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City Council Approves $1,552 Per Month For IT Services

The date of this Special Called Meeting had added significance; it was exactly a year ago that voters approved the referendum to form the new city of Peachtree Corners.

Thursday's City Council meeting was an anniversary of sorts for Gwinnett's newest city - it was just one year ago (Nov. 8, 2011) that the majority of Peachtree Corners residents voted in favor of the referendum to incorporate as a city.

Mayor Mike Mason took a moment to remind everyone of the significance of the date.

"Do you remember where we were one year ago today?" Mayor Mike Mason said in his opening remarks. "It was the day the referendum passed. Mason took a moment to thank the City Council "for all of their hard work."

Then it was back to work as the mayor and council waded through a number of agenda items that included approving an Energy Excise Tax Intergovernmental Agreement with the county and adopting a personnel policies and procedures manual for the city's employees.

The City Council also selected the IT company whose services will include providing the city with a new website. 

"We received three quotes for IT services and they ranged from over $9,000 to around $1,500," said Jackson. "We selected GMA which had the lowest bid at $1,552 per month and includes developing a new website for the city.

(Click on the link in the above paragraph to view the IT service package which includes building and maintaining the city's website, data backup, offsite storage, server and desktop management, help desk services and more.)

"You can spend as much as you want to on a website," Jackson told the council. "I think we'll definitely improve on what we've got now."

City leaders also moved forward with a resolution to appoint a City Clerk. (Watch for an announcement on Patch later today on the new City Clerk.)

Last on the agenda the City Council considered the approval of adopting an international property maintenance code which would regulate "the conditions and maintenance of all property, buildings and structures," and to provide for building condemnation and demolition of buildings deemed unfit and unsafe.

Diana Wheeler, the Community Development Director provided an update on the status of the RFP for the 2033 Comprehensive Plan which she said had been posted on the city's website. (To view the RFP, visit www.cityofpeachtreecornersga.com). A copy of the proposal is also included with this story.

Peachtree Corners resident Ali Stinson spoke during the Public Comment section telling the City Council she was "concerned over taxes. It's been one year now to the day ... we're looking at permit fees, excise fees ... it really feels like we're being hi-jacked here." 

In other business, the City Council Work Sessions scheduled for 6 p.m. on Nov. 27 was cancelled. But the mayor and council have scheduled a Special Called Council Meeting for that same date to begin at 7:30 p.m.

The meeting will be held at the Fowler YMCA.


Diane M Calkins November 09, 2012 at 11:52 AM
I voted for the City but hardly hear anything about it. Am I apart of the city or not?
Judy Putnam (Editor) November 09, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Diana: The city holds regular City Council meetings and the Planning Commission also meets on a monthly basis, both are open to the public. And city leaders expect to open the new City Hall early next month. You can also visit the city's website for more information, www.cityofpeachtreecornersga.com

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