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Peachtree Corners approves franchise agreement

PEACHTREE CORNERS — The city of Peachtree Corners will enter into a franchise agreement with Comcast once the final details are worked out after the City Council approved the transaction during Tuesday’s regularly scheduled meeting.

The agreement still has to meet the mayor and city attorney’s approval once the remaining details are worked out.

“We’re so close to having this done,” city manager Julian Jackson said. “There’s still an issue we’re trying to hash out with Comcast which is basically the clause on what will happen should new legislation be enacted from the Georgia legislature.”

Jackson said it shouldn’t take but another day or two for it to get worked out, but added he felt it was important to go ahead and have this voted on so the city could start getting paid.

“We get paid 45 days after the agreement is complete,” Jackson said. “Comcast will pay us $27,000 a month and it is retroactive to July 2012.”

Gwinnett County is getting the $27,000 a month in franchise fees for the city, but the money will eventually end up in the city’s hands as Comcast will deduct (from the county) the amount owed to the city.

The council also appointed Charles Barrett to be the city’s first municipal judge.

Barrett, who also is the judge for the cities of Lilburn, Duluth and Berkeley Lake, as well as a part-time judge for Sugar Hill, has lived in Gwinnett County since 1984.

“When we narrowed our lists of candidates, we all came to a consensus that he was the man for the job,” city attorney William Riley said.

Councilman Phil Sadd said, “He has a strong background serving in this role and has a strong attitude toward working with the community.”

The city also swore in land development inspector Richard Cooper, and code enforcement officers Reginald Miller and Francisco Clark.