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Peachtree City UPDATES - Week of Feb. 7, 2011

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Get Ready for Tornado Siren Test Wednesday, Family Reunion Workshop Planned, Economic Development Report, Fayette Earth Day, and more.

Are you ready for Tornado Season?
February marks the beginning of possible severe weather in Georgia, and Severe Weather Awareness Week is this week. To mark the occasion, there will be a statewide Tornado Drill on Wednesday, February 9, at approximately 9:00 a.m. Fayette County will sound the tornado sirens throughout the County, including in Peachtree City, to make sure they are functioning correctly. This is a great time to practice your tornado response plan at home or at work. Please do not call 911 when you hear the sirens. If severe weather threatens on Wednesday, February 9, the drill will be moved to Friday, February 11, at the same time. To learn more about tornado preparedness, visit

HOA Contacts Needed, Speakers Available
Peachtree City maintains a listing of homeowner associations on the City web site,, under the “Virtual Neighborhoods” link on the main page. This section also contains information on neighborhood zoning, setbacks, and neighborhood covenants. Please check to make sure your HOA contact information is current. Also, if your HOA has an upcoming meeting, a Peachtree City Code Enforcement Officer can attend to answer questions and discuss enforcement options and issues. Please contact Betsy Tyler at to update your HOA contacts or schedule a speaker at your next meeting.

Over 1,200 households have taken Peachtree City’s annual Resident Survey so far
The City of Peachtree City wants to know what all its residents think about the way the City is operated and how tax dollars are spent. Residents can take the online survey by visiting and selecting the Annual Resident Survey option from the main page. For those unable to take the survey online, printed copies are available at City Hall, the Peachtree City Library, and The Gathering Place. Both versions provide space to comment on any additional issues that may be of concern. Survey responses will be accepted at City Hall, 151 Willowbend Rd., through February 28, and results will be presented to the Mayor and City Council at the 2011 Retreat, which has tentatively been scheduled for the end of March.

Thinking of having a Family Reunion? The PTC CVB wants to help!
Peachtree City is a great place for families to live, but it is also a great place to hold a family reunion. To help, the Peachtree City Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) will be hosting a free Family Reunion Workshop on Saturday, March 19, from 10:30 a.m. to -2:00 p.m. at the Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center. Local vendors and businesses will host booths with information about how they can help you create an unforgettable experience for your visiting relatives. The day will consist of a Family Reunion 101 presentation followed by a Meet and Greet the Vendors. Attendees will receive a step-by-step guide to planning their next family gathering in Peachtree City. The workshop will act as a one-stop-shop atmosphere to give advice on planning a family reunion and is open to the public with all families and ages invited to attend. The event is free, but reservations are required. Please contact the Peachtree City CVB at 678-216-0282.

Peachtree City Business News
Peachtree City’s new Economic Development Coordinator, Joey Grisham, is hard at work after his first month here, and will be providing periodic updates on Peachtree City’s business community.
Peachtree Crossing Shopping Center - Fresh Market is scheduled to open March 9. As part of the reconstruction for the new anchor, Peachtree Crossing Shopping Center (at Highway 54 and Peachtree Parkway) is getting a face-lift with new façade elements. The construction work and fencing near the other stores should be completed and cleared by the end of February, but the stores are all open and accessible. Please use caution while the construction progresses. Also, try to stop by Omega Books as they celebrate their 25th anniversary in Peachtree City – Congratulations!
Peachtree City Industrial Park - CORRECTED FEBRUARY 9Construction for SANY America’s North American Headquarters is also underway, with a projected completion this summer. To learn more about SANY in Peachtree City, visit (NOTE - Information about NCR increasing their estimated number of jobs was not properly verified with NCR - I apologize for the error - Betsy)
Economic Development Plans - Grisham will be proposing an economic development budget to Council on February 17, and he has included funding for business, demographic, and psychographic (ideas, activities, opinions) data research. Local businesses and shopping centers will be able to utilize this data to identify retail gaps in Peachtree City’s marketplace. He will also be developing a new and improved website that will contain information and new professional marketing pieces for business prospects.

ATTENTION: Eco-Friendly Local Businesses!
Fayette County’s Earth Day Celebration will be in Fayetteville this year, and the committee is looking for eco-friendly businesses for the Green Market. Also looking for sponsors, educators, mentors, and leaders to host educational exhibits that share their knowledge and tools for sustainability in our community. For more information and to register, visit

Project Updates
Highway 74 South Widening – an email from the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) last week indicates they are looking at completing the Phase II widening of Highway 74 South (from Cooper Circle to Georgia Highway 85) by December 31, 2011.

2011 Senior Homestead Exemption – register by March 1 at City Hall
Peachtree City is still accepting the annual applications for the Senior Homestead Exemption. Qualifying seniors (65 or older earning $30,000 or less in household income) must apply each year for the exemption. The registration card, available at City Hall, must be submitted by Tuesday, March 1. Seniors who have not completed their taxes by that date will have until Friday, April 22, to bring in proof of 2010 income for their card already on file by March 1. For more information, please visit, email Betsy Tyler at, or call 770-487-7657.

AARP Tax Assistance at The Gathering Place
The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is offering members tax assistance at The Gathering Place on Thursdays and Saturdays, between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., through April 14. No reservations are necessary. Thursday sessions are offered in the Annex next door to The Gathering Place main building.

Don’t Forget . . .

Development Authority of PTC Regular Meeting – Monday, February 7, 6:00 p.m., at City Hall. The public is welcome.

Peachtree City Water & Sewerage Authority (WASA) Regular Meeting – Monday, February 7, 6:30 p.m., at WASA headquarters, 1127 Hwy. 74 South. The public is welcome.

Severe Weather Awareness Week Tornado Drill – Wednesday, February 9, approximately 9:00 a.m. Severe Weather Awareness Week is February 6 – 12. Fayette County will participate in the statewide tornado drill on Wednesday, February 9, at approximately 9:00 a.m. At that time, to ensure that the siren system is functioning correctly, the 911 Center will sound the severe weather sirens. If severe weather threatens on Wednesday, February 9, the drill will be moved to Friday, February 11 at the same time. Please do not call 911 during the test.

Fayette County Commission Regular Meeting – Thursday, February 10, 7:00 p.m., in the Commission Chambers at 140 Stonewall Avenue, Suite 100, in Fayetteville. Commission agendas are posted at

Kedron Heart to Heart 5K Road Race – Saturday, February 12, 9:00 a.m., at Kedron Elementary School and on the surrounding paths. Race numbers and t-shirts may be picked up at the school between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Friday, February 11. For more information and registration form, visit or .

Meet the Authors: Rogers and Bell at PTC Library – Saturday, February 12, 1:00 p.m. The Friends of the PTC Library host authors Mark Rogers, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Economic Indicators, and James Bell, The Evolution of the Mississippi Delta, who will read from and discuss their books. Following the program, the authors will sign copies of their books and refreshments will be served. The public is invited to attend.

Fayette Freethought Society’s Annual Darwin Day Celebration – Saturday, February 12, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., at Starbucks at 130 Peachtree East (Highway 54 East – Publix/Steinmart Center). The event is free and open to the public. Coffee and birthday cake will be provided, science exhibits and handouts available, plus an assortment of books for sale.

Planning Commission Regular Meeting – Monday, February 14, 7:00 p.m., at City Hall. The public is welcome.


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I've added a correction in the text above. Information that was originally included about NCR increasing their estimated number of jobs was not properly verified with NCR.

I apologize to UPDATES readers and to NCR for the error.

Betsy Tyler
Public Information Officer/City Clerk
City of Peachtree City

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