City of Pine Lake: Latest Information
NOTICE: CITY COUNCIL MEETING CANCELLED FOR MAY 31, 2016 --- … [Read More...]
Congratulations to Susan Lightcap for winning the first annual M.A.P. Makers Grant! Thank you to each applicant. All three judges agreed that this was a hard decision because all of the submissions … [Read More...]
MEETING NOTICE Town Hall Meeting TOPIC: “GREENHAVEN” May 18, 2016 7:00 PM Club House 300 Club House Drive -end- … [Read More...]
MEETING NOTICE Town Hall Meeting “CHAT WITH THE MAYOR” May 11, 2016 7:00 PM Club House 300 Club House Drive -end- … [Read More...]
CITY OF PINE LAKE ACTION AGENDA MAY 9, 2016 7:30 PM Call to order- Mayor Melanie Hammet called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. Present were Mayor Pro Tem Megan Pulsts, Council Members … [Read More...]
Weclome to Pine Lake!
The City of Pine Lake Welcomes You
• Get a Post Office box (free, because home mail delivery is not available in this small city) and give this address or another billable address to the City Administration Department (in the little blue house, between the Clubhouse and the CourtHouse/Police Station).
• Register your car in Pine Lake (with DeKalb County Dept. of Motor Vehicles), and change your voter registration.
• Make sure your house numbers are posted in a conspicuous place visible from the street: at least 3” high, with a reflective material. This will make it easy to identify your house in case of an emergency.
Trash and yard waste
• A company called Republic Services (678-463-2873) picks up household trash and recycling. Pick up is Thursday morning, and all trash/garbage must be bagged. You can put your cans out on Wednesday evening; please store them again, out of sight of the street, by Friday at noon. City Hall can supply recycling bins if you need one.
• Yard debris (leaves, grass, yard clippings) must placed in containers (bags or cans). Limbs or large sticks must fit in bins, or be bundled for ease of handling.
• If you have other items to dispose of which will not fit into bags or bins, you may request a pickup service from Public Works. There is a charge for the service. Request for service can be found at this website and the Neighborhood Info menu and the Trash and Yard Waste sub-menu item.
• Storm water rules prevent us from leaving material loose in the gutters. Please keep your curb free of leaves and other debris – it is essential for the effective handling of storm runoff.
Fees and taxes
• Annual fees and taxes are billed by and paid through DeKalb County. Currently, each property pays $80 storm water fee and $97.59 plot fee (public property upkeep). Although these are called “taxes” in the County’s billing system, neither is deductible on your income tax return.
Parks and Recreation
• Park hours are from dawn to dusk. Swimming hours are from 6 a.m. to sunset.
• Swimming is allowed at your own risk in the designated (roped) area from Memorial Day until the first weekend in October (when the water is tested for bacterial). You can request a waiver to swim outside the designated area: see the Beach Manager or City Admin office.
• Water quality is tested weekly, and results posted at the beach. If the bacteria count is higher than 225, it is not safe to swim.
• Please keep pets on leashes at all times. Pets are not allowed in the lake. Please clean up after your pet to keep the parks safe and healthy for other users. (The police enforce these rules all over the city, not just in the parks.)
• Please don’t feed the geese and ducks! Bread is not healthy for them; they have plenty of grass available.
• Fishing is allowed in the lake if you have a Georgia fishing license. Please do not leave fishing cord and hooks lying around – they can injure children and animals.
• Non-motorized boating is allowed.
• The City’s public buildings (Beach House, Gazebo, Clubhouse) are available for rental. Check rules for use, current rental fees, and availability at this website and the Facility Rental menu and the Facility Rules, Regulations, and Rental Fees sub-menu, or email email@example.com
• A permit is required for many projects, including new construction, additions and alterations of 100 square feet or more, facade changes/removals of 25% or more, and additions of impervious surfaces like patios, walkways, driveways, decks, and gazebos.
• Please check with City Hall and the City Code of Ordinances before beginning any remodeling, construction, electrical, structural, plumbing, or hardscaping projects. The code is on the website.
Other Required Permits
• Fence installation, yard sales and tree removals also require permits; please consult with City Hall.
• All forms and permits are available at City Hall or on the website.
• Always call 911 if you need assistance, even if you don’t consider it life-or-death.
• For non-emergency calls, call 404-292-4250 and dial 6 to leave a message for the on-duty officer. Please note that it can take some time for a response.
• The Police Department can provide background checks, accident or police reports, or perform fingerprint checks for a modest fee.
• Those registered to vote in the City elect a mayor and five city council members on a staggered schedule. City Council meets on second Mondays (in the Courthouse) and last Tuesdays (in the Clubhouse) at 7:30 PM.
• Agendas are generally posted at City Hall a week before each meeting, or on line.
• Quarterly Town Hall meetings provide time for more extended discussions between residents and elected officials, or for public education. Schedule is posted at this website and the Events Calendar menu item, or call City Hall.
• City Council is a policy body that makes the laws (ordinances) of the City. The Mayor executes the laws passed by the Council (i.e., the Mayor is equivalent to the President and Council to Congress).
• Two departments report directly to the mayor:
o Administration, including the City Clerk and Public Works, headed by the City Administrator
o The Police Department, headed by the Chief of Police
• The best ways to know what is going on are:
o Come to Council meetings and Town Hall meetings and ask questions!
o Read PLAINTalk (the monthly newsletter of the neighborhood association), or subscribe to the Kingfisher Gazette by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. PLAINTalk is available on line at www.plainhelps.org and paper copies are available at the Beach House and other locations.
o Several City officials are usually at each Pancake Breakfast on the first Saturday of every month. We try to introduce ourselves to newcomers there.
• We always need volunteers for committees – there are standing committees and there are sometimes short-term committees for special tasks. Contact the Mayor or a Council Member.