Repair to PTC pools, All Children’s Playground set from bond proceeds

There is plenty of fun at All Children’s Playground in Peachtree City even before the coming upgrades to the park are made. Taking advantage of the fun Friday were 8-year-old Owen Leonard of Peachtree City and 4-year-old Sharpsburg resident Addi Harrelson while her grandmother, Janet Harrelson of Peachtree City, looks on. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Peachtree City is down to spending the last remaining dollars from the $3 million facilities improvement bond issued last year.

The funds allowed for a sweeping upgrade to a number of deteriorating facilities that included recreational tennis courts which had fallen into major disrepair, needed repairs for fire stations, and sewer improvements for the city buildings in the McIntosh recreation complex.

In a presentation to the city council last month, Community Services Director Jon Rorie noted that there was about $247,000 left from the bond proceeds, and he identified three projects that would proceed in coming months due to that funding.

One of the projects will provide electrical upgrades to the city’s pools at an estimate of $45,000, while another $42,000 is set aside to repair the All Children’s Playground. Another $20,000 is earmarked for repairs to the Glenloch Recreation Center.

Rorie noted that one of the goals of the facility bond upgrades has been for each project manager to try and get the cost about 10 percent below the initial cost estimate. Sometimes that was successful and sometimes it wasn’t, Rorie added.

As more ongoing projects become complete, more funds are expected to be available as those projects finish under budget, Rorie added.

Other projects that could be funded beyond the final three include upgrades to the tower at the city’s BMX track as well as improvements to the walkway supports at the amphitheater cast house, Rorie said. Those projects will be dependent on achieving cost savings from ongoing projects, Rorie added.

In addition to providing funds to repair city facilities, the bond money was also used to purchase a new bubble exterior for the Kedron pools while simultaneously repairing the anchoring system for the bubble. The $667,000 price tag also included a new air exchange system for the facility, which is erected in the fall so swimming can take place long after summer is gone.

Although critics argued that the bubble purchase was an unnecessary item that only benefits those who use the pool off-season, others argued the purchase was necessary because the facility provides a tremendous benefit by helping property values in being an amenity available to all residents.

The city last year increased individual pool passes and swim team fees to help defray the annual debt service on the new bubble structure.

The city recently opened the newly-renovated McIntosh Place recreation center, which formerly housed the city’s recreation administration offices. The renovation cost $515,000 in large part because of upgrades needed to the flooring to handle large groups of people.

McIntosh Place is being used to house senior citizen programs offered by Fayette Senior Services in conjunction with the nearby Gathering Place senior center.

One recent project funded by the facilities bond is the replacement of the roof on the city library. It will cost the city $185,000 not including a grant from the state to help defray the expense.

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the paper quotes "Although critics argued that the bubble purchase was an unnecessary item that only benefits those who use the pool off-season, others argued the purchase was necessary because the facility provides a tremendous benefit by helping property values in being an amenity available to all residents."

Let me explain something, PTC property values have not gone up one penny because of a pool with a bubble. Most residents thinks it is a joke and that apparently PTC is still stuck in the 80's. The property values you refer to either have their own pool or have a pool in their HOA.

Furthermore, many people who use this facility are not residents, don't even livee in PTC, and therefore property value is not even a component to their situation.

When are we going to vote somebody into office that has a back-bone and furthermore an understanding of how money works...what is valuable for this city and what is not. And don't bring up my argument on an ice rink either. I understand that an ice rink...maybe coming into Cowetta close to the Interstate. I can hear it now...why didn't we do that. Almost in the same vein has "there will never be a gas QT gas station on 54 west". Well it's coming. If we would have put TDK into action 10 years ago when I suggested you would not have the traffic nightmare that now exist at 5:00 in the afternoon. We are our own worst enemies.

On another note, our councilwomen Vanessa Fleisch (who have nothing against) pushed the senior center to the tune of a cost of $515,000. Now seniors can now go and play cards. And guess what, many come from Cowetta County.

I hope that we can find someone who can get a grip and understand how to generate revenue and not spend revenue. Someone that will tell the public what they need to hear and not what they want to hear.

A proposal that was put before the city 4 years ago would have already made an additional 1.7 million dollars for the city. Please. Please give us a mayor and council that are more concerned about making a difference other than just trying to get elected and for that matter re-elected.

Let me just ask you this...if you owned a company that required an annual budget of 28 MM who would you vote for? I'm interested to hear your response.