Even before Peachtree Corners can officially get off the ground, rumors are flying about on just what will the city be responsible for.
It will be responsible for Planning & Zoning, Code Enforcement and Solid Waste Pickup - what it will not be responsible for is buying, running and maintaining the Gwinnett County parks currently within its borders, says Mayor-Elect Mike Mason.
"It is not even a remote possibility," said Mason. "Certainly not while I'm mayor."
The Georgia Assembly passed in 2008 a law that grants a city incorporated after that date the opportunity, should it chose to do so, to purchase county parks for a mere $100 per acre.
The legislation had its roots when Dunwoody, a new city at the time, wanted to purchase a DeKalb County-run park and convert it to a city park.
The new city of Peachtree Corners has four county parks within its borders:
(The two marked with asterisks could end up in the city limits of Berkeley Lake, but that's a subject for another story.)
Mason said Peachtree Corners is delighted with the way the parks are operating and sees no benefit to the city taking on the responsibility of operating - and paying for - the parks.
"I would never support it," said Mason "It makes no sense at all."
The new mayor also reiterated the one key factor built into the city's charter. For any change, including adding parks, "the people would have to vote to make that change, or any other change to the charter," said Mason.