Alex Wright: Catch-up on City News

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Alex Wright Catchup

The following is derived from a recent email from City Council member Alex Wright. Thanks for keeping us informed Alex.

Town Center
Our new target date for closing is now early December.  We had a recent change in the residential builder which pushed things out a month.
Code Enforcement
September Code Enforcement reports:
Map of September ‘Part 1’ crimes.  Part 1 crimes are murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft and arson.
Home invader shot dead by homeowner
A recent break-in of a home near Winters Chapel resulted in the death of one of the intruders
Public Works
Spalding (between 141 and Medlock – in front on NHS) getting paved – work starts week of 17 October
City street repaving done for 2016
City road paving (roads in subdivisions) just wrapped up for the year with the paving of the Mechanicsville neighborhood (near Buford hwy and Jones Mill).  Other major subdivisions paved this year were Bellhaven, Brookfield Chase, Spalding Chapel (near Winters Chapel and Spalding) and Mechanicsville.
Major neighborhoods next up for 2017 include River Station and Springfield (basically across the street from RIver Station).
Lane addition at split (141 and PIB) finally about to happen
New Lights
New street lights were recently added on Lou Ivy and Medlock Bridge.  I can personally attest to what a difference the night lights have made on Lou Ivy.  Big improvement.
The City will be adding new street lights across the whole city (on major roads, not subdivisions) over the next few years as part of a major initiative to improve safety and make our sidewalks more user friendly
Trail System
Below is a time line (and map) for the proposed 11 mile trail system.  This could change of course but it gives a nice overview of where and when the system would be built.
Segment ‘A1’ will hopefully begin construction later this year or early next year.
Trail Timeline trail map
New City Manager?
Our current (and first) City Manager, Julian Jackson, announced earlier this year his plans to retire.  The Council has been in the process of identifying and interviewing candidates for the City Manager position.  The Council has settled on one finalist that we will be voting on at next week’s Council meeting.  The finalist is Brian Johnson, currently the City Manager for Anniston, AL.
Economic Development
Tech Incubator soon to be up and running
Peachtree Marketplace facelift continues
Housing developments starting to emerge from the dirt
New housing – single family homes across from NHS and high end townhomes across from the library on Spalding – are finally starting to emerge from the dirt after many months of site preparation
New corporate HQ relocating to PTC
Rumors of major corporate relocation to PTC
Grab Bag
City’s first Recycling Day a big success
We originally planned for just one morning of recycling but due to overwhelming demand our Green Committee ended up holding recycling events on three consecutive weekends.  Great job by the Green Committee!
Veterans Day 
Veterans Day is on 11 November and local school, Cornerstone Christian Academy, will be holding a ceremony that morning at 10am in the sanctuary at Peachtree Corners Baptist Church. I’ve attended this event in the past and it is very well done.
Lillian Webb
Former County Commission chairwoman and long time mayor of Norcross passed away recently.  She was a trail blazer both in ushering in the rise of the GOP in Gwinnett and also as a female politician in what had been almost an entirely male profession before she came along.
I had an opportunity to meet ‘Ms. Lillian’ in 2012 when I was running for City Council and can’t say enough good things about her.  She offered her support and advice to me when she barely knew me from a rock in the road and I am forever grateful.  She will be greatly missed.
Christmas Parade moves closer to Christmas
After several years of holding our annual Christmas parade closer to Halloween then Christmas, a new group (the same folks that run the PC Festival in June) have taken over the parade and are not only moving the date closer to Christmas but also moving the location to our de facto downtown (the Forum).
The parade will be on November 26th and will coincide with the lighting of the Christmas tree at the Forum.
Alex Wright
City Council – Post 3
Mobile 770-315-1270

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