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City Council Declares Local Emergency

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Peachtree Corners Coronavirus Emergency

During a special-called meeting on Saturday, March 21, the Mayor and City Council voted unanimously to pass an emergency ordinance declaring a local emergency due to the coronavirus 2019 global pandemic.

The Mayor and Council passed the emergency ordinance following the health guidelines from the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Gwinnett County Health Department (GCHD).

The City’s charter empowers the Mayor and City Council to establish procedures for determining and proclaiming that an emergency situation exists and to make and carry out all reasonable provisions deemed necessary to deal with or meet such an emergency for the protection, safety, health and well-being of its citizens.

“The ordinance recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic is a public emergency affecting and threatening our citizens,” said Mayor Mike Mason. The ordinance is intended to prevent or minimize the further spread of the virus to all those who live or work in our community. We continue working closely with county, state and federal leaders during this unprecedented time in our nation’s history and are prepared to take additional steps should the need arise.”

The emergency ordinance provides:

1. Emergency Authority: The City Manager, with the Mayor’s approval, has the authority to take such actions as necessary or appropriate for the public health and safety of Peachtree Corners residents and stakeholders.

2. Bidding on Contracts: The ordinance suspends the bidding of contracts and competitive purchasing policy and authorizes the City Manager to use the single-source authority. The City Manager is required to provide written justification of each procurement.

3. Public Hearings: To minimize delays that require a public hearing before a city-affiliated board, such as the Planning Commission, the Downtown Development Authority or the Zoning Board of Appeals and a hearing cannot be timely scheduled due to the COVID-19, city staff will work directly with applicants to ensure that financial impact and/or disruptions to business function is kept to a minimum until a public meeting can be scheduled.

4. Conducting Meetings by Teleconference: The City Council and all other city boards, commissions, authorities and agencies may conduct meetings and take votes by teleconference, so long as notice is given and simultaneous access is provided to the public to the teleconference meeting.

5. Alcohol Take-Away Permitting: While the city’s emergency ordinance is in effect, businesses that possess a city-issued alcohol license to sell alcohol for on-premises consumption, are authorized to sell unopened bottles, or appropriately sealed containers, of alcohol for take-away consumption off-premises.

In addition to the above-enumerated provisions. The city urges all citizens to review and comply with the CDC coronavirus guidelines; the state’s DPH and the county’s health department.

The emergency ordinance went into effect on Saturday after the council’s vote of approval and will remain in effect for thirty (30) days from the date it was approved. The ordinance does provide that the ordinance may be renewed for one (1) or more additional periods of thirty (30) days (or repealed) at a meeting called by the mayor or three councilmembers.

View the actual ordinance here.

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Peachtree Corners Celebrates 8th Anniversary

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The mayor and council and other city leaders are joined by the Fuqua Development team to celebrate the Town Center grand opening April 27, 2019.

On July 1, the City of Peachtree Corners officially celebrated its 8th anniversary. It’s been an eventful eight years. The list of accomplishments since its incorporation on July 1, 2012 continues. A new Town Center, a Veterans Monument to honor our veterans, the launch of Curiosity Lab, a soon-to-be-complete pedestrian bridge, are just some of the recent highlights.

The city’s 11.5 mile multi-use trail, named the Corners Connector, continues to expand. A portion around Technology Park Lake was just completed — expect news of a ribbon-cutting to be announced soon. 

New businesses continue to open and re-locate to our city by the river enhancing the economic development of our city. And thanks to prudent financial management, the city continues to maintain its zero millage rate. Happy 8th anniversary Peachtree Corners.

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State Court Judges Announce Arraignments and Criminal Hearings are cancelled effective immediately

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 All state court arraignments and criminal hearings are cancelled effective immediately until July 17, 2020, at 5 p.m. due to the public health emergency. This cancellation applies only to state court criminal cases. These matters will be rescheduled at a later date.

Source: Gwinnett County Administrative Office of the Courts

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Building Southwest Gwinnett County – Annual Mayors Panel Discussion

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The Southwest Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce presents a panel discussion of the common issues of the cities that are the Gateway to Gwinnett. This is a great opportunity to ask questions about the issues that affect our community and our businesses. This event is part of the First Friday Breakfast program and it will be held on July 10 from 7:30-9 AM at Atlanta Tech Park.

The mayors of Berkeley Lake, Norcross and Peachtree Corners represent three of Gwinnett’s most diverse cities: one of the biggest cities and one of the smallest cities in population, one of the newest and one of the oldest cities in the county, and as a group, one of the most diverse ethnic populations in the country. Many of our concerns cross the boundaries of these three cities and certainly the economic health of any one impacts the businesses in all three.

Our moderator will be posing pre-submitted questions to each of the mayors and as time permits questions from the audience. Topics will include issues facing each of the cities and common issues facing Southwest Gwinnett County. This is a great opportunity for our audience to be engaged in the direction being taken by the cities in the Southwest Gwinnett Chamber community. 

Please submit questions to this email address: bcoffey@southwestgwinnettchamber.org with the subject “I have a question for the Mayors”.

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