What is happening in PTC with all the signs?

A Sunday drive in Braelinn Village on Robinson Road and Peachtree Parkway revealed at least five real estate for sale or open house signs with balloons attached. On one sign in the median of Peachtree Parkway, the balloons were already deflated and laying in the grass.

I always thought signs could not be in the median or have balloons attached to them. I confirmed these thoughts through the Brochure on Common Codes and Rules under the Code Enforcement Department on the Peachtree City website (http://www.peachtree-city.org/documents/Code%20Enforcement/WHATEVER.pdf). This brochure states: “No temporary signs may be placed within two hundred (200) feet of Highways 54 or 74 or in any median, and no balloons or streamers may be attached to any sign.”

My questions/comments are:

I wonder if this is just a Braelinn problem or is it city-wide (I plan to check out the other villages next week-end to see if the same situations exist!).

I find it hard to believe realtors are not aware of these sign rules.
I followed the sign in the median of Peachtree Parkway into the Village Green subdivision to see what realtor had the open house with the balloons. I was astounded that an established Peachtree City real estate company and its listing agent, whose name I see on many sings throughout the city, were the culprits!

I assume, always cautiously, that since it is a weekend, there is no enforcement available for those who choose not to follow the city’s sign rules. If this is the case, then what can be done? How can residents, including realtors, be reminded of the sign ordinances or held accountable for not following them!

I have no problem with signs (uniform design, brown and buff colors as required by the city) but I am concerned about the appearance of our city. Next month PTC and Falcon Field will be hosting the Great Georgia Air show and the last thing visitors to this event and or city should see are signs in the medians and balloons attached to signs.

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Submitted by thecueman on Tue, 09/25/2007 - 6:32pm.

I witnessed a landscape co. from the northside clearing out an enormous amount of trees and shrubs at the shopping center behind McDonalds on rte 54. Way beyond code. 20 yr old trees were replaced by dogwood twigs that were never watered and now stand as a dead reminder of the deed. I called code enforcement on Monday as this was a terrible violation of code. That person said they would investigate and get back to me. The return call was amazing. It seems the city planner (an I am the decider type person) used a little known law that he does not need approval from city code and can override it at his descretion.
Here's you food for thought: why would a landscape company from north Atlanta come down and cut out probably a dozen mature trees on a Sunday. The answer should be pretty obvious since code enforcement would not be available on a Sunday. I would imagine the city planner wasn't avaiable then either.

Submitted by ShortField on Tue, 09/25/2007 - 10:21am.


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Submitted by cowtipn on Mon, 09/24/2007 - 3:14pm.

Which one and who were the agents?

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Submitted by oodlesOpoodles on Mon, 09/24/2007 - 12:35pm.

Your concerns about the signs are valid. They do not just magically appear in the Braelinn area on Sundays, they appear throughout the city. It is almost like someone looks around and says, "WOW, I can't beleive no one else has thought about putting out signs."

You are correct about the Real Estate agents should know. The thing is they do know. Just look at the City durring the week. Rarely do you see the signs placed in medians or the like. Usually, it is just lost dog flyers on street signs, and they don't seem to last very long. They also know that Code Enforcement is not out on weekends. I've asked. To them, the law is only the law if someone is going to enforce it. which brings me to my next point.

The Peachtree City Police Department is sworn to uphold City codes as well as State laws. This is per the lady who answered the phone at City Hall. You can not tell me that they do not see them. And gracious knows, you can not tell me that they are to busy. I know it is not a primary function, but neither is sitting in the far back end of the K-Mart parking lot. Pick up one or two sings just one time. Or, heaven forbid, stop someone from putting it in the ground. Word will get out.

Submitted by JJPTC on Mon, 09/24/2007 - 3:11pm.

There were tons of signs with balloons up the parkway towards Target...Almost every neighborhood had them.....North Hill, Smokerise, etc....

Submitted by McDonoughDawg on Tue, 09/25/2007 - 9:22am.

Even for one day, it would not take a genius to figure out who is breaking the sign ordinance. A few calls to these particular agents, by concerned citizens, would probably get their attention.

Submitted by ShortField on Tue, 09/25/2007 - 10:31am.

I wonder if we could get the guys with the radar guns to take a day off? Or the water cops?

Fact is if Law Enforcement were not present and we knew it everyone of us would do the same. We would blow through town faster than Lindsay Lohan late for happy hour, we would water all hours, we would do whatever we wanted and know we would not get caught. My daddy told me once, and it's stuck with me, "character is who you are when you know no one is looking". Almost no one has character anymore.

If the city or the county felt that the codes were important enough they'd have those times covered. As it is, they don't want to spend the money.

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