PTC UPDATES – Week of Oct. 11, 2010

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Lots of chances for public input this week, plus safety reminders for pets, paths, and golf cart charging.

WASA Public Hearing on Proposed Rate Changes – Tonight, October 11
At its regular meeting tonight, the Peachtree City Water and Sewerage Authority will hold a public hearing to discuss pending rate revisions. The hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Authority’s Administrative Offices at 1127 Hwy 74 South in Peachtree City. The public is welcome.

Planning Commission Meeting October 11 - CANCELLED
The October 11 regularly scheduled meeting for the Planning Commission has been cancelled. There will be a special called meeting on October 25 (more details next week).

AFCG Meeting – Tuesday, October 12
The Association of Fayette County Governments (which includes the elected officials from Fayette County and its five municipalities) will hold its quarterly meeting on Tuesday, October 12, 7:00 p.m., at the Fayette County Commission Chambers in Fayetteville. The primary topic of discussion will be House Bill 277, the Georgia 2020 Transportation Act, which allows for a 1% regional Local Option Sales Tax for regional transportation projects. The public is invited to attend.

Fayette County DRAFT Comprehensive Transportation Plan
Fayette County has posted the DRAFT Comprehensive Transportation Plan online at www.fayettecountyga.gov/news_archives/10sept/CTP.htm for public review and comment. All comments should be provided in writing to the Fayette County Public Works Department before noon on Wednesday, October 25. Thank you for your interest in helping to develop this important planning document.

Path & Pet Safety Reminders
Following the adoption of Peachtree City’s new leash law (leashes required on all pets out on the paths and in City Parks – Drake Field is the only location that allows “voice command”), several residents have written in about two ongoing issues:
Extendable Leash Warning – While extendable leashes are allowed, pet owners should avoid having the leash extend across the path – this is a very dangerous situation for other path users and the pet at the end of the leash. Cyclists and golf carters, this is also a good time to mention slowing down when approaching other path users, and always provide the mandatory “audible signal” when approaching pedestrians (both two-legged and four-legged) from behind.
Pooper Scoopers, Please! – The path along Lake Peachtree seems to be particularly popular, but pet owners are asked to please clean up after pets along all the paths, and keep pets from wandering onto adjacent private property. Even if a path is not immediately next to our primary drinking water sources (Lakes Peachtree & Kedron), pet waste can wash into streams and ultimately contaminate the lakes.

Golf Cart Safety Alert – Charging Safety
The PTC Fire Department has responded to several serious fire calls resulting from the improper charging of electric golf carts. Please remember that lead acid batteries such as those in golf carts produce hydrogen gas while being charged. To prevent an explosion or flash fire, charge golf carts in a well-ventilated area (outdoors or with the garage door open) and away from any open flame (including gas water heaters). Plug the charger directly into a wall outlet that is protected by at least a 15 AMP circuit breaker. Extension cords should never be used -- most extension cords cannot carry the amperage required for the charger, and improperly sized extension cords have caused fires in Peachtree City. For additional information, consult the golf cart owner’s manual, the golf cart retailer or the Peachtree City Fire Marshal’s office at dwilliamson@peachtree-city.org .

Traffic Advisory – Path Closure near Battery Way Docks on October 23
The tunnel under Peachtree Parkway leading to the Battery Way Boat Ramp and docks will be closed from 9:00 a.m. to noon for maintenance. Please avoid this area during the posted closing.

Don’t Forget . . .

Kedron Pools Closed – Now through October 17 – The swimming pools at Kedron Fieldhouse & Aquatic Center will be closed from October 4 – 17 for general maintenance and to put up the bubble. The Fieldhouse will remain open during this time, and the pools will reopen for normal hours on October 18.

Pumpkin Sale Underway – Now through October 31. The Peachtree City Fire Department’s annual Pumpkin Sale goes through October 31, at Leach Station 81 (on Paschall Road at Highway 74 South) and at Weber Station 83 (Peachtree Parkway south of Crosstown). Funds raised help to purchase equipment for the department and Volunteer Firefighters’ Association. Prices - $5 to $11. Pie pumpkins are $2, minis and gourds are 50 cents, and Indian corn is $4 per bunch.

General Election – Voting now through November 2. Early Voting is underway 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday, at the Fayette County Elections Office in Fayetteville. Advance voting will expand to the Peachtree City and Tyrone Libraries between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. during the week of October 25 – 29. No voting will occur on Monday, November 1, and residents vote at their regular polling place on Tuesday, November 2. Visit www.sos.ga.gov/mvp/ for sample ballots and to locate your polling place.

Movies in the Park at The Avenue: How to Train Your Dragon – Friday, October 15. Free movie night on Fridays at The Avenue shopping center gazebo area. Enjoy complimentary children's entertainment beginning at 6:00 p.m., followed by the movie at dusk (please bring a blanket, no chairs please). Popcorn on sale for $1 with 100% of the proceeds being donated to Fayette County Children at Risk in Education.

30th Annual PTC Classic Road Race – Saturday, October 16, at 8:00 a.m. Men’s & Women’s 5K, Open 15K, and Kiwanis Youth Marathon Mile. Start and end at McIntosh Trail Recreation Complex. More information, route maps, and online registration at www.ptcrc.com . TRAFFIC ADVISORY-expect delays in the Peachtree Parkway South/Robinson Road area.

Friends of the Library Book Sale – Saturday, October 16, at the Peachtree City Library. The Friends of the PTC Library are planning a book sale for Saturday, October 16, as a fundraiser to support the Library. Come in on October 16 and browse for great bargains in support of a great cause!

Leisure Services (Recreation & Library) Commission Meeting – Monday, October 18 – Cancelled.

Jack-O-Lantern Contest for kids of all ages – Thursday & Friday, October 21 & 22. Kids and adults alike are invited to decorate or carve your best pumpkin design and enter our jack-o-lantern carving contest! Bewitching prizes will be awarded to the winners of the creepiest, funniest and most creative designs in the kids category (up to 12 years of age) and adults (13 years and older). All pumpkins must have the following information attached to the bottom: Name, Address, Phone # and Age. The Fred staff will begin accepting jack-o-lanterns at the Box Office on Thursday, October 21, with a deadline of 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 22, and entries will help decorate for the Saturday, October 23, Halloween Party at The Fred.

Peachtree City Fire Department Halloween Haunted House & Trail – Friday & Saturday, October 22-23, 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Leach Station 81 (Paschall Road at Hwy 74 S). Admission: $10 for adults, $8 for children. Optimist Club also hosting a Kiddie Haunt for children 8 years of age and younger for $4.

Great Chili Challenge – Saturday, October 23, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., at Shakerag Knoll on McIntosh Trail. Hosted by the Line Creek Civitan Club. In addition to judging by local dignitaries, there will be great chili tasting for all, a bake sale, drawings, Halloween Costume Contest, petting zoo, and more. Sponsorships and Chili Cook-Off applications still available. For more information, visit www.linecreekcivitan.org.

Dog Park “Howl-o-ween” Party – Saturday, October 23, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., at the PTC Dog Park on McIntosh Trail. Dogs and their humans are invited to sport their favorite costumes. For more information, visit www.ptcdogpark.com.

"Not-so-Frightful" Storytelling and Halloween Party @ The Fred – Saturday, October 23, 2:00 – 6:00 p.m., at the Frederick Brown, Jr. Amphitheater. Free event for families, featuring costume contests, treats, and entertainment! Entertainers include Eric Litwin, author of Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes. Also featuring, David Stephens and All Hands Productions, Ken Scott, and The Reptile Guys. Visit www.amphitheater.org for more information.

Peachtree City Fire Department Halloween Haunted House & Trail – Friday & Saturday, October 29-30, 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Leach Station 81 (on Paschall Road at Highway 74 South). Admission: $10 for adults, $8 for children. Optimist Club also hosting a Kiddie Haunt for children 8 years of age and younger for $4.

Peeples Elementary Pumpkin Fun Run – Saturday, October 30, 7:30 a.m., at the school (Hwy 74 South at Redwine Rd.). There will be a 5K run and a one-mile run. Pre-registration online at www.active.com or by contacting the race coordinator at fouralleys@comcast.net. Proceeds support the Peeples Elementary PTO.

Fayette County Branch NAACP 13th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet - Saturday, October 30, 6:00 p.m., at the Peachtree City Hilton Garden Inn, 2010 North Commerce Drive. The speaker is Reverend Nelson Rivers and this year’s theme is “One Nation, One Dream: Justice for All.” Tickets are $60. For tickets and more information, please contact the Fayette County Branch at 770-460-9934 or email ffb@fcnaacp.org .

HALLOWEEN – Sunday, October 31. The City does not set or change the date for Trick-or-Treating. Check out a useful list of Halloween Safety Reminders from the PTC Police Department for both children and adults this holiday at www.peachtree-city.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=517 .

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