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Moratorium Causing Concern for One New Business Owner

The new city of Peachtree Corners issued a 90-day halt to new businesses as it prepares to stand on its own July 1, but it's creating real problems for some.

The intentions were good, but the new city's moratorium is wreaking havoc for at least one business owners trying to get her doors open by summer.

The new city of Peachtree Corners, which will officially become Gwinnett County's 16th - and largest city - on July 1, 2012, issued a 90-day moratorium while it gets organized and hire the necessary personnel in place to manage the city.

But it had unintended consequences according to a report aired on Channel 2 on Monday. The station's consumer investigator Jim Strickland spoke with new business owner Sheri Snyder who had planned on opening a summer art camp, Objet Gallery and Studio, in time to attract children out of school for the summer.

"I should have between 50 and 60 kids children a week here," said Snyder in the report. "And well, we're empty," she said. The new business is located in the Village at Peachtree Corners shopping center near The .

Snyder told the reporter that she had cashed in her 401K to fund the new business and missed the deadline to apply for a business license by one day before the moratorium went into effect.

Bill Riley, Peachtree Corners' city attorney, said the moratorium is designed to keep undesirable businesses such as adult entertainment stores and billboard companies from applying for business licenses before the city is established.

Some 48 business owners are waiting for their business licenses which are likely to be issued in late July. But Snyder fears it will be too late.

"The worst case scenario is if this goes on much longer, I'll be bankrupt before I even open my doors," she said.

Riley said the city is doing what it can to minimize the impact on the new businesses.

Dawn June 13, 2012 at 03:01 PM
It is very unfortunate to think we may lose good businesses before we are even officially a city. I can't imagine there are that many "undesireable" businessess trying to "sneak" in. Don't we already have 2 in our vicinity? Please give our city a chance and help these legit businesses get going!!
YouHaveGotToBeKidding June 13, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Sheri why could you not start your business and a pay penalty for not having the business license?
Sheri Snyder June 13, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Well, I thought of they but first off, the fire marshall would shut me down immediately without the C.O. since businesses can't get any permits at this time either, so the Sign Permits, Certificate of Occupancy and the Business License are all on moratorium. But the most important reason is with children in the art camp, I must be completely legal to be properly insured for the camp. I would never risk anything concerning the children!
UHaveGotToBeKidding June 14, 2012 at 09:43 PM
I am not suggesting you do anything illegal. If you are incorporated that would suffice for obtaining the insurance needed to protect the children. The firemarshall is not going to shut you down, i would be shocked if you saw them the first year of business. Signage would be and issue and a business checking account would be a problem. But in the interest of losing all of your money, it is the only smart business choice you have. Welcome to the business world!
Sheri Snyder June 29, 2012 at 04:26 AM
We were given permission on Wednesday to complete our process for our business license, thanks to the city officials and attorney, and county attorney, county commissioner. We now have our Business License and Certificate of Occupancy, so we are moving in and expect to open on July 5th, with our Grand Opening on July 14th.

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