Peachtree City UPDATES Week of July 5 - Another Budget Workshop, Cell Towers, & Dragon Boats

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I hope everyone had a great Independence Day weekend. I certainly enjoyed the fireworks (but I missed the parade for the first time in 30 years).

Budget Workshop this Thursday, July 8
The Mayor and Council will be holding another in the series of workshops for the FY 2011 budget on Thursday, July 8, 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. The public is welcome to attend. For background on the previous meetings, please visit www.peachtree-city.org/2011budget .

Planning Commission meets Monday on Cell Towers, Lexington Circle
The Planning Commission meets Monday, July 12, 7:00 p.m. at City Hall and will be holding several public hearings for amendments to specific zoning categories (LI light industrial, GI general industrial, OS-P open space-public, and OS-C open space conservation) to allow and prohibit cell towers, and to the Wireless Telecommunications Facilities Ordinance (the Mayor and Council will consider these ordinances on July 15). There will also be a workshop on a proposed site plan for Lexington Circle (formerly Lexington Circle lofts and retail tract). The public is welcome.

Golf Cart Rules Reminders
Rules change at City Limits – Peachtree City’s rules for driving a golf cart end at the City Limits. Both Tyrone to our north and Unincorporated Fayette County to our east and south have different requirements. In both Tyrone and Fayette County (including the Starr’s Mill/Rising Starr school complex), cart drivers must have a valid driver’s license, and 15-year-olds with a valid learner’s permit may only drive if accompanied by a licensed driver 18 or older.
No texting while driving golf carts – This new law went into effect July 1 in the state of Georgia, and it applies to drivers in golf carts as well as automobiles.
No one may sit in driver’s lap – The steering wheel of a golf cart can be lethal to a child in the driver’s lap, which is why Peachtree City law prohibits this practice.

Yard waste – Recycle or mulch, but don’t dump
Please do not blow or rake yard clippings or leaves into roadways, storm drains, or dump them or any other material into drainage ditches. This is a violation of City ordinance and citations will be written under Section 42-43 Dumping and depositing on premises of another. Dumping can clog storm drains, leading to flooding, and can fill our lakes (drinking reservoirs) with debris and contaminants. For more information, please visit www.peachtree-city.org/stormwater .

“Harmless” Summer Pranks
Whether it is graffiti (paint or markers), damaging mailboxes, or stealing street signs, summer pranks that seem “harmless” can cause lasting harm. These types of pranks cost private funds and tax dollars to fix, and can cause accidents and injuries (especially removed or damaged street signs) and can lead to a criminal record. Parents – please talk to teens about the cost, and potential harm, these types of pranks can cause. Please report missing signs and return any signs you may find to Public Works on McIntosh Trail, 770-487-5183 or online at www.peachtree-city.org under Online Services. Report graffiti at www.peachtree-city.org/graffiti .

Highway 54/Willowbend traffic signal timing change
In recent weeks, the City has received numerious complaints about the long wait at Willowbend Rd. and Flat Creek Rd. for a green light to cross Highway 54. Staff has continued to work with the Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) on this problem. The signal was tied into the Highway 54 West corridor to MacDuff Parkway to allow traffic to stream along Highway 54. This resulted in waits on the side streets of as much as three minutes. Last week, the DOT adjusted the timing to operate in “on demand” mode in all but peak times (morning and evening “rush hour”).

Dragon Boat Racess & International Festival on September 25, sign up now!
The event has been scheduled, and the Peachtree City Rotary Club and Peachtree City Tourism are working to make the event bigger and better than ever. Now is the time to sign up if your organization wants to sponsor the event, have a Dragon Boat Team, or if you want to host a booth with international food, merchandise, or a cultural exhibit.
Sign up below:
Race team –contact Phil Jones at pjonesandco@msn.com or call 678-642-3239.
Sponsorship ($250 - $5000, proceeds contributed to local and international charitable organizations) contact Donna Turner at dturnerptc@aol.com or call 770-363-2537.
Vendors/Exhibitors – download Vendor Application at www.peachtree-city.org/dragonboats