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City Council Quickly Gets Down to Business

At its first official meeting the mayor and city council hired a city clerk, attorney and consulting firm to assist in finding a city manager.

With a tap of his new gavel, Mayor Mike Mason called the first city council meeting to order promptly at 7:30 Tuesday evening at Christ the King Lutheran Church.

And in just 45 minutes the mayor and six council members had wrapped up the details of hiring a city attorney, a city clerk and a consulting firm to assist in finding qualified candidates to hire as city manager.

"Time is of the essence," said Mason in explaining the importance of getting the personnel to help run the city in place as quickly as possible.

Bill Riley, an attorney who was involved in the start-up of the cities of Sandy Springs, Dunwoody and Johns Creek, was sworn in to advise Peachtree Corners' city leaders in the legal matters of setting up the new city.

Joanie Jones, a city clerk with 15 years experience, was sworn in as Peachtree Corners acting city clerk. Jones, who works in the same capacity for neighboring Johns Creek, was recommended by Riley because of her experience in assisting with the start up of Johns Creek.

Consultants John McDonough and John Kachmar were hired to conduct an executive search for a city manager and to provide consulting services to assist in setting up a functioning city.

Also on the agenda, the new city council chose the Gwinnett Daily Post as its legal organ. The complete agenda is included with this story.

"We needed to move ahead quickly," explained Mason afterwards. "We made the best effort to get the best people available."

Alex Wright, Post 3 council member reiterated the need to get the attorney, and city clerk hired and start the process of getting a city manager on board. "We had to get all this in place."

Some 45 people attended the first meeting. Mason said he expects the council may meet on a weekly basis until they get everything in place.

The city has set up a website, www.cityofpeachtreecornersga.com, which will have information posted on the meetings, agendas and past meeting minutes.


Judy Putnam April 19, 2012 at 07:10 PM
It's my understanding that the organizers in the city of Norcross chose not to hold the event this year.
Michael April 20, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Not to beat a dead horse, but I just want to emphasize with two examples how tacky using a peach as the city logo would be. Please look at this Peachtree Road Race shirt from 1993 and tell me that the "interim" logo (which is certainly an indication of where the city council is headed) does not look similar: http://alt.coxnewsweb.com/cnishared/tools/shared/mediahub/05/95/92/slideshow_592955_4.jpg Peachtree Corners is going to be competing with cities like Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, and Johns Creek to attract new residents and businesses. Having a tasteful and refined logo is crucial. Please look at the Peachtree Corners Business Association, who, in my opinion, have an extremely attractive logo that the city council would be wise to emulate: http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://o5.aolcdn.com/dims-shared/dims3/PATCH/resize/273x203/http://hss-prod.hss.aol.com/hss/storage/patch/176f7682799b81a760c20a69e03f06dc&imgrefurl=http://peachtreecorners.patch.com/listings/peachtree-corners-business-association&usg=__ck41SkQvD2NVKD5XoScKvKENmQ0=&h=100&w=273&sz=10&hl=en&start=10&zoom=1&tbnid=N-T0kR1RqOt3zM:&tbnh=41&tbnw=113&ei=2XGRT8SBKIr06AGhkKG5BA&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dpeachtree%2Bcorners%2Bbusiness%2Bassociation%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26gbv%3D2%26tbm%3Disch&um=1&itbs=1 Even the logo used for the street sign toppers would be a good choice (minus the orange font): http://www.ahn03.com/upcca/picture/PTCSignTopper.jpg
Bob April 20, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Aren't we really splitting hairs regarding the "temporary" logo? The name of our city is Peachtree Corners, not Pickneyville (which probably would have made a little more sense, at least from an historic point of view). So I have no problem with the temporary logo. Additionally, if people and businesses are choosing a city based on a logo, then Dunwoody is really in trouble with their Wal-Mart look-a-like logo.
Lorri Christopher April 21, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Thank you for your comments regarding the future city logo and the "city lite" suggestions and ideas. It is community input that enables us as City Council members to best learn what is most important to our citizens in creating the new City of Peachtree Corners. The future vision for our city rests with the citizens of the city and by your continued comments and ideas, we will together create a city of which we all can be proud as we implement the charter we all agreed to. Lorri Christopher
Bob Chadwick May 02, 2012 at 08:45 PM
These are good questions. Why do we need a city manager for such a small operation? Evidently the people that drafted the charter felt that it wasn't necessary. What has changed that now makes it necessary? I don't know whether a City Manager is or isn't required but I would certainly like to know what our elected officials have to say about the issue and why the expansion on the charter before the city even begins operation.


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