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Electricity - it's one of the most important innovations in the history of humankind. It's hard to imagine life without electricity, and for good reason. Nearly every aspect of our lives is affected by electricity in some form or fashion, from the way you wash your clothes to the effort you put in at work. From a residential standpoint, you need it to cook, clean, entertain, and live comfortably. For commercial purposes, electricity is used to power the computers needed to keep America moving. That's why, when the electricity in your home or at your job is compromised, life grinds to a halt. Unfortunately, electrical problems are inevitable in today's day and age. When the electricity in your home or commercial workspace fails, you need a quick, effective solution that will get your life back on track. And that, in a nutshell, is where L&M Electric, Inc. shines the brightest.

Our company was founded in 2009 by Roger Lee and John Mezzles. With a combined 46 years of electrical experience, the two entrepreneurs set out to create a company that offers quality workmanship and unparalleled service to all its builders and clients. Today, we are proud to have served South Carolina for nearly two decades as the premier electrician contractor in Alpharetta, GA. Our family-owned business specializes in both residential and commercial electrical work. Our highly-trained team has the experience and skills to handle any electrical issue, from minor panel breaker problems to large-scale industrial issues.

Despite winning numerous awards and recognitions in the Southeast, we don't let our accolades go to our head. Our team is committed to providing effective, personalized electrical work for every one of our customers. We take pride in our ability to offer peace of mind to our customers when they need it most, and that's exactly what we aim to provide to you too. We're talking one-on-one service provided by a friendly, professional electrician. There are no corners cut, no hidden fees, and no excuses - only the highest quality work from the finest electricians in Alpharetta.

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What sets us apart from other electricians in Alpharetta, GA? It boils down to three reasons:
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service

As guests in your home, you won't ever have to worry about a member of our team trying to sell you something you don't need. Our job is to serve your electrical needs. You expect the highest quality electrical work in South Carolina, and that's what we will provide.

Experienced, Affordable Electricians
Experienced, Affordable Electricians

You understand that the highest quality work requires fair compensation, but you're not made of money. Our commitment is to offer affordable electric work at a price you're satisfied paying.

Family Owned & Operated
Family Owned & Operated

We know that you are choosing L&M Electric for a reason. Unlike large corporations, we truly care about our customers. As a family business, serving you is personal for us. We stake our reputation on the quality of our work. As such, we are accountable and will always strive to deliver the service you have come to expect from our company.

Affordable Electric Service That Makes You Feel Like Family

At L&M Electric, we employ the brightest commercial and residential electricians in Alpharetta. Having electricians that specialize in both residential and commercial projects allow us to provide our customers with a wider range of services.

Our team fixes a broad range of electrical issues, but we have built our reputation on the following electric services:

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Electrical Repairs

Every homeowner has to deal with an electrical component breaking or failing at some point. When that happens, you need a partner who can troubleshoot the problem and correct the issue efficiently and effectively. A few common problems that we help solve for our customers include:

  • Ceiling Fan Repair
  • Light Fixture Repair
  • Light Switch & Outlet Repair
  • Electrical Safety Inspection
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Electrical Installations

Whether you have a new ceiling fan that needs to be installed or you have a new electrical outlet that you'd like added to your bedroom, L&M Electric is here to help. Our team installs quality solutions every day of the week - there's no electrical installation job your residential electrician in Alpharetta, GA, can't handle. Here is a glance at some of the installation projects that we complete for homeowners:

  • Smart Home Installation
  • Electric Car Charging Station Installation
  • Whole-Home Surge Protection Installation
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Renovations and Remodeling

If you're renovating or remodeling your home, you need a professional electrician on-hand to work to properly install your new electrical devices and systems. Our skilled electricians are happy to work with you or your remodeling consultant to install your lights and keep your home shining bright. Common renovation and remodeling jobs include:

  • Hot Tub Wiring
  • Kitchen Lighting Renovations
  • Finished Basement Electrical Wiring
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New Construction Electrical Projects

Many new construction homeowners stress about having their electrical system wired from scratch. For us, it's just another day on the job. If you're building your dream home, don't leave your electrical work to mediocre electricians. Trust L&M electric for reliable service and the highest quality electrical work in Alpharetta. A few new construction projects we handle are:

  • Breaker Panel Box Installation
  • Wiring for Backup Generator
  • Landscape Lighting Outdoors
  • Low Voltage Wiring
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Your Residential Electrician in Alpharetta, GA

When you own a home, there's something inherently fulfilling about taking care of your property and fixing issues that pop up over time. When it comes to electrical work, however, DIY projects can be dangerous. Electricity is an amazing innovation, but if you aren't fully trained and licensed to handle such work, it's best to leave it to the experts at L&M Electric. Your home's safety is essential for you and your family. Our team will go above and beyond to ensure that your home's electrical system is operating correctly without any concerning problems.

With more than 60 years of combined experience as electricians, we are capable of troubleshooting and fixing a litany of electrical issues in your house. Keep reading to learn more about the most common electrical issues our customers report, along with some handy tips on how to remediate such problems.

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Panel Breaker is Tripped

If you don't have any power in your home, it might be time to check your electrical panel to see if there are any tripped breakers. If you spot a tripped breaker, try your best to switch it over to its original position. If you can't, remember that some breakers need to be flipped to the "off" position before turning it back on. If you don't have any luck, give our office a call. We'll send a trained residential electrician in Alpharetta to your home to fix the problem on-site.

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Overhead Fan Stops Working

If you have an overhead fan in your living room or bedroom, you know how quickly it can accumulate dust. Most homeowners clean up using a rod duster. However, sometimes homeowners accidentally hit the fan direction switch when doing so. But, instead of flipping it "on" or "off," they bump it into a limbo zone where neither direction is selected. When this happens, your overhead fan will not spin. If one of your fans stops working suddenly, this is one of the most common reasons why. If you're sure you didn't hit the fan direction switch, it could be an indication of a larger problem. In this case, call our office for a free phone consultation. We'll troubleshoot with you over the phone and if necessary, send out an electrician.

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Kitchen Breaker Keeps Tripping

If your home was built in the last 35 years, chances are it has two 20-amp circuits running to your kitchen countertop outlets. Newer homes will have three circuits. If you're constantly tripping the breaker to your kitchen, it's most likely because you have too many electrical devices connected to the same circuit. To help alleviate this problem, place appliances like coffee makers and toasters on two different circuits. That way, they can share the load.

At the end of the day, your home is your place of solitude and relaxation. But, when you have electrical issues in your home, things can quickly go from peaceful to problematic. Whether you're renovating your home and need a new room wired for power or your panel breaker keeps giving your problems, L&M Electric is here to assist. If you have questions about an issue or need to schedule service, our team is ready to help answer your questions and coordinate the best time for a residential electrician to come to your home in Alpharetta.

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Tips to Save Money and Maintain Your Home's Electrical Systems

Unlike some of our competitors, who are reluctant to provide any information that might prevent them from making a buck, L&M Electric is all about empowering our customers. If we can offer sound advice that will educate our clients and help them save money, we have no problem doing so. That's why we have put together some helpful tips and tricks for maintaining your home's most common electrical systems. Because, at the end of the day, a little knowledge can go a long way when it comes to your family's safety.

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Install Surge Protectors

Intense lighting storms can cause powerful surges of electricity that ruin your home's electrical appliances and amenities. Surge protectors installed at your electrical panel can help prevent these surges by grounding the electricity running through your home. They do so by directing it away from your electrical devices. This common solution is inexpensive, effective, and always a better choice than replacing expensive items like TVs and computers.

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Examine Your Breaker Panel

Breaker panels control the power to your home. When they go bad or are damaged, there's a good chance that you will lose power to most of the rooms in your house. Open your breaker panel and keep a sharp eye out for signs of corrosion and rust. Double-check that each breaker you see flips on and off properly. If you notice corrosion or if the breaker switches won't flip, it's time to get in touch with a residential electrician in Alpharetta, GA, who can inspect your breaker panel and recommend upgrades if necessary.

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Test Your GFIs

GFIs, or Ground Fault Interrupters, are similar to surge protectors in that they prevent electrical damage from happening in your home. The primary job of a GFI is to prevent electrical shocks that happen during a ground fault. Because water is a conductor of electricity, GFIs should be installed anywhere that an outlet comes into contact with water. You should try to test your GFIs every month, if possible, to ensure that they are working correctly. When you look closely at your GFI, you will notice a "test" and a "reset" button. Hit the "test" button to trip the GFI outlet and then hit "reset" to restore power. If your outlet resets, your GFI is working as it should. If not, you need to replace your GFI outlet. Because electricity is involved, we recommend hiring a professional to install new GFIs in your home. That way, you know the job is done right.

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Replace Outdated Light Bulbs

The right light bulb can add the perfect amount of ambiance to your home. Eventually, however, even the best light bulbs will need replacing. While they don't need checking every month, it's a good idea to inspect all your bulbs at the beginning of the year. If any of your bulbs are dead, you should replace them. You should also consider replacing bulbs that are incandescent with LED lights. LED light bulbs may cost more upfront but use less electricity and are more efficient over the long run.

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Schedule a Home Safety Inspection

In terms of preventative maintenance, scheduling a safety inspection for your home's electrical systems should be a high priority. These inspections will shine a light on the electrical features in your home that need to be fixed. Most modern electrical fires are caused by short circuit arcs, defective insulation, or broken wiring. An inspection conducted by a qualified electrician will help determine what needs to be fixed so you and your family stay safe in your home. Your inspector should cover your whole home and will examine common features such as:

  • Breakers
  • Fans
  • Exposed Wiring
  • Electrical Panels
  • Circuits
  • Switches
  • Outlets and More
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DELIVERING QUALITY ELECTRICAL SERVICE TO 5,000+ HOMES PER YEAR

he electrical system in your home brings it to life from the lights and appliances we use every day to the entertainment we all love and enjoy. You want an electrician that makes you feel safe while delivering the quality services you're promised.

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Full-Service Electrical Work for Home and Business

Whether you need light switch services for your newly renovated home or need a generator installed at your commercial property, L&M Electric is here to serve you. Our team will get the job done right, so you can get back to loving your life in the Lowcountry.

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Latest News in Alpharetta, GA

Alpharetta Restaurant Receives Georgia Restaurant Association Awards

(RestaurantNews.com) On Tuesday, September 27, 2022, the Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA) announced the winners of their Restaurant Association Crystal of Excellence (GRACE) Awards. All finalists are peer-nominated, ensuring the most deserving in the industry are recognized. Winners are chosen by the GRACE Academy, comprised of former GRACE finalists and honorees as well as current GRA Board members....

(RestaurantNews.com) On Tuesday, September 27, 2022, the Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA) announced the winners of their Restaurant Association Crystal of Excellence (GRACE) Awards. All finalists are peer-nominated, ensuring the most deserving in the industry are recognized. Winners are chosen by the GRACE Academy, comprised of former GRACE finalists and honorees as well as current GRA Board members.

Casa Nuova Italian Restaurant owners took home two of these prestigious awards, including Restaurant Manager of the Year (Pepe Fundora) and the Hall of Fame award (the late Tony Fondora):

Restaurant Manager of the Year Jose “Pepe” Fundora

2022’s Restaurant Manager of the Year attributes his love of hospitality to his parents while growing up in the restaurant business. Having worked in the industry for 24 years, he is the co-owner of his family’s restaurant as well as a certified sommelier. He believes that nothing is impossible through hard work and by taking risks, you will see outcomes. Such is true with serving guests with grace and a smile as they choose to return time and again to dine and celebrate special occasions.

Pepe is also owner of Cork & Glass Wine Shop. Pepe is accredited through The Court of Master Sommeliers (Level 1 in 2016; Level 2 {Certified Sommelier} in 2018) and is currently studying to become an Advanced Sommelier (Level 3) and eventually will finish at Master Sommelier (Level 4) in the future. Pepe works to bring his passion of wine to others with the idea of “Making Wine Accessible”.

Hall of Fame – Mario Antonio “Tony” Fundora

The GRACE Academy is honored to include Tony Fundora in the GRACE Awards Hall of Fame posthumously. Fundora left a legacy of hospitality and community service in the Atlanta metro food scene. Originally immigrating from Cuba in 1962, he opened numerous restaurants with the love of his life and wife Maria at his side. In 1998, they built their dream restaurant Casa Nuova Italian Restaurant in Alpharetta. Fundora spread his love for food by sharing it with the community. His passion for fresh food inspired him to grow his own fruits, vegetables, and flowers on his farm in North Fulton, which he loved sharing with everyone that came to the restaurant. He would say “I am not better than anyone else as they are no better than me. And everyone in this world deserves respect and kindness.”

About the GRA: The GRA’s mission is to serve as the voice for Georgia’s Restaurants in Advocacy, Education and Awareness. The GRA is sanctioned by the National Restaurant Association (NRA) to operate Georgia’s only not-for-profit representing the state’s foodservice industry. From large chains to start-ups, the GRA helps make Georgia a better place for restaurants to do business and helps make restaurants better for Georgia. For more information, visit garestaurants.org.

The GRACE Awards Gala, an inclusive event honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to Georgia’s restaurant industry, took place at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta and awarded Restaurateur of the Year, Industry Partner of the Year, Hospitality Hero of the Year (formerly Distinguished Service), Restaurant Manager of the Year, Restaurant Employee of the Year and ProStart® Student of the Year. New to 2022, the GRA added Restaurateur Rookie of the Year and the GRA Hall of Fame as well as a new category nominated and voted on by the Georgia restaurant community – “Georgia On My Mind” People’s Choice Awards.

“While Georgia’s restaurants are still recovering from the pandemic, the GRACE Awards Gala is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the incredible individuals and companies that created a more hospitable and familiar world during one of the most challenging periods in recent memory,” said Karen Bremer, President + CEO of the Georgia Restaurant Association. “Our industry epitomizes resilience.”

For more information, visit garestaurants.org/grace.

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Fulton County Recognizes Voter Education Week

The Fulton County Voter Education Outreach Team is traveling the county to educate voters.National Voter Education Week, which begins Monday, October 3, and runs through Friday, October 7, 2022, is a week-long initiative to promote voter registration and preparation for election days. In recognition, the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections’ Voter Education Outreach team is hosting a series of events to equip voters with the tools, information, and confidence they need to cast their ballots.“As the...

The Fulton County Voter Education Outreach Team is traveling the county to educate voters.

National Voter Education Week, which begins Monday, October 3, and runs through Friday, October 7, 2022, is a week-long initiative to promote voter registration and preparation for election days. In recognition, the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections’ Voter Education Outreach team is hosting a series of events to equip voters with the tools, information, and confidence they need to cast their ballots.

“As the November 8, 2022 General Election approaches, it is vital that the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections continues providing voters with accurate information and resources,” said Voter Outreach Education Manager LaShandra Little. “National Voter Education Week will be another excellent opportunity to once again reach out to voters to answer questions, encourage voter registration, and to continue our efforts to recruit poll workers.”

In recognition of National Voter Education Week, Fulton County will visit the following locations:

10/3/2022 Buckhead Library 269 Buckhead Avenue Atlanta, GA 30305 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

10/3/2022 Addington Place of Roswell 550 Barrington Drive Roswell, GA 30075 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

10/3/2022 Georgia State University University Commons 141 Piedmont Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

10/4/2022 Deputy Registrar Chattahoochee High School, 5230 Taylor Road Johns Creek, GA 30022 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

10/4/2022 City of Union City 5047 Union Street Union City, GA 30291 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

10/4/2022 Georgia State University 3775 Brookside Parkway, Alpharetta, GA 30022 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

10/5/2022 Alpharetta Library 10 Park Plaza Alpharetta, GA 30009 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

10/5/2022 Georgia State University 55 Gilmer Street SE Atlanta, GA 30303 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

10/5/2022 Morehouse College 830 Westview Drive, Atlanta GA in LOT B near Tennis Courts 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

10/6/2022 CAU Votes – Clark Atlanta University 223 James P Brawley Drive SW, Atlanta, GA 30314 Student Center Lobby and Bus on Student Movement Blvd next to the Student Center, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

10/6/2022 Georgia State University Piedmont North 175 Piedmont Avenue NE Atlanta GA 30303 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

10/6/2022 Midtown High School 929 Charles Allen Drive NE Atlanta, GA 30309 10:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

10/6/2022 Lutheran Towers Senior Community 727 Juniper Street NE Atlanta, GA 30308 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

10/7/2022 Georgia Institute of Technology349 Ferst Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30332 (Tech green in central campus) 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

10/7/2022 Helen S. Mills Senior Facility 515 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue NE. Atlanta, GA 30312 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

10/7/2022 Canterbury Court 3750 Peachtree Road NE Atlanta, GA. 30319 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

10/7/2022 Signature Health Care of Buckhead 54 Peachtree Park Drive, NE Atlanta, GA 30309 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

10/7/2022 Northeast /Spruill Oaks Branch 9560 Spruill Road Johns Creek, GA 30022 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Fulton County residents can also register to vote at each of Fulton County’s 34 library branches. Additionally, Georgia offers online voter registration. Voters can register by mail to vote in Georgia by printing a voter registration form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office. You can also register to vote in person if you prefer. If you have already registered to vote, you can check your registration and remind family and friends to also get registered.

Early voting in Fulton County begins October 17 and ends November 4, 2022. For more information about how to register to vote, log onto https://registertovote.sos.ga.gov/GAOLVR/welcometoga.do#no-back-button

Mativ Announces Relocation of Atlanta-Area Headquarters

ALPHARETTA, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mativ Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MATV), a global leader in specialty materials, today announced the planned relocation of its corporate headquarters to a new location in Alpharetta, Georgia. Mativ is a ~$3 billion manufacturer of critical components and engineered solutions, the result of the ...

ALPHARETTA, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mativ Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MATV), a global leader in specialty materials, today announced the planned relocation of its corporate headquarters to a new location in Alpharetta, Georgia. Mativ is a ~$3 billion manufacturer of critical components and engineered solutions, the result of the successfully completed merger between Neenah, Inc. and Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc.. The move will enable the company to further enhance its employee experience, innovation and customer support.

“Mativ is working with customers around the world to use the power of engineering and science to solve their most critical challenges. We couldn’t be prouder to lead this work out of a creative, collaborative new space here in the Atlanta area.”

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“Mativ is on a mission for growth; and there is no better community for high-growth global businesses than the Atlanta metro region,” said Julie Schertell, CEO of Mativ. “As we bring together two strong workforces into this new global leader in specialty materials, we are creating a dynamic and collaborative space that provides an attractive and inspiring place for our employees.”

Mativ will lease 35,000-square feet at its new location at 100 Kimball Place in Alpharetta, combining more than 150 employees from locations at 3460 Preston Ridge Road (formerly Neenah’s headquarters) and 100 North Point Center (formerly SWM International’s headquarters), both also in Alpharetta. 100 Kimball Place, a six-story office building delivered in 2021, boasts a highly walkable and high-performance workspace adjacent to Avalon, one of Georgia’s premier shopping, dining, living and entertainment destinations. This vibrant location and site amenities will enable Mativ to continue attracting and retaining the best talent as it advances its growth ambition. Site customization and build out is planned to begin in Q3 2022 and is expected to be completed by early Q2 2023. The company plans to market for sublease its current Alpharetta campuses following the completion of the relocation.

With this relocation of its headquarters, Mativ will continue to have a strong presence in the local Atlanta area.

“We have a long-standing commitment to the Atlanta area and an opportunity to do more with a larger company,” Schertell said. “Mativ is working with customers around the world to use the power of engineering and science to solve their most critical challenges. We couldn’t be prouder to lead this work out of a creative, collaborative new space here in the Atlanta area.”

About Mativ

Mativ Holdings, Inc. is a global leader in specialty materials headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia. The company offers a wide range of critical components and engineered solutions to solve our customers’ most complex challenges. With over 7,500 employees worldwide, we manufacture on four continents and generate sales in more than 100 countries. The company’s two operating segments, Advanced Technical Materials and Fiber-Based Solutions, target premium applications across diversified and growing end-markets, from filtration to healthcare to sustainable packaging. Our broad portfolio of technologies combines polymers, fibers, and resins to optimize the performance of our customers’ products across multiple stages of the value chain. Our leading positions are a testament to our best-in-class global manufacturing, supply chain, and materials science capabilities. We drive innovation and enhance performance, finding potential in the impossible.

Sandy Springs, Atlanta resolve Fulton County sales talks

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — According to a letter signed by Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens and Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul, the monthslong battle between Fulton County and its 15 cities over the Local Option Sales Tax has come to an end.The LOST one-penny sales tax is used by local governments to fund services like public safety, parks and recreation, libraries, courts, and other services, and by county governments to fund state-mandated services like county courts, jails, health departments and elections.A new agreement for the...

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — According to a letter signed by Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens and Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul, the monthslong battle between Fulton County and its 15 cities over the Local Option Sales Tax has come to an end.

The LOST one-penny sales tax is used by local governments to fund services like public safety, parks and recreation, libraries, courts, and other services, and by county governments to fund state-mandated services like county courts, jails, health departments and elections.

A new agreement for the $3 billion sales tax will grant Fulton County about 10 percent of total revenues generated over the 10-year life of LOST, documents obtained by Appen Media show.

“It is our hope and intent that this offer is received, considered, and accepted by the County effectively ending the required decennial renegotiation of the distribution of proceeds collected under the Local Option Sales Tax with a positive resolution to negotiations,” the letter said.

Signed by Dickens and Paul Nov. 1, who represent municipalities with a combined population of over 50 percent of county residents, the agreement was also reportedly approved by Fulton County Commissioners at their Nov. 2 meeting, with Commission Chair Robb Pitts and Commissioner Khadijah Abdur-Rahman abstaining and Commissioner Marvin S. Arrington, Jr. absent from the vote.

In a statement to Appen Media, Vice Chairman Liz Hausmann said she was pleased the two parties were able to reach a “positive conclusion” after the lengthy negotiation process.

“Under the new formula, the cities will remain whole, the county will share the increase, and the financial needs of both parties will be met,” Hausmann said. “Most importantly, Fulton County taxpayers are protected from tax increases from both Fulton County and their City.”

Prior to this agreement, city and county officials spent several months in official and unofficial negotiation and mediation sessions, debating whether Fulton County should receive a much larger portion of the tax revenues than it has received in recent years.

County negotiators initially argued for returning to a pre-2000 LOST distribution rate split of 35 percent to the county and 65 percent the cities, which raised an immediate outcry from city officials and residents.

On Friday, Paul said that he was exhausted by the negotiation process, but relieved by the agreement and is ready to move forward with other things facing his city.

“I think we worked out the best deal that we possibly reach, given the constraints and the fact that Fulton County had a veto,” Paul said. “They could have simply walked away and revenues to all of us would have disappeared, which would have been catastrophic. So, I think under the circumstances, we worked out the best deal that could be made.”

With this agreement now seemingly finalized, Fulton County city leaders will need to decide how the remaining 90 percent of total revenues will be divided. Most often, the pot is generally apportioned based on each city’s population, while the county keeps a small portion for administrative fees.

After that is decided, the cities and county will formally sign an agreement that will need to be filed with state officials before the Dec. 30 deadline.

City leaders were scheduled to meet with the Fulton County Board of Commissioners at a Specially called meeting on Friday, Nov. 4, but that meeting has since been removed from Fulton County’s calendar. Instead, city representatives met Friday in a closed session to discuss municipal LOST distributions.

Following that discussion, several north Fulton County mayors shared their appreciation that the negotiation process is almost finally over. But said some important questions still remain.

The biggest of those questions, beyond how the city portion of revenues will be divided, is how the LOST negotiation process can be streamlined in the future.

“We do a disservice to future city leaders 10 years from now, if we don't try to get this cleaned up in the legislature, before everybody forgets that we went through all this,” Alpharetta Mayor Jim Gilvin said.

Gilvin, and other municipal leaders, said they were forced to devote countless hours to LOST during the six-month negotiation process that could have been spent on other city business, due to what they believe is a broken system.

And the simple fact that the $3 billion LOST could have gone away, if things played out differently, is enough reason for the state legislature to act on it, they said.

“I think it's irresponsible for us to continue making such a critical decision in such a haphazard way,” he said.

$500 million plan to revamp one of metro Atlanta’s biggest malls rejected

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — The Alpharetta City Council rejected a $500 million plan to redevelop the aging North Point Mall, voting 7-0 Monday to deny rezoning the 100-acre property.North Point Mall in Alpharetta, which opened in 1993, has struggled in recent years, especially with the arrival of Avalon, a nearby mixed-use development.Plans ...

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — The Alpharetta City Council rejected a $500 million plan to redevelop the aging North Point Mall, voting 7-0 Monday to deny rezoning the 100-acre property.

North Point Mall in Alpharetta, which opened in 1993, has struggled in recent years, especially with the arrival of Avalon, a nearby mixed-use development.

Plans called for demolishing 464,000 square feet of North Point Mall and creating an outdoor-centered village environment. The development would also have featured a 120,000-square-foot office building and an upscale hotel, along with 18 acres of green space.

“People living here, people working here, people staying here overnight, people enjoying the public spaces, none of which is happening today,” Terry Montesi, the CEO of Trademark Property Company, said in October.

“What we voted was to deny a project that didn’t bring anything of value to the city as far as what we currently have and maybe what we currently need,” Alpharetta Mayor Pro Tem Dan Merkel said. “A hotel, apartments, some shopping – it just wasn’t creative enough. And it didn’t bring enough of anything of value that was new to the city.”

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One point of contention between the city and the developer was the number of rental homes. Trademark proposed 875 apartments and 103 for-sale homes. During the City Council meeting Monday night, Montesi defended the number of rental units. “In this district, more is better,” he said. “To help the retail, it’s better. To help office space in the future, it’s better. The location is super important. This is the right location for multifamily housing.”

The Alpharetta Planning Commission already approved the project, but it still needed a vote from the City Council. If the project was not approved, Montesi has said, the entire mall property would likely have to shut down.

Mayor Jim Gilvin described the ratio of apartments to for-sale homes as “a little bit out of whack.” But Montesi has said fewer apartments would not make the project viable.

“The business climate today just doesn’t allow them to do a project with the components that we’ve learned need to be there for a successful mixed-use development,” Gilvin said.

A spokesperson for Trademark said Montesi was not available for comment Tuesday. The developer has at least six months to submit another proposal for the property.

As for the future of North Point Mall, Gilvin said “it’s been a top priority for us in the city.”

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