Brookhaven Buzz - June 2018

BrookhavenBuzz Covering Brookhaven, Buckhead, Chamblee, Dunwoody & Doraville • LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown n ews A tlAntA Volume 28, No. 6 • JUNE 2018 PRICELESS ISSUE! Brookhaven Secures Land Parcels for Peachtree Creek Greenway Beautiful land: Brookhaven portion along North Fork of Peachtree Creek. ( contributed) In late April Brookhaven City Council unanimously voted to purchase 2 tracts of scenic property, more than 21 acres, for the Peachtree Creek Greenway (PCG). The acquisitions will help complete the route with a 2.98 mi. multi-purpose linear park providing alternative trans- portation, cycling and pedestrian, along North Fork of Peachtree Creek. The PCG Master Plan is a series of multipurpose nature trails and paved promenades. They’ll connect Brookhaven’s section into the 12.3-mile Peachtree Creek Trail running from Mercer University Atlanta in DeKalb to the PATH 400 Trail, on to the South Fork Conser- vancy, and ultimately the Atlanta BeltLine. Connectivity is the key in the Metro with construc- tion of large networks of trails that hook up and keep going. That attracts residential and office growth, then restaurants and coffee shops and picnic recreation areas. Peachtree Creek Greenway is a High Performance Public Spaces Initiative. The prototype was the Silver Comet Trail running west from Smyrna toward Alabama, which I first ran 15 years ago. Non-motorized, landscaped natural trails are incred- ible stimulants to local economies. A study of Silver Comet Trail revealed that for every dollar spent, there was more than $4.64 in direct and indirect benefits. The Atlanta BeltLine is said to have generated about $775 million with 9 miles of the Eastside Trail. Continued on page 3 DeKalb Receives “Best Fleet” In North America Award County earns first place out of 38,000 public fleets The DeKalb County Fleet Management Department was awarded the “Best Fleet” in North America Award sponsored by 100 Best Fleets in America and Governing Magazine. The county earned first place out of 38,000 public fleets and was recognized for distinguished custom- er service, sustainability practices and employee training. “The DeKalb Fleet Management Department exem- plifies all that is right about public service,” said Tom C. Johnson, founder of the 100 Best Fleets in America program. “The county has developed best practices that reduce the need for unscheduled repairs, maintenance costs and negative environmental impacts.” Fleet Management maintains repair services for a fleet of approximately 3,600 county vehicles and equipment. In the past year, the department has maintained a 99 percent positive feedback rate on customer service surveys and imple- mented green initiatives that include upgrading the fueling program, opening an environmentally friendly above-ground fuel site and reducing gasoline and diesel fuel consumption. Continued on page 21