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City Council Approves Telephone Purchase for City Hall

It was a busy evening for Peachtree Corners mayor and council as they waded through a number of details as the city moves closer to taking over a number of tasks currently managed by the county.

The mayor and City Council moved quickly through a myriad of agenda items Tuesday night that included choosing a telephone system for City Hall, finalizing an employee benefit package and preparing to take over the issuance of business and alcohol license.

Community Development Directory Diana Wheeler discussed a 3-acre site across from the Forum that has recently sold. "A tentative site plan for developing the land has been submitted," she said. The plan will be reviewed by the city's Planning Commission at a future meeting.

Wheeler is also working on preparing a property maintenance code specific to Peachtree Corners to bring before the City Council. "The code includes how the city will handle issues such as hazardous trees that need to be removed, burned out buildings, abandoned cars," she said. The city is currently operating under Gwinnett County's code.

City Manager Julian Jackson provided an overview of the employee benefit package, which was later approved by City Council. The package includes workers compensation, a retirement plan and health and dental.

City Council tabled a decision on Energy Excise Tax until the next meeting. Council asked Attorney Bill Riley to add language to ensure the money from the tax would go to supporting the Peachtree Corners business community.

Council member Phil Sadd (Dist. 1) was nominated by the mayor to serve on the Gwinnett Village CID Board for the city. A portion of the CID is located inside the city limits of Peachtree Corners. The decision was approved by City Council.

City Council asked the city attorney to notify Gwinnett County of the city's intention to take over the issuance of business and alcohol licenses effective Dec. 1. The intergovernmental agreement between the city and county requires a 60-day notice.

A large task looming before the City Council - and the citizens - is developing a comprehensive plan for Peachtree Corners. The plan, which is a requirement by the State of Georgia, is a road map of sorts that city leaders will use to guide Peachtree Corners for the next two decades.

"It's one of the reasons why we needed a city," said Mayor Mason. "We wanted a say in what our future would be. The comprehensive plan is one of those documents that will require a lot of citizen input. The city will be calling on residents to be part of a citizen board to help develop the comprehensive plan," he said.

And lastly, City Council approved the purchase of a telephone system for City Hall in the amount of $8,072.73. CDW-G was selected from three bids received. "The system has a capacity to expand to up to 23 lines, which should last us a real long time," noted Jackson.

There were no public comments at the meeting. City Council also voted to cancel the City Council Meeting scheduled for Nov. 6 to Thursday, Nov. 8. The meeting will be held at the same place and time, Robert Fowler YMCA at 7:30 p.m.

For additional information, visit the city's website at www.cityofpeachtreecornersga.com

Mike Smith November 01, 2012 at 12:04 PM
So now we see how they are going to increase revenues. Which everyone in Peachtree Corners will have to pay as you know it will get passed down to the consumer.
Bob November 01, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Mike, I believe that the energy excise tax is actually a result of the state doing away with the sales tax on energy. That issue is explained in a little more detail in an article about the recent Duluth City Council meeting. It is something that the county and city must work out in order for the city to continue to receive any energy funding. Again, the issue is a little more than the city simply looking for additional revenue to subsidize their already outrageous budget for this city lite.

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