Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Peachtree City Life

Pedestrians on Paths – Left or Right?

Peachtree City’s ordinance governing use of the paths indicates that “normal rules of the road apply” and that “slower traffic should keep right.” The City often receives questions about where pedestrians should be because many people have been taught to walk on the left side of roadways so they can see oncoming traffic, noting that many golf cart drivers and bicyclists do not give the mandatory audible signal when approaching pedestrians from behind.

Georgia law is a little ambiguous when it comes to pedestrians – it only stipulates that pedestrians should walk or stand on the left side, facing oncoming traffic, on two-laned roads, and the paths do not have two marked lanes.

Rather than create an additional rule to publicize and enforce, the City encourages walkers to keep to the edge of the pavement, right or left, to leave room for bicycles and golf carts. Golf cart drivers and bicyclists are also reminded that, when approaching a pedestrian from behind on the paths, an audible signal is required - horn, bell, or a cheery call of “on your left (or right)!” as you approach.

Good News – CSX Bridge Notice to Proceed!!

The City has received notice to proceed from the State for the CSX Bridge and tunnel approaches. The project will be going out to bid, with a September bid deadline. The Department of Transportation (DOT) will review the bids and then give authorization to Council to award the project.

Traffic Advisory – Waterwood Bend Closing August 24

Beginning August 24, Waterwood Bend will be closed at the southern intersection with Peachtree Parkway (south of Booth Middle School) for a stormwater construction project. Residents of the area should use the northern entrance from Peachtree Parkway for the duration of the project, which should be completed by the beginning of December.

Thefts from cars, garages – Police Department Reminders

On August 14th and 15th, between 10:00 pm and 9:00 am, numerous items were stolen from autos and garages in the Heritage Subdivision, located on Highway 74. There was no forced entry to any of the cars and garages (residents had left their cars and garages unlocked or open). Stolen items included radios, money, a laptop, GPS units, an IPod, wallets, and alcohol.

The Peachtree City Police Department wants to remind residents and visitors of the following tips:

Keep vehicles and homes locked.
Do not leave valuable items in vehicles.
Call the police if you see any suspicious activity, or hear suspicious noises.
Be aware of you surroundings. Thieves will watch areas and will target cars, homes, and people who make themselves easy victims. Keep this in mind when placing packages, purses or valuables in the car – keep them out of sight, or better yet, remember that . . .
The safest place for valuables is on your person or secured in your home.

Fayette Forward Transportation Plan Presentation TUESDAY, August 18 in PTC

The First Draft of the Fayette County Comprehensive Transportation Plan will be presented by the Fayette Forward Team at an open house on Tuesday, August 18, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at City Hall in Peachtree City. Public input is sought before the team focuses on its final recommendations.

Fall Recreation Program Catalogs Now Available

The fall catalogs are now available at City facilities and various locations around town, as well as on the City web site at http://www.peachtree-city.org/archives/37/Fall%202009-%20web.pdf.

Popular ongoing class subjects include swimming, art, bridge, dance, drama, fitness, martial arts, music, and athletics. New programs include an Anime Workshop for Ages 13 and over, Happy Hands Art Classes for Parents and children ages 2-4, adult classes in Basic Photography 101, Texas 2-Step, Resumes that Rock, and Linked In, a class on online social networking. Register online at http://activenet13.active.com/peachtreecityrec/ at no additional cost!

Don’t Forget . . .

Fayette Forward Draft Transportation Plan Open House – Tuesday, August 18, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at City Hall in Peachtree City.

Peter Cetera – Friday & Saturday, August 21 & 22, at The Fred. Solo hits include “The Glory of Love,” “The Next Time I Fall,” and “After All,” and hits with the band Chicago include “If You Leave Me Now,” “Hard to Say I’m Sorry,” “Baby What a Big Surprise,” and “Hard Habit to Break.” Gates open at 7:00 p.m., opening act 8:00 p.m., Peter Cetera at 9:00 p.m. Visit www.amphitheater.org for information and tickets.

Police Department Reaccreditation Hearing - Sunday, August 23, 7:00 p.m. at City Hall.

Planning Commission Application Deadline – 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 28. The City is accepting applications from residents interested in serving on the Peachtree City Planning Commission. Applicants must have been a resident of the City for at least six months. Visit http://www.peachtree-city.org/index.aspx?nid=155 for more information on the commission and for applications.

Kidz Fest – Saturday, August 29, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Recreation Complex on McIntosh Trail. Celebrate the end of summer with food and fun for kids of all ages.

Summer Jam Concert – Saturday, August 29, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. @ The Fred. Featuring Christian groups True Story, Jeremy Whitaker, and the Atlanta City Church. Cost is $5.
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