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Peachtree Corners votes to accept grant

PEACHTREE CORNERS -- The mayor and city council voted to accept a local maintenance and improvement grant from the Georgia Department of Transportation during Tuesday's city council meeting.

The 2013 grant deadline has already passed, but the city can still receive the $128,785.90 as long as it can come up with 30 percent to support the grant.

"Typically, this grant is tied to paving or sidewalks," said Johns Creek director of public works Tom Black, who is also a resident of Peachtree Corners. "It can't be used for beautification."

While the council may not know what project they would like the money to go toward, they can still apply and roll it into 2014 when they have a clearer picture of what they would like to do.

"We have to move quickly to get the 2013 money," Black said. "The 2014 grant will be coming out soon and the city will be able to roll the 2013 money into 2014."

Councilmember Jeanne Aulbach asked if the money could be for improvements such as sidewalks next to schools.

"You wouldn't use it for that because there's also a safe routes to schools grant that the city could apply for," Black said.

What the money could go to do is fix potholes, pave sidewalks in high-traffic areas, etc.

The council also approved:

-- Expanding the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District by 17 businesses within the city. To gain approval, 75 percent of the business owners had to agree, which city planning director Diane Wheeler said was already reached.

-- The alcoholic beverage licenses for Life Time Athletic and Super Carniceria Jalisco No. 6.