Peachtree City UPDATES - Week of June 13, 2011

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Planning Commission & Council Agendas, Rolling out the Red (and white and blue patriotic) Carpet, Grill Safety, Graduation Banners, and more . . .

Planning Commission Meets Tonight
The Peachtree City Planning Commission meets Monday, June 13, 6:30 p.m., at City Hall. The agenda includes public hearings for the Line Creek Retail Special Use Permit and an Ordinance Amendment regulating donation drop-off boxes; landscape plans for Walgreens and Martial Arts America; and conceptual site plans for Hearthside at PTC (Newgate Rd) and Southside Church parking lot expansion (Robinson Rd). The complete agenda and packet are available online at www.peachtree-city.org/planningagenda.

City Council Meets Thursday, June 16
The Mayor and City Council will meet on Thursday, June 16, 7:00 p.m., at City Hall. The agenda includes options for the Kedron Pool Bubble, Resolutions of Support for Hearthside at Peachtree City Senior Apartments (NorSouth) and Woodsmill Apartments funding applications, and cancellation of July 7 meeting. The complete agenda is available at www.peachtree-city.org/citycouncil. View the meeting live or on demand at www.peachtree-city.org/video.

Patriotic PTC – Best of the Road Judges Visit June 25 – July 10
Start decorating your golf cart, flying your flag, and posting your red, white, and blue early this year. In addition to the regular 4th of July festivities, Peachtree City is one of six cities that will be judged under the “Most Patriotic” category in the Rand McNally/USA Today Best of the Road Rally. The teams leave New York on June 23, and end up in California on July 15. We don’t know the teams’ exact routes yet, but are lobbying for having them here over the 4th.

Peachtree City’s 2011 4th of July T-Shirts are available at the Peachtree City Visitors Center (McIntosh Tr. with the Amphitheater offices) and at City Hall for $10. Sizes available: Youth S-L and Adult S-2XL.

Booth Middle School Tree Clearing
The Fayette County Board of Education will be removing a significant number of diseased and damaged trees behind Booth Middle School beginning this week. The City’s understanding is that the ropes course in the affected area has been dismantled and will be reinstalled using telephone poles after the pine beetle infested trees have been removed. Not all of the trees will be removed, but there will definitely be a noticeable difference during the project. The BOE may also have trees removed from the detention pond area at Huddleston Elementary School as part of this project.

Golf Cart Registration (Lessons Learned – Week 2)
Before the City can issue new golf cart decals, cart owners must be current on their Stormwater Fee. Residential Stormwater Bills were mailed in April and were due on or before May 16. Cart owners must also fill out and sign a new information form. Forms will be included in the mailings going to all households in the coming months, and are also available online at www.peachtree-city.org/decal. All carts using Peachtree City paths must have new decals in place by October 31.

There are three ways to register and pay for the new cart decals:
o ONLINE – register through the online form and pay with a debit or credit card through Pay Pal www.peachtree-city.org/decal.
o MAIL-IN – Mail a completed and signed paper registration form and check or money order to City Hall.
o WALK-IN – Bring a completed and signed paper registration form to City Hall and pay with cash, check, or money order.

Congratulations Graduates – Banners
Peachtree City is very proud of our graduated seniors. However, please remember to remove all graduation banners and signs from subdivision entrances today. The City waives the requirement for permits for these banners between May 1 and June 12. For more information on graduation banners and signs, view the FAQ brochure at www.peachtree-city.org/documents/Planning%20and%20Zoning/File-Forms-Down....

State Law Regarding Golf Carts
In 2011, the State Legislature passed Senate Bill 240, which creates a new definition of “personal transportation vehicle” (essentially a golf cart) - a motor vehicle with a minimum of four wheels capable of speeds up to 20 miles per hour, with a maximum weight of 1,375 pounds, and capable of transporting up to eight people. The law also sets minimum equipment requirements for the vehicles, and it goes into effect in January 2012. However, SB 240 does not apply to any county or municipality that already has an ordinance in place about motorized carts, so Peachtree City is not impacted. The City expects that additional legislation may be introduced next year that could impact golf carts and will continue to monitor any proposed laws.

Help Keep Peachtree City’s Parks & Paths Safe
With summer here and more people enjoying our parks and paths, please remember that paths (even those that go through parks like the Battery Way docks) should be kept clear for through-traffic, and pedestrians should be given all reasonable right of way. If you see golf carts being operated in a dangerous manner or witness illegal activity in our parks or on our paths, please report it immediately by calling 911.

Summer Fire Safety - Grills, Fire Pits, and Campfires
Every year, Americans look forward to summer vacations, camping, family reunions, picnics, and the 4th of July. Summertime, however, also brings fires and injuries due to outdoor cooking and recreational fires. There are thousands of injuries due to gas and charcoal grill fires each year. Knowing a few fire safety tips and following safety instructions will help everyone have a safe summer.
o Propane and charcoal grills must only be used outdoors.
o Position grills well away from siding, deck railing, eaves, and overhanging branches.
o Place grills a safe distance from lawn games, play areas, and foot traffic and keep children and pets away from the grill.
o Have several long-handled grilling tools to give the chef plenty of clearance from heat and flames
o Periodically remove grease buildup in drip trays so it cannot be ignited by a hot grill.
o Never add starter fluid once coals or kindling have been ignited, and never use any flammable liquid other than charcoal starter fluid to get the fire going.
o Check propane cylinder hoses for leaks before using a gas grill for the first time each year. A light soap and water solution applied to the hose will reveal escaping propane quickly by releasing bubbles.
o Never build a campfire during dry conditions.
o Campfires should be at least 15 feet away from tents, shrubs, trees, and low-hanging branches overhead.
o Always fully extinguish campfires before leaving

Visit www.usfa.dhs.gov/citizens/focus/summer.shtm for a complete list of grill, campfire, and fire pit safety.

McIntosh Chiefettes Host Mini-Dance Camps
The State Champion McIntosh Chiefettes will host two mini dance camps this summer for pre K - 8th grade girls. Participants will learn basic dance techniques and perform for their parents. The first camp is June 20-23 at Kedron Elementary and the second is July 25 – 28 at McIntosh High School. Both camps will run from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. with a recital at noon for parents. Register through the Fayette Community School at www.fayettecs.org/chief_dance.htm.

Don’t Forget . . .

Peachtree City Planning Commission Regular Meeting – Monday, June 13, 7:00 p.m., at City Hall. The public is welcome.

Peachtree City CVB Regular Meeting – Wednesday, June 15, 5:30 p.m., at the Amphitheater Cast House (behind Public Works). The public is welcome.

City Council Regular Meeting – Thursday, June 16, 7:00 p.m., at City Hall. The public is welcome.

Meet the Author – Captain (Rev.) Don Barron – Saturday, June 18, 10:00 a.m., at the PTC Library. Captain (Rev.) Barron will sign copies of The Sky Pilot, which recounts his experiences as an international pilot and his mission as the pioneer pastor of four churches. The public is invited, and refreshments will be served. For more information, contact the Friends of the Peachtree City Library at ptc.library.friends@gmail.com.

Jo Dee Messina with Jimmy Wayne @ The Fred – Saturday, June 18. Gates open at 7:00 p.m.; concert begins at 8:00 p.m. More information and tickets at www.amphitheater.org.

Atlanta Regional Transportation Roundtable Telephone Townhall Meeting – Monday, June 20, 6:00 p.m., for Fayette County. The Atlanta Regional Transportation Roundtable members are developing the project list for voter approval in July 2012. More than one million people will be called over six evenings and asked if they would like to participate in a conversation with the Roundtable members from their jurisdictions. To participate, you may be called randomly or you can call during Fayette’s designated time to 888-886-6603 (Fayette County PIN # 16723). The phone call will last one hour, and participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of local officials.

FY 2012 Peachtree City Budget Workshops – Monday & Tuesday, June 20 – 21, 6:30 p.m., at City Hall. The public is welcome.

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