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Peachtree City UPDATES Week of July 12, 2010

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Best Places to Live, Cell Towers, & Gasoline Golf Carts

CNN Best Places for 2010
If you’ve checked the Best Places to Live for 2010 (as rated by CNN/Money Magazine) and are wondering where Peachtree City is, we were not eligible this year. Peachtree City ranked in the top 100 in 2007, and in the top 10 in 2005 and 2009, when the publication rated cities with populations lower than 50,000. In even numbered years, the publication rates cities with a population between 50,000 and 300,000, so Peachtree City was not in consideration for 2010. View the 2010 criteria and Best Places list at .

City Council meets Thursday, July 15 – Budget Hearing, Cell Towers
The agenda includes the public hearing for the FY 2011 Budget and amendments to the City’s Wireless Telecommunications Facilities Ordinance, along with several Zoning Ordinance changes to support the cell tower ordinance change (eliminating towers in OS-C Open Space – Conservation zoning and changing towers from a permitted use to a conditional use in LI Light Industrial, GI General Industrial, and OS-P Open Space-Public. Council will also discuss the possible expansion of The Gathering Place and a bond referendum to finance the construction. The public is welcome, and the complete agenda can be viewed at . The meeting will also be streamed live and available on-demand at .

Council Looks at Eliminating Gasoline Golf Carts
Peachtree City’s ordinance currently allows both gasoline and electric-powered golf carts on our paths and public streets. The Mayor and Council will consider a ban on the registration of new gas golf carts at the August 5, 2010, City Council meeting. They have asked staff to draft ordinance verbiage that includes grandfathering gasoline carts already registered and eliminating all gasoline carts on Peachtree City’s streets and paths by 2020.

Did you know? Police Department Mustang
During the Independence Day Parade, many of you saw the 2007 Mustang GT Police Vehicle for the first time. Did you know that the Police Department was awarded this vehicle by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in 2008? One of the best parts of this award is that no City tax dollars were used to purchase the vehicle or most of the equipment inside. The Mustang has been used for traffic enforcement, safety presentations, and is currently assigned to the D.A.R.E Officer, Paul Smilley, for use at the schools. When children see the car, they are interested in all of the equipment and begin to ask questions, giving Cpl. Smilley a great opportunity to engage them in real conversations during educational presentations.



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