in neighborhoods, shopping areas, or on the paths), please report it by calling 9-1-1 for emergencies or 770-461-HELP for non-emergencies to have an officer dispatched. If you are on the paths, please try to provide the path number, identified by the reflective yellow markers placed approximately every 0.1 miles.

ONE Peachtree City
What is “ONE Peachtree City?” Find out March 19. Until then, visit the ONE Peachtree City Facebook Page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Peachtree-City/388147474535133) and let us know the one thing you love about Peachtree City.

Designate Your Driver for St. Patrick’s Day
Police will be out in force all day and night to crack down on drunk drivers during St. Patrick’s Day weekend, 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 16, to 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 18. If you’ve had too much to drink, make sure you can rely on a sober, designated driver to get you home safely, or download the Georgia Sober ride application for your I-Phone or Android phone. The Peachtree City Police recommend the following easy steps for a safe St. Patrick’s Day:
• Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.
• Before drinking, please designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home.
• Call a cab.
• Use the GOHS sober ride app for a possible free ride home.
• If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement.
• And remember, if you know people who are about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys, and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

Traffic Signals on Highway 54 East – Timing Changes
Peachtree City has received several calls from residents about recent changes to the traffic signal timing on Hwy 54 east of Lake Peachtree. For example, the turn lane arrows onto Peachtree Parkway are no longer simultaneous, and the timing for the side roads at Walt Banks and Robinson Road has changed. According to the Georgia DOT subcontractor engineer who set up the light sequence east of Lake Peachtree, this was done by design (including turn signal timing) to allow traffic on Hwy 54 to get continuous green lights at intersections rather than having to stop at every other intersection for a red light. To accomplish this, they had to offset the turn signals and readjust some timing of the side roads.

4th of July Reminder – Parade Registration Begins June 1
Just a reminder that registration to participate in Peachtree City’s annual 4th of July parade will begin on June 1 with the Peachtree City Recreation & Special Events Department (located at Kedron Fieldhouse on Kedron Drive). The parade, fireworks, and other Independence Day festivities will take place on Wednesday, July 4.

Bike Safety Morning - March 17 at the BMX Track
Peachtree City BMX and Atlanta Trek Bicycles are teaming up to present a BIKE SAFETY morning on Saturday, March 17, 10:00 am. – Noon, at the Peachtree City BMX Track on McIntosh Trail. Participants will learn how to get a bike that “fits,” fitting a helmet, bike maintenance, and changing a flat tire.

PTCBMX will also host an introduction for beginners into BMX racing. Volunteers will be on hand to help with sign-ups, how to ride the track, and parent volunteer opportunities. The event is free for everyone, and participants are invited to stay to watch the BMX race following the event. The concessions stand will be open. More information is available at www.ptcbmx.com.

Monopoly Tournament Returns to Peachtree City
The Fourth Annual Peachtree City Monopoly tournament is scheduled for Saturday, April 28, at Towne Club (201 Crosstown Rd). There is no entry fee, and there will be $200 in cash prizes and over $300 in gift certificates as door prizes. The tournament is officially sponsored by Hasbro, Inc. The first round will start at 10:00 AM and be timed for 90 minutes. A semifinal round of the 16 winners from the first round will play on four tables at noon. The four winners of the semifinal will play the championship game on a Collector’s Edition board at 2:00 PM.

Ages 12 and up are welcome to register. Case by case exceptions will be considered for those younger than 12. To register, email PTCMonopoly@yahoo.com, and include registrant name, address, phone, and age in the email. Game day registration runs from 8:45 a.m. until the rules review at approximately 9:45 AM. Volunteers and businesses interested in supporting the tournament are encouraged contact tournament organizers at the email address or phone 678-364-0134.

Child Car Seat Checks – March 21 at Peachtree Crossing
According to the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, 7 out of 10 kids are not properly buckled into a vehicle. Do you know when to have your seat replaced? Is there a recall on your car seat? Have you had your child's safety seat inspected?

On March 21, 2012 between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m., the Peachtree City Police Department and Fayette County Safe Kids Organization will hold a free car seat checkpoint in the Peachtree Crossings Shopping Center in front of the Fresh Market. This event is open to the public and no appointment is necessary. Parents are encouraged to bring their children and their vehicles equipped with car seats. Please allow for about 45 minutes for the inspection and discussion.

If you cannot make it to this event but would like to arrange a car seat inspection at a different time, please contact the Peachtree City Police Department at 770-487-8866 to schedule an appointment.

Starr’s Mill Drama Department Presents “Zombie Prom,” March 15 – 17
If you liked “Grease,” you’ll love Zombie Prom! Performances will be held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, March 15, 16, and 17. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at the Starr’s Mill High School front office. Shows start promptly at 7:00 p.m. each night. For more information, email spearman.david@mail.fcboe.org.

McIntosh High School Theater Presents “Eurydice” by Sarah Ruhl, March 16 & 17
Come and see this updated version of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Presented by the MHS Advanced Drama Class on Friday, March 16, and Saturday, March 17, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults (available at the door).

The Fred 2012 Summer Concert Series – Individual Concert Tickets on sale March 16
The Frederick Brown Jr. “The Fred” Amphitheater’s 2012 Lexus of South Atlanta summer concert series under the stars features:
• 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
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 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 Planning Commission Regular Meeting – Monday, March 12, 7:00 p.m. at City Hall. The public is welcome.

Peachtree City Airport Authority Meeting – Tuesday, March 13, 7:00 p.m., at Atlanta Regional Airport – Falcon Field, 7 Falcon Drive. The public is welcome.

Veterans Employment Seminar – Wednesday, March 14, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Coweta Veterans Club (130 Veterans Club Drive, Newnan, 30263 – off Hwy 29). Topics include opportunities for veterans’ assistance in finding jobs, and opportunities for veterans to discuss job search concerns with actual local employers. VSO: Hank Berkowitz / Hberkowitz.vso@gmail.com. For more info: 770-254-7220.

Meet the Poets at the Peachtree City Library – Wednesday, March 14, at 7:00 p.m. Enjoy readings by poets Carrie Bennett (Biography of Water) and Brigitte Bird (Song of a Living Room, The Dazzling Land, and Fence above the Sea on Wednesday) in the Floy Farr Room, lower level of the Library.

City Council Meeting – Thursday, March 15, 7:00 p.m., at City Hall. The public is welcome.

Booth / Kiwanis Spaghetti Supper - Friday, March 16, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m., at J.C. Booth Middle School. All you can eat Spaghetti Supper hosted by the McIntosh Trail Kiwanis Club and the J.C. Booth Middle School Builders Club. Cost is $7 per person (children under five are free). Featuring the Booth Middle School Orchestra, children’s’ activities, and more spaghetti!

Trinity Trail 5K Run – Saturday, March 17, 8:00 – 9:00 a.m., at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Register at http://www.holytrinityptc.com/documents/Carolyn%20Docs/Trinity%20Trail%2....

Community Cleanup of Hwy 54 in PTC - Saturday, March 17, 10:00 a.m. The community is invited to join members of the Fayette Freethought Society in their Spring Highway Cleanup on Saturday, March 17. The group will be picking up litter along their adopted mile of Hwy 54 that runs through the center of Peachtree City and on the adjacent golf cart paths on this one-mile stretch. Safety vests and trash bags will be provided to volunteers. For more information, safety rules and place to meet, please email Julie at FayetteFreethought@gmail.com

Fayette Charity Classic 10K/5K/1-Mile Run/Walk – Saturday, March 17, 8:00 a.m., at the Fayette County Justice Complex, 3 Center Drive, in Fayetteville. The race benefits Fayette County Meals on Wheels along with several other local charities. The 2012 Fayette Charity Classic features a new 10K route which, along with the annual 5K, is USA Track & Field (USATF) certified and a qualifier for the Peachtree Road Race. Register at www.fayettecharityclassic.org/uploads/RACEREGISTRATIONlegal.pdf.

Southern Order of Storytellers: “Telling Books into Life” – Saturday, March 17, 2:00 p.m., at the Peachtree City Library. The Friends of the Peachtree City Library invite you to a celebration of Women’s History Month, presented by the Southside Cluster Group of the Southern Order of Storytellers. The program will be “stories about women, told by women.” The stories will echo the theme of the 2012 National Women’s History Month: Women’s Education—Women’s Empowerment. Information about this and other Library programs is on the web at www.peachtree-city.org/library.

Kiwanis Art and Music Showcase – Monday, March 19, 7:00 p.m., at The Bridge Community Center (corner of Willowbend and Willow Rds). Music finalists from first – 12th grade will compete and the winners of the art competition will be announced. The public is invited and welcome for this free event.
Southside Mothers of Multiples Consignment Sale – Friday & Saturday, March 23 & 24, at Heritage Christian Church, 2130 Redwine Road. Fundraiser with over 150 consignors with more welcome. www.smomcga.weebly.com.

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