Category Archives: August 2005

Rough Rough

The road leading to Peachtree City’s dog park has been long and winding, but if all goes well, man and his best friend will be enjoying wide-open spaces before school starts again in the fall. Finding a place for the park in this planned community of 35,000 located 35 miles southwest of Atlanta proved to be the biggest obstacle, but many other lessons have been learned along the way. Plan that Puppy The effort to create a dog park began … Continue reading

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Doggone Checklist

• Site the dog park appropriately, preferably near a trail system with a water source easily accessible. Also pay attention to runoff and NIMBY (Not in My Backyard) issues. • Segregate big dogs from small dogs as equitably as possible. • Work with dog owners representing big and small dogs. Surprisingly, or not so surprisingly, a division exists here — mainly dealing with segregating big and small dogs and doing so equitably — that can cause headaches if not dealt … Continue reading

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Grounded In Safety

Most area law enforcement agencies consult with area neighborhoods and businesses on ways to prevent crime in their communities. Indeed, crime prevention is much more important, not to mention cost effective, than law enforcement in the minds of many. You are probably familiar with programs such as Neighborhood Watch, Dare and Community Policing in the area of crime prevention. Another program that has been used effectively by law enforcement is a program called CPTED. CPTED stands for Crime Prevention Through … Continue reading

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Happy Trails

I worked for a cement contactor one summer and he had been given a job at one of the elementary schools to pour new paths leading from the drop-off area to the front door of the school building. When he negotiated the contract I recall wondering why he committed the job completion date as “the first Monday following the first week of school.” He also simultaneously scheduled a full crew for that weekend in between. The week before classes were … Continue reading

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