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Q&A: How to Keep Up with City News, More Corners Connector Trail Plans and Annual State of City Address Update

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From the Mayor’s Desk September 2020

In this month’s column, I will provide information on how you can stay informed with what’s going on in your city; more news on the multi-use trail and how it will connect to the new pedestrian bridge; and announce how and when I will deliver my annual state-of-the-city address.

Q: There seems to be a lot of misinformation of late posted on social media concerning several city projects. People are posting incorrect information which gets passed along as facts. Is there a place on the city’s website that provides updates?

A: Yes there is. On the city’s website, peachtreecornersga.gov, you will find the latest updates on all projects. Most can be found in the “News” section which is located on the homepage. You can also use the “Search” feature in the top right side of the page if you’re not sure where to look. And if you have a question, you can simply email or call City Hall. Our staff is happy to answer any of your questions. You can find contact information for staff by clicking on the “Contact Us” link at the top of the homepage.

I would urge you to consult the website rather than relying on social media to ensure you get
the facts. If you prefer to talk by telephone, or meet in person, our city staff will be glad to accommodate you. And remember to reach out to your elected official. All of us welcome
hearing from our citizens. You can find City Council contact information listed under the
“Contact Us” link as well.

Q: Sometimes I miss the city’s latest news when it comes out, and I don’t always remember to
check the city’s website to keep up. Is there a way to get the news delivered to me via email?

A: I’m glad you asked. Yes, the city’s website has a feature called “e-notifications” that allows
you to sign up to receive an email when a new update is posted. On the website, click on the link at the top of the homepage labeled “NotifyMe!” then select e-Notifications. You’ll see a list of options: Select “All News” to receive all news items. You also have the option to receive notices of upcoming City Council meetings, Town Center events and more. The news notices are emailed as soon as they are posted to the website. The calendar notices are sent six days before the event. If you need further information, please send an email to info@peachtreecornersga.gov with your questions.

The second way to keep up with the latest news is to download the city app, Corners Connect.
The app is free and available for both iPhones and Android users. Look for the app in the App
Store (iPhone) and Play Store (Android phones).

Q: Now that the bridge is near completion, what are the plans when pedestrians exit on either
side? Are there plans to connect with the city’s Corners Connector Trail?

A: Yes. On the Town Center side, we are working on a new section of the Corners Connector
Trail which will wind through a stand of trees and along a small creek. This new section begins
behind the Lazy Dog restaurant and will connect to the Town Green. It will include a path down to the stream and a footbridge over the water onto the opposite bank. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2021.

On The Forum side: This property belongs to The Forum. The property management company
has confirmed it is working on plans for an ADA accessible concrete pedestrian path which will
connect to the shopping center. More details to follow.

Q: Your annual state-of-the-city address is usually held in July. Do you still plan on providing
residents with an update?

A: Yes, but this year’s address will be quite different than in years past due to the coronavirus
restrictions. This will be my 7th address as your city mayor and unlike years past when we all
met in person, the 2020 address will be presented as a video. It was shot in different locations
throughout the city. In it, I will give a brief look back at the tremendous strides that have been
made in our city’s eight years – and a look toward the future. The video will be released on
Wednesday Sept. 16. Look for an announcement posted on the city’s website in the “News”
section with a link to the video. All who have signed up for e-notification will receive an email
with the video link.

If you’ve not yet signed up for the city’s e-notifications, visit the city’s website, then click on the link at the top of the homepage labeled “Notify Me,” select eNotifications, and select the “All News” option.

Stay Safe,
Mayor Mike Mason

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Report an issue with the free Peachtree Corners Fix-it app

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It’s now easier than ever to report an local issue by using the free Peachtree Corners Fix-it app.

To Create a Report

  1. Select “Create” from the menu.
  2. Log in, create an account, or click “Create anonymously…”
  3. Click the box under “Select a Report Type” and select a type from the menu that appears at the bottom, then click “Done”.
  4. Under “Where is the problem” click the map; set the location by entering an address in the search box or by clicking the location on the map, then click “Done”.
  5. Click in the box under “Tell us more details” to answer additional questions and/or enter a description of the problem. Please include the address.
  6. Under “Add photos, video, or audio” click the paper clip icon to upload a file.
  7. Click “SUBMIT”.

To View the Status of a Report

  1. Select “View” from the menu.
  2. Select an item from the list, or click the map icon at the far right to see all reported issues on a map.
  3. Click a flag on the map, then click the status box to see details of the report.

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January 2021- Message from Mayor Mike Mason

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Looking Ahead to a New Year

2020 was tough. Who thought we would face a pandemic that virtually turned our lives upside
down? On one thing we all agree: we’re happy to say good riddance to 2020! The new year
brings us hope with the release of the COVID-19 vaccine. We eagerly await news from the
Georgia Department of Health on when and where the vaccines will be available and will pass
along that information as soon as we can.

Despite the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus, the City accomplished quite a bit in 2020. We continued our efforts to keep you safe with the addition of 25 video cameras with license plate readers (installation to be completed in the first quarter of this year). For pedestrian safety, a bridge that carries walkers, joggers, and cyclists over Peachtree Parkway (S.R. 141) opened last fall. The bridge is part of the Corners Connector trail system that, when complete, will connect residents to shops, restaurants, and businesses around an 11.5-mile multi-use trail. In August we opened a new section of the trail that skirts Technology Lake in Tech Park. The scenic path winds along the lake’s shore and will eventually encircle the entire lake.

On the business front, the city processed over 370 new business license applications in 2020. Additionally, CarMax announced an expansion last spring adding 200 additional positions at its location on Peachtree Parkway, and Soliant Health, a health care recruiting company, relocated to Tech Park bringing an additional 400 new jobs to our city.

In the fall, we were able to provide CARES Act funding to a number of small businesses that struggled to keep their doors open since the coronavirus struck. The city dispersed $2.66 million in small business assistance grants to 118 local businesses.

Additionally, at its December meeting, the council appointed board members to the city’s new
Redevelopment Authority, that will provide renewed focus on reinvigorating the Holcomb
Bridge corridor and other areas of the city. The Authority can plan, administer, and implement
redevelopment and community improvement projects, as well as aid in identifying and obtaining public funding for industrial, commercial, or residential improvements or expansion projects. The Authority brings new tools which, we hope, will bring developers interested in investing in this highly visible and important gateway of our city.

The Authority board is made up entirely of Peachtree Corners residents who have broad backgrounds such as attorneys, real estate professionals, educators, and engineers. The members come from all geographic areas of the city and include men and women of different races. Councilmember Phil Sadd and Mayor Pro Tem Weare Gratwick will serve as ex-officio non-voting members.

Some of you have asked why much of the city’s initial redevelopment efforts began with the
Tech Park and Town Center area instead of the Holcomb Bridge corridor. With respect to Tech Park, it is important to understand its role as the economic driver for our city which supports the quality of life and high home property values we all appreciate. When the city was founded in 2012, however, some of its anchor businesses had relocated to newer technology parks in the surrounding metro area and the office vacancy rate was skyrocketing. By focusing our efforts on re-invigorating Tech Park, it re-established our city as the technology hub that Paul Duke envisioned some 40 years ago.

The development of Town Center is a similar story of necessity reprioritizing your best intentions. The city had only been established for about 10 months, when news that the 21-acre property across from The Forum was destined to be a 263-garden style apartment development. I can tell you, buying this land had not even been on our radar when the news came out that this undeveloped property in a prime location had been sold to an apartment developer. If we had not acted swiftly and purchased this tract, none of us would be strolling along the Town Center sidewalks to take in the shops, restaurants, and outdoor concerts we’ve all come to enjoy.

When we became a city just a little over eight years ago, our first thought was to focus on reinvigorating the Holcomb Bridge corridor. However, the situations we faced required us to redirect our efforts. Now with Tech Park and the Town Center well underway, we are now eager to take full advantage of the tools that our new Redevelopment Authority has at its disposal to identify residential, recreational, business, commercial and industrial areas that may benefit from reimagined uses which will enhance the quality of life for each of us who call Peachtree Corners home.

Happy New Year, wishing you a safe and healthy 2021
Mike Mason, Mayor

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Tiffany P. Porter Takes Office as Gwinnett Tax Commissioner

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Tiffany P. Porter assumed the Office of the Tax Commissioner for Gwinnett County effective today, the first African American to do so in the county’s history.

Porter campaigned on a platform of bringing a new type of leadership to Gwinnet that builds upon the legacy of past leaders.

“I’m honored that voters put their faith and trust in me,” Porter said. “I believe in civic duty and promise to serve all Gwinnett residents to the best of my ability.”

Prior to being elected tax commissioner, Porter served as the first African American judge in Duluth Municipal Court and had founded two law firms. In addition to serving on the bench and practicing law, Porter appears weekly as a legal analyst for the Court TV network.

Porter has a law degree from Emory University and was admitted in 2009 to the State Bar of Georgia. She also earned a master’s degree in Business Administration from Georgia State University and a bachelor’s degree from Hampton University, where she graduated with honors.

A 20-year resident of Gwinnett County and the mother of four, Porter is the first in her family to attend college and the first to earn a law degree. She is a 19-year member of Life Church International in Duluth, a 20-year member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and a proud two-time breast cancer survivor.

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