PTC eyes $2 million in equipment, projects for ’12

Peachtree City Manager Jim Pennington. Photo/John Munford.

Faced with necessary and critical infrastructure repair and maintenance, along with vehicle replacements, Peachtree City is poised to use financing in the coming year to the tune of $2 million or more.

So far the figure adds up to some $1.76 million, but the figure is expected to climb after having an independent analysis of city infrastructure, officials said at Monday’s budget workshop between city staff and the City Council.

City Manager Jim Pennington told council that some parts of the city are really starting to show their age and beginning to deteriorate, and those areas must be addressed. Doing so is important “to maintaining the quality of life,” Pennington said.

On tap for the coming budget year for financing are vehicle replacement such as the typical 10 patrol cars for the police department at $495,000, a new chassis for an ambulance at $125,000 and three new dump trucks at $225,000 along with other public works vehicles.

Also in the plan are driveway and parking lot repairs at fire station 81 for $100,000, sealing of the exterior walls at fire station 82 at $55,000, repair and relocation of the city’s bulk oil storage facility at $50,000, building maintenance and facility improvements at the Baseball Soccer Complex (BSC) for $75,000 and repairs to the roofs over the covered courts at the city’s tennis center at $150,000.

Then there is $100,000 set aside for improvements to the amphitheater building and another $100,000 for a new coat of sealant on the exterior of the city library.

It’s easy to see that operating a city is an expensive venture.

On top of all the above items are further significant expenditures proposed for financing, including:

• Replacement of the city’s backup computer system at $60,000;

• Replacement of the city’s email and archiving system at $37,000; and

• Replacement and upgrading of the phone system at the public services (public works) building at $25,000; and

• Public services break room and restroom renovations at $40,000.

With a host of other similar big-ticket expenditures planned for the next five years, running the gamut from the resurfacing of the Kedron large pool to new fire trucks, the city is projecting to increase its annual debt service payments from $2.44 million this year to $2.99 million in the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

But there is no guarantee those projects will be funded in the future; they are simply in the city’s short-term financial plan and the final decision will remain with the City Council on a year by year basis.

The city also has some improvement projects programmed into the general fund portion of the budget which won’t require financing, including funds to improve recreational tennis courts in the city and a resurfacing of the All Children’s Playground.

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Seems there is no way around......

.........the tennis center costing more and more....even when we quit running it!

We are still paying for the illegal loan of a tennis pro and a sorry bank, and now another $100,000 for some kind of roof!

It pays to be a tennis player or a swimmer!

People don't move here for those things! You can play tennis or swim anywhere!

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If you want nice things you have to pay for them. If the $1.00 or $2.00 per month increase causes people to move then they are lliving in the wrong city to begin with. Not to worry about foreclosures...improved quality only attracts those who don't mind the added expense.

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If I did not want 'nice' things I would not have moved to PTC.

It is not the one or two dollars more a month. Believe me I probably have a better credit rating than more than half of the people who live here. I am just wondering why it is necessary to make these expenditures so soon after the library was redone. As a business man I am sure you want to know where your money is going. As a homeowner I want to know the same thing. Even though I am in no way worried about my home going into forclosure I am worried about others. The improvements on facilities does not insure against foreclosures--and if I am not mistaken there are some foreclosures here. Foreclosures in your city/area do nothing to improve or hold the value of your home. I would be remiss as anyone would, who does not question how their tax dollars are being spent--even if it is a tax of a dollar or two at a time.

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Nice post...for the most part I agree. If that even means anything.

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Another Tax Increase?

Mr Pennington, asking for the sky and having a Council so naive as to pass such a proposal is what brought us to the fiscal mess we're currently experiencing. Last year we reluctantly accepted a 1.25 millage increase in property tax that Council said would begin to reduce the city's debt. I see no reason there should be another.

I dare say that another tax increase will result in the removal of all currently on Council, and with the unprofessional manner in which Randy Gaddo was fired, your position could very well be tenuous. It's time to cut the fat out of police and fire, after all, how many moved here because of those two departments? Other than the Police and Fire Chief, that is.

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Mr. King, as per last years budget talks

Imker raps PTC mayor over tax comments, says projected annual hike is .213 mills, not .5

http://www.thecitizen.com/articles/01-24-2011/imker-raps-ptc-mayor-over-...

"As the city’s millage rate model used in last year’s budget discussions was displayed on the projector, Imker noted the projected tax increase is .213 mills each year for the next several years, not the .5 mill annual increase that Haddix has referred to on several occasions."

Nothing new here.

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My point being that little has been done to offset the debt owed by PTC given the added expenditures this past year alone. $750K for a firehouse, $250K for the 'bubble', and the list continues. We have a spend, spend, spend mentality at city hall, a buffoon as mayor, and a naive council when it comes to prioritizing just how it uses tax revenue.

You're right, nothing new.

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Mike King, Spend, Spend and Spend some more

Your point is well taken.

P.S. The bubble now costs $450,000+.

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So, why is our fairly newly renovated library needing exterior

sealant? Why do all of the vehicles need to be replaced at once? I think some pencil sharpening and reconsiderations are in order. People in the community are going to be taxed right out of PTC and then what will be the use of all the new vehicles, etc when the city is full of empty homes due to foreclosures etc.?

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All the vehicles are not and never are "replaced at once". While I can't speak for all the departments, I do know they have similar circumstances, and I'll relate to the FD's perspective of vehicle replacement.
First the FD operates presently around 28 pieces of equipment, which includes engines/pumpers, ladders trucks, rescue trucks, staff vehicles, watercraft, specialized trailers, etc... Like anything, motorized equipment, at some point needs to be replaced, and with any emergency services, it must be of dependable and usable condition as long as it remains in service. Then, in the case of the FD you also have standards and accepted practices to follow, in determining usable life cycles on emergency apparatus. This upcoming budget the FD had submitted for replacement of a Squad truck, remounting of an Ambulance on a new chassis and replacement of two staff vehicles, only one of the four items was approved for FY12.

A past history, in the FD, three administrations ago the citizens were often lucky if a truck made it to their house, or an ambulance made it to the hospital. There was a time in PCFD that front line engines were as much as 20 or more years old and barely ran or operated. That ambulances had 200k miles on them, were on the second engine and third transmission, and broke down daily. That some stations didn't even have an engine or ambulance, in some cases for weeks at a time, instead were covered by an old tanker or an old brush /Forestry truck we had- lucky for everyone the bubble held. That was a period of time when even once, PCFD had zero ambulances for an entire week, when two were down for transmission replacements, and one had a blown engine. Staff vehicles in some cases were old re-painted police cars with 120k-140k miles or more that were less than dependable, didn't have room for all the equipment carried, and even caught fire on calls (actually I can remember several old FD vehicles catching fire on calls or when responding to calls). We had engines brake down while pumping at fires and systems on the engines that regularly didn't work.

Typically in recent years the FD has tried to replace at least one or two vehicles annually, although the last few years have found vehicle replacements being deferred to the next year, or following year. We don't want to end up with aged vehicles that don't work, regularly brake down or are unsafe to the personnel operating them and the citizens they protect. And if delaying a regular replacement cycle occurs, eventually more vehicles might have to be replaced "all at once".
With many fire apparatus having replacement costs of as much as $500k up to a million, you can't defer replacements and not have some kind of ongoing replacement cycle schedule in place.

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I hate to assume that your explanation includes 'take home' vehicles for FD personnel, but I'm afraid it does. Also, I noticed that in replacing three FD F-150's, $150K was allocated. I realize trucks are expensive, but would these be 'take home' as well?

Don't get me wrong, vehicles destined for use solely for public safety I have no issue. It's when you place the fat ass of the fire chief in an over priced Expedition that he calls his own is where I draw the line.

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The take home cars which you refer to are assigned to Monday – Friday Officers of the department. And not unlike just about ALL the 30,000+ Fire Departments in the US are assigned to fire personnel that respond to incidents from home, both nights and weekends – I might add that ours do so more than many departments, as we are smaller staffed than many departments. Once again the person whom claims to “support” the public safety entities of this city, but just has to continually attack those that serve and protect the community.
I didn’t see the “three F-150’s” your referring to, but start adding up a vehicle, striping and lettering, 5-6k for radios’, 3-4k for lights and sirens, other equipment, etc….. – it all adds up.
Also again, you have no clue as to what’s carried in FD command or investigation vehicles based on your repeated posting in the last couple of years on the topic, so I guess you’ll continue with your negative assumptions and general ignorance with your postings.
Some people just never give it up.

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Now, these responders from home, would those be the ones that arrive 'after the fact' and obstruct traffic? Two fire trucks, two ambulances, three supervisors in separate trucks, and the police for a minor fender bender?

It wouldn't be that you're too close to this subject to be objective, would it?

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If you think by "too close" that I'm someone whom has a take home vehicle, your wrong again, just like most of your other assumptions. Just keep it up on these blogs, you're beginning to make yourself appear to be another Dollaraday/Bonkers alias here, with your many inaccurate and unfactual postings.

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Rereading my post, I said nothing regarding your commute arrangements which to me means the assumptions are yours. Are you denying that 'take home' vehicles aren't used?

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intheknow????

Now, disagreement with how tax money is spent is normal and that includes Police and Fire! It is common knowledge that responses are "gang" responses (too many) but the sounds show how busy they are!

Actually, you may carry more weight if you at least tried to write intelligently:

"someone whom"
"your wrong" (my right)
"unfactional postings"

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MYTMITE, how many police vehicles does PTC have?

If 10 vehicles represents 10% this could be a deal. I don't know, do you?

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They need a lot of cars!

Any policeman who wants one can drive it home after their shift. So they need one for about everyone! Even many the office officers.

The appearance of the car in a garage is supposed to help with crime!

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Guess it was built by the Police Station builder! (Mold)

As to the cars for the city----if one asks for the sky, maybe they can get half a sky!

Old cars will only do 95 MPH, new ones will do 110 MPH.
The repairs needed on old ones almost out cost the quality problems of the new ones!

Somehow the electronics on the new ones is worth twice as much as the old ones. These are $60,000 autos.

Not as good as a new "bubble" but better for morale!

We will shut the library down before we will not buy a bubble and new cars. Kids don't learn anything anyway in a library, do they?

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