Fire Fee Explanation

August 21, 2015

The following explanation may answer the many questions that have arisen from the recent changes to the fire fee. It is important to bear in mind that there are various customer classes developed based on the size and type of structure. In general, a structure is considered to be either residential or non-residential. It has been determined that the average size home in the City of Perry is 1,743 square feet. That number was used as the REU, or residential equivalent unit. It is also important to remember that this only refers to heated and cooled square footage. For residential structures, the base rate is computed and fixed at $17.26 per month. For non-residential, there are three different risk exposure categories that have been predetermined. These were developed and are in use by the Richmond, Virginia, Fire Department and were used as a guide for the City of Perry. The classes range from moderate (1.0); significant (2.1); and maximum (2.6). These categories are used as multipliers based on the size of the building. Following are two examples of calculating a fire fee for a non-residence. 1. Non-residential structure that is less than 10,000 square feet, meaning that it is in the significant risk category, or 2.1. Heated and cooled square footage = 8,016 square feet A) 8,016 square feet = 4.59 (rounded to the nearest ¼) = 4.75 REU 1,743 (average REU) B) (The base rate for non-residential is $12.87) $12.87 (base rate) X 4.75 (REU) = $61.13 C) Since this is non-residential, but less than 10,000 square feet, the risk category is significant, or 2.1. $61.13 X 2.1 = $128.37 monthly payment 2. Non-residential structure that is over 10,000 square feet, meaning that it is in the maximum risk, or 2.6. Heated and cooled square footage = 54,262 square feet A) 54,262 square feet – 31.13 (rounded to the nearest ¼) = 31.25 1743 (average REU) (**The City has imposed a cap of 15.0 REU for any building in the City of Perry) B) $12.87 X 15.0 = $193.05 C) Since this is non-residential structure, but over 10,000 square feet, the risk category is maximum or 2.6. $193.05 X 2.6 = $501.93 monthly payment (**The City has imposed a cap on the monthly bill to not exceed $293.00 per month) Monthly payment = $293.00 per month Please note: If this building has a functioning fire protection sprinkler system installed, the monthly fee is cut by 50%, meaning that this $293.00 payment is now $146.50.

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Don’t Forget! Minority Business Development Luncheon – Friday, October 16, 2015

August 18, 2015

Looking to grow or start a business here in Perry? Make plans to attend the first-ever Minority Business Development Luncheon here in Perry on Friday, October 16 from 11:00 to 1:00 at the Perry Arts Center in downtown Perry. Working with the Pastoral Alliance of Perry and Vicinity, the City is hosting this FREE EVENT with the goal of promoting business and employment growth and development and entrepreneurship within the local minority community. Resources will be on-hand to provide information and expert assistance on how to grow or start a business here in Perry. Plus, enjoy lunch and networking with other business owners and entrepreneurs. All are welcome! Bishop Milton Wynn with Greater Word of Deliverance Ministries will be speaking with those in attendance and we will also welcome Ms. Donna Ennis, Project Director for the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center located at Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute, as our keynote speaker. Ms. Ennis and her organization is at the forefront of minority business development here in Georgia and this will be a fantastic opportunity to learn from her. MBDA Atlanta For more information, please find the event flyer below or contact Mr. Robert Smith with the City of Perry at (478) 988-2757 or via email at robert.smith@perry-ga.gov. MBDL Event Flyer  

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Walk with Mayor and Council

August 14, 2015

Walk with Mayor and Council is held the 4th Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m.  The public is encouraged to participate. August 25, 2015 walk will be held in District 3.  To download a copy of the route click here.

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Proposed CID Informational Session

August 13, 2015

The City of Perry is working with commercial property owners to improve the economic vitality and stability of the General Courtney Hodges Boulevard corridor. Building on current efforts underway by commercial property owners and the City of Perry, we are asking property owners in the area to consider the possibility of entering into a Community Improvement District (CID). CIDs are a powerful economic development tool, created and driven by the property owners in the district and could serve as a catalyst for community ownership, sustainable growth, and enhanced economic activity within one of Perry’s most important business districts. It is important to remember that CIDs are created and administered at the behest of the property owners in the district, not the City. We want your input and assistance! There will be multiple informational sessions / public hearings where you will be able to express your concerns, desires, etc. regarding the proposed CID and have your questions answered. The first of these sessions will be held on Monday, August 24 at 5:30 p.m. at the former Jaycees building at 710 Carroll Street, Perry, GA. For these meetings please have in mind projects you would like to see completed that will promote your interests and the interests of the district as we will be putting together a project list that will outline possible CID projects. These projects can range from infrastructure improvements such as roads, water, sewer, sidewalks, and street lights to services such as landscaping, recreation, and security. Please find linked below an informational sheet outlining CIDs and the process of creating a CID: CID Information Sheet If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Robert Smith, Economic Development Director with the City of Perry at (478) 988-2757 or via email at robert.smith@perry-ga.gov.    

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Perry Recognized by Expedia as “Comfortable” City

August 13, 2015

The City of Perry was recently recognized by Expedia as one of America’s Most Comfortable Cities. Over 600,000 Expedia guest reviews were analyzed to determine the top cities for comfort across the U.S. These real life opinions on hospitable accommodations routinely influence travelers decisions when looking for new places to visit. The distinction speaks well for our City and shows that guests to our community feel welcome and comfortable. Below you will find the link to the article. https://viewfinder.expedia.com/features/101-most-comfortable-cities-for-travelers

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Two Downtown Perry businesses BOOSTed

August 3, 2015

The first recipients of a new grant to assist downtown Perry’s small businesses and entrepreneurs with funding needs were announced Friday.  Davida’s Hair Salon and Tumblecheer Heroes were each notified that they will receive $1,000.   Davida’s grant will help with the cost of a new roof, while the grant to Tumblecheer Heroes will aid with the costs to update the business’ parking lot and building façade. The recipients were surprised Friday afternoon with a big check presentation, balloons and community members who wanted to congratulate the recipients. BOOST Downtown Perry is an investment group that provides grant funds to entrepreneurs and owners of small businesses in the downtown development district.  Investors, known as BOOSTers, donate $100 twice a year to fund the program.  Perry Downtown Development Authority, the Economic Restructuring Committee of Perry’s Main Street program, oversees the program, and BOOSTers vote on applications. Applicants may apply for funds for purchasing inventory, supplies, business equipment, marketing and advertising, interior and/or exterior renovations, a security system or eligible professional services. BOOSTed businesses, those who received the crowd-funded, micro-grants, received a window cling to celebrate their participation in the program and to help publicize BOOST throughout the community.  For more information, please, contact Perry Main Street Coordinator Catherine Edgemon at (478) 988-2758 or catherine.edgemon@perry-ga.gov, or visit www.perry-ga.gov/economic-development/downtown-development-authority/boost-investment-group/.    

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