Peachtree City UPDATES - Week of November 7, 2011

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Fayette recognized, countdown to election Tuesday, national Emergency Alert System test on Wednesday, and more . . .

Peachtree City & Fayette County – The Next Silicon Valley?
Last month, Business Insider ranked 20 American cities and counties that “Could Be The Next Silicon Valley.” Who ranked #2? Fayette County, Georgia. The article reviewed small towns, cities, and counties that meet certain demographic requirements for a budding technology economy, including a high level of broadband accessibility, a sizable workforce (in relative terms), a vibrant local economy, and the presence of a small college or university. Read the full story at http://t.co/1sowNBiw.

Peachtree City Election Tomorrow
If you haven’t had an opportunity to take advantage of Early and Advance Voting, Peachtree City’s Municipal Election is Tuesday, November 8, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Voters must go to their regular polling places. The ballot includes City Council Post 1 (Steve Allen or Eric Imker), City Council Post 2 (George Dienhart), and a referendum on allowing the package sale of alcohol on Sundays. Visit www.sos.ga.gov/mvp to confirm your polling place and see a sample ballot.

Nationwide Emergency Alert Test on Wednesday, November 9, at 2:00 p.m.
There will be a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) this week. The test will involve broadcast radio and television stations, cable television, satellite radio and television services, and wireline video service providers across all states and the territories of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa. For more information and tips for preparing for emergencies and disasters, please visit www.fema.gov/eastest/.

Security Alarm Registration Required for All PTC Homes & Businesses
Registration is underway for all active security alarms in Peachtree City homes and businesses. Permit applications are available at the Police Department or online at www.peachtree-city.org/alarm, which also features a full copy of the ordinance, tips for alarm use, and useful questions to ask your alarm company.

Project Updates:

Easement Clearing on Highway 74 N – In November, Fayette County Water’s contractor (Rhino Services) will be clearing the water line easements on the eastern side of Highway 74 North from Peachtree Parkway North through Tyrone.

Don’t Forget . . .

Peachtree City Water & Sewerage Authority Regular Meeting – Monday, November 7, 6:30 p.m., at 1127 Highway 74 South. The public is welcome.

Municipal Election – Tuesday, November 8, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at your REGULAR POLLING PLACE (for polling locations, visit www.sos.ga.gov/mvp). Peachtree City Library voting is upstairs. Peachtree City residents who vote at Rising Starr Middle School for County and State Elections vote at Braelinn Elementary School for Municipal Elections.

Mac Madness (Basketball) at McIntosh High School - Tuesday November 8, at McIntosh High School. Meet the MHS basketball teams as the Chiefs open against Walton HS. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., the Varsity Girls play at 6:00 p.m., and the Varsity Boys play at 7:30 p.m. Adults $5 and Children $2. MHS Students wearing Spirit Wear get FREE ADMISSION. All the teams will be introduced and a Silent Auction will be conducted.

Fair Tax Information Luncheon – Thursday, November 10, 11:30 a.m., at Green Ginger Restaurant (200 Market Connector in Peachtree City). Sponsored by the the Greater Fayette Republican Women’s Club the event is open to the public. Guest speaker is Tom Brown, Ph.D., chairman of the Georgia for Fair Tax Speaker’s Bureau. For information or reservations, please call Debby Dickinson, 404-376-4132, or Alberta Lucas, 770-719-0879.

Fayette County Commission Regular Meeting – Thursday, November 10, 7:00 p.m., in the Commission Chambers at 140 Stonewall Avenue West in Fayetteville. For agenda information, visit www.fayettecountyga.gov/administration/BOC/county_commission_meetings.htm.

Meet the Author: Doug Pearson – Saturday, November 12, 1:00 p.m., at the Peachtree City Library. Author, teacher, and coach Doug Pearson will discuss his book, The 10-20-30 Wellness Plan. Refreshments will be served.

Noel November - Saturday, November 12, at the Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center. This annual event features an auction of decorated Christmas Trees, wreaths, and holiday displays, with the proceeds benefitting several local charities. The public is invited to stroll through the Winter Wonderland display during the free open house from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The dinner and auction begin at 6:00 p.m. Purchase tickets or make donations at www.noelnovember.com.

Planning Commission Regular Meeting – Monday, November 14, 7:00 p.m., at City Hall. The public is welcome.

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Golf Cart Registrations & Notices

All - sorry, saw this from home, so I don't have the exact amounts at hand for the notices, warning fliers, and postage, but we budgeted all of that (plus a part-time employee to assist with data entry) along with the hard cost of the decals into the price of the decals ($12).

State law actually limits municipalities on registration of carts on how often, and sets a top cost of $15 for the decals. Council adopted the "new decals every 5 years" policy in 2006, so this is the second round of decal replacement. The goal with the $12 price was to completely cover the costs of the program so that non-golf carters aren't paying through general taxes.

moelarrycurly
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Question for Betsy Tyler

What was the cost of the printing and mailing of the golf cart registration renewal letters?

Why are there two auxilliary cops on two PD ATV's travelling TOGETHER today on the paths trolling for unregistered golf carts? Two, together?

Why are they handing out verbal warnings ONLY for violators who have the old yellow sticker still on their cart?

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Oh Stop!

You stop right now. You allege that you saw 2 cops on the paths today. Stop, you stop right now before we put you in time out. Thanks for the laugh, that was a good one you almost had us scared......

moelarrycurly
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Sky

as I live and breathe they was 2 (count'em... too, oops, two!) Wearin' them bullet vests and all, too (2).

When he whipped out that manilla envelope and smiled at the perp, I thought he was a gonner. Stuck it right in his face and even smiled doin' it. I do believe he even shook hands before he left and climbed back on that ATV sucker, which was bigger than he was.

The scariest moment came when he revved that puppy up and popped a wheelie and almost ended up in Lake Peachtree. Of course, that must be why the 2nd one was there with him, to call Chief Skip and report that the verbal warning was "mission accomplished"...we now gonna go catch us some tall blond, ponytailed long legged runners who just went by and.....well, we'll think of somethin'..over and out...!"

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I've Asked This Before

but no one has give a good answer. Why isn't there a YEARLY registration fee for golf carts? Twenty five bucks or so each year per cart would go a long way toward filling in the potholes and general maintenance?

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golf cart registration

Or we could do a hundred every 4 years to keep the expenses and hassle associated with golf cart registation to a minimum.

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mthom & ninja

I don't have a problem with the mailed notices. I think that is the most effective way to get the word out about the renewals. I am trying to justify the cost of the notifications vs the lack of follow up in enforcement. I appreciate that the PD is utilizing auxilliary, too. I think many times a "courtesy verbal or written warning" are a waste of money. Hit 'em with a fine or ticket or both. This city bends over backwards to use every possible media available to alert everyone of the upcoming deadline, most of which is at a cost to all of us. That is one of the things we all enjoy about living here. But at some point, draw the line and say the ball is in your court, get it done. The added expense of the wear and tear on these 2 ATV's I feel is beyond the benefit of a warning. These cart owners knew they were at fault and laughed it off.

I think of it as similar to the drivers license renewal--you don't get any notification at all it is up for renewal and are responsible for getting it done. If you don't, I can't think of anywhere that would let you off with a verbal warning for driving with an expired license. Maybe it happens, maybe not.