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From the Mayor’s Desk: The Path Forward

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Mayor Mike Mason’s July 2020 column

It would be an understatement to say these are troubling times for our country. The coronavirus pandemic has swept through our lives like wildfire. And the racism that has gripped our country long before it was founded over 250 years ago has come to the forefront once again. The time has come for our nation to face the racism that has divided our country for too long.

The greatest strength we have in America is the freedom of our citizens.  Our country’s Declaration of Independence states in the second paragraph: “We hold these truths to be selfevident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Clearly, every one of us has the right to expect to be treated equally—and respectfully.

Yet, still, the ugliness of racism remains in our society. As a white man, I expect to be treated with respect when a police officer pulls me over. I cannot honestly say I understand the racial prejudices that our Black citizens must deal with each day. The events that have occurred since George Floyd’s death have again brought to the forefront the ugly reality of racism. We are better than this, and those of us in public office have a duty to listen – and to act – to do our part, however small, in righting the wrong that has been pervasive in our country for centuries.

The magic of the American system is that although we decide individually, we must act jointly, to make collective change.  Eliminating racism won’t happen overnight, but only by individually admitting and taking action to correct racism, will we be able to make our nation one that offers equality to all, no matter their skin color.

As you may know, on June 20, the City issued a Proclamation condemning racism and urging the Georgia General Assembly to enact hate crimes legislation. We wanted to make a strong statement that there is no place in our community for racism, hate and bigotry and to show our citizens we are committed to safeguarding their rights. We wholeheartedly supported the passage of House Bill 426 known as the Hate Crimes Bill, which was passed during this year’s legislative session.

Dealing with COVID-19

When Gov. Kemp first announced the shelter-in-place mandate in early March, we adhered to those orders. Several months later, it appeared our efforts were beginning to pay off, restrictions began to be lifted and businesses began to reopen with a long list of safety protocols. But the recent news of a significant increase in cases prove this is not over. The reality is, COVID-19 is not going to go away anytime soon. We must all deal with it until an effective vaccine is found. We must not let our guard down.

Though we all may feel powerless, the CDC states there are a few simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy: 1) WEAR A FACE MASK when out in public, 2) practice social distancing, and 3) wash your hands thoroughly and often.

Just last week the nation’s chief public health official, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, joined our governor in a “Wear a Mask” campaign to stress the importance of wearing a face covering when away from home. The Surgeon General pointed out during the tour that “wearing a face covering or a mask is not a restriction of your freedom. As a matter of fact, this is an instrument of freedom because we know if we wear face coverings, we will have less spread in our communities and more places will be open.”  

Of most concern is the steady increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Gwinnett. As of Thursday, July 7 there were 9,666 cases, 174 deaths reported in our county with 1.504 requiring hospitalization. These statistics are provided by the Gwinnett County Health Department and are updated weekly. While the county Health Director Audrey Arona has attributed the rise in part to the increased number of tests being administered, the fact remains, COVID-19 is spreading in our county.

This week, the City will be implementing a public service announcement campaign to remind and encourage each of us to do what we can to slow the spread of COVID-19.  It’s the right thing to do — for you, for your family – for everyone you come in contact with each day.

Be PTC Strong – Wear a Face Mask

Mike Mason, Mayor

Updated 7/22/20

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Councilmember Sadd Schedules Virtual Town Hall Meeting for Oct. 21

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Pedestrian Bridge, one item for discussion during the virtual town hall.

Councilmember Phil Sadd (Post 1) is hosting a virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. One of the topics to be discussed during the Town Hall is the Gwinnett County Transit Referendum, which is on the November 3 ballot.

“It is important that voters are provided with information about this referendum so they can
make an informed decision,” said Councilmember Sadd. “I have invited Gwinnett County
Chairman Charlotte Nash to join me during the Town Hall to provide an overview of the
referendum. We want to provide our citizens an opportunity to understand the proposal and
be able to ask questions.”

Additionally, updates on other key activities throughout the City will be included:

  1. Project Activity
    • Crooked Creek Trail
    • Pedestrian Bridge
    • Spalding Drive widening
  2. COVID-19 related initiatives to support businesses
  3. Crime Prevention Initiatives
  4. Curiosity Lab Innovation Center
  5. Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic at City Hall

The meeting is open to the public and will include an open Q&A session giving citizens an
opportunity to voice concerns and ask questions.

To attend the meeting, please see the instruction below:
Link to watch live

Dial-In only:
+1-415-655-0002

Access code: 132 521 5700

For instructions on how to ask a question during the town hall and more, visit peachtreecornersga.gov

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Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce taps Peachtree Corners Mayor to Serve on Board of Directors

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Mayor Mike Mason

Mayor Mike Mason has been selected as a Chairman’s appointee to serve as a member of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for a one-year term beginning January 2021. Board members provide leadership and are responsible for directing and upholding the mission and goals of the Gwinnett Chamber and Partnership Gwinnett.

“Your commitment as a member of the Board enhances the ability of the Chamber to continue its high-quality services and programs that assist in promoting and sustaining a pro-business environment in Gwinnett,” said Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce Chair Elect Doug Jenkins.

Board members act as leading contributors to the community and provide direction to assist in
preparing for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the county.

“It is an honor to have been selected to serve as a member of this prestigious board,” said
Mayor Mason. “The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce has always played a key role in the
development of our great county. Our greatest strength is our membership and together we
will continue to focus on ensuring Gwinnett County remains a strong economic leader.”

Mason has lived in Peachtree Corners for over 30 years and was elected as the city’s first Mayor
in March 2012. He holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Evansville and a B.S. In
Accounting from the University of Southern Indiana. During his career, he has served as Vice
President and Chief Financial Officer for several companies. He is currently the owner of Mason
CFO Advisory.

A U.S. Navy veteran, Mason is a native of Sandersville, GA. He and his wife, Debbie, moved to
Peachtree Corners in 1985 where they raised their two sons.

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Peachtree Corners Receives Prestigious National Award for Governmental Finance Reporting

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The city’s Finance Department recently received a certificate for achievement for excellence in financial reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association for its 2019 financial year-end comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).

The Government Finance Officers Association’s Certificate of Achievement is the highest honor for governmental accounting and financial reporting. It is the city’s second year in receiving the award and represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

“We are pleased to again receive this honor,” said City Manager Brian Johnson. “Our finance
department is to be commended for this achievement as it is the highest form of recognition in
governmental accounting and financial reporting.”

The city’s Finance Department produces the CAFR each year and works with independent auditors to verify the city’s financial situation and standing. The CAFR is judged by an impartial panel to meet the highest standards of the program.

“This is an important award that validates Peachtree Corners’ commitment to go beyond the minimum requirements to prepare comprehensive annual financial reports in the spirit of transparency and full disclosure,” said Assistant City Manager, Brandon Branham, who was the Finance Director when the 2019 CAFR was completed.

The Government Finance Officers Association, based in Chicago, is a non-profit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals. With offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C., it serves the member organization by advancing uniform standards and procedures in financial management for governments and assisting with professional development for public finance managers.

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