The Fellowship Hall of the filled up quickly with residents from Peachtree Corners District 1 who were eager for the chance to hear and ask questions of the city's mayor and council members.
Chairs had been set out for about 50 residents for the first Town Hall Meeting to be held the voting District 1 - but those filled up quickly and organizers had to bring out another 50 additional seats for the Peachtree Corners residents.
Post 1 council member Phil Sadd welcomed everyone and provided an overview of what the city has accomplished since it first began meeting shortly after the mayor and City Council were officially sworn in on April 17, 2012.
Sadd said much has been accomplished in the short time. Among the accomplishments since its first meeting that took place at 12:01 a.m. on July 1, 2012 when Peachtree Corners officially became a city:
- Selected a location for City Hall, 147 Technology Parkway. The city expects the office space should be ready to move in by early September of this year.
- In the process of hiring a city manager and that decision should be finalized in a month or so.
- The 90-day moratorium on new businesses was lifted on July 25.
- The city finalized its budget and set the millage rate (at .85 mils) and selected a bank.
- Adopted the county's Planning & Zoning and Code Enforcement ordinances.
"This is a transitional period, explained Sadd. "The city will take over these services by the end of the year. But in the interim everything still goes to the county."
Under the intergovernmental agreement with the city and Gwinnett County, the two bodies will work through a representative from Pond and Company who will provide liaison services until the city takes over, Sadd explained.
"We also have opportunities for citizens to get involved in their city." said Sadd. "The city is forming a five-member Planning Commission and a five-member Zoning Board of Appeals. Citizens will serve a two-year term.
"There is an application posted on the City's website, www.cityofpeachtreecornersga.com which can be downloaded and printed out."
Another opportunity to get involved noted Sadd, was a partnership program with the City of Dunwoody to improve the area. "There are a number of community projects, everything from painting fire hydrants to park improvements," said Sadd.
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A representative from Wal-Mart also provided a brief presentation of the planned Walmart Neighborhood Market to be built on the former Supremo Market site.
Wal-Mart representative Glen Wilkins said the new facility is expected to open by June 2013. It will be a 42,000 square-foot grocery store and employ approximately 75-100 people.
Wilkins said the store will carry typical grocery-store items including fresh meat, fruit and vegetables.
Also discussed was whether there was plans to have one ZIP code for the new city.
"It's a huge undertaking to get the U.S. Post Office to make a change," said Mayor Mason. "But you can use Peachtree Corners as your address, as long as the ZIP Code is correct, your mail will be delivered."
Editor's note: Phil Sadd will have a full report on the new Wal-Mart market next week. Check back with Peachtree Corners Patch for his update.