PTC Mayor Haddix foresees more 2-to-3 votes ahead

Peachtree City Councilman Eric Imker (L) and Mayor Don Haddix. File photo.

Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix, who hasn’t shied away from controversy by chiming in to local bloggers via TheCitizen.com, is venturing into new territory this week.

In a letter to the editor on Page A4, Haddix is now criticizing fellow Councilman Eric Imker for bringing up a matter at a council meeting which Haddix was already working on behind the scenes.

In this case Haddix is upset that Imker discussed at last week’s council meeting the possibility of renegotiating the city’s take of the 2004 special purpose local option sales tax for transportation.

Imker “approached it as if it were his original idea with Councilwoman (Vanessa) Fleisch speaking as if that were fact,” Haddix wrote. “... They knew I had already begun contacts with other mayors, which is the mayor’s job, not council members. They knew I wanted to appropriately keep the discussions low key until the appropriate time to move forward.”

Haddix also said Imker wants to take part in his discussions on the matter with other mayors.

“My answer was and remains no,” Haddix wrote. “It is my job, not theirs.”

Haddix also chided Imker, who admitted last week that he had lost his temper at the Aug. 18 council meeting when he voted with council members Vanessa Fleisch and Kim Learnard to reduce the Development Authority of Peachtree City’s funding from $35,000 to zero.

“When in positions of responsibility you don’t make decisions by getting fed up and mad and working to circumvent law, authority and those who disagree with you,” Haddix wrote in the letter. “You make sure you get it right, whether you like the answer or not.”

Haddix also said Imker’s suggestion of having DAPC come to council for funding of individual projects may turn out to be illegal, and an answer on the issue is being sought from state officials.

Meanwhile, Haddix has not let go of being on the losing end of a 3-2 vote that allows the city to hire an economic development coordinator as a contract city employee who will work under the developmental services division. Haddix and fellow Councilman Doug Sturbaum wanted the DAPC to be able to hire and have complete oversight of that employee. Haddix has contended a city employee in that role will be unable to offer the appropriate tax incentives.

In his letter Haddix quotes an email to council from City Attorney Ted Meeker that favors Haddix’s position.

Haddix quoted Meeker as follows: “From a legal standpoint, being employed by the DAPC may provide some additional flexibility due to the broader powers that the DAPC has in promoting commerce, industry and trade.”

The conclusion drawn by Haddix is that “a city coordinator cannot do everything a DAPC director can do.”

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Thanks Mr. Mayor

For making PTC look like joke. This charade needs to stop. Either lead, or get out of the way.

You whined before about a 3-2 vote, you're whining now. What has changed? NOTHING.

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Mayor Franklin

I guess it worked for her at the time?

Personally I believe in Bernie Marcus's style of management. He was a team builder...we know what he accomplished - HOME DEPOT.

Where is Mayor Franklin now?????

This comes right from his book:
Core Values and Company Secrets

Marcus and Blank, as stated in their book "Built From Scratch", attribute their success to eight core values:

- Give excellent customer service.

- Take care of your people.

- Develop entrepreneurial spirit.

- Respect all people.

- Do the right thing; don't just do things right.

- Give back to the community as an integral part of doing business.

- Take care of your shareholders.

- Build strong relationships with associates, customers, vendors and communities

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Courthouserules

Different strokes for different folks.....maybe this style of politics is something people like to see and it quite possibly amuses them.

What's happening here is what's happening in Washington. Pundits and politicians firing at each other for the all important soundbite. Mean spirited garbage while our country and our city suffers.

Peachtree City needs real leadership:

A simple definition of leadership is that leadership is the art of motivating a group of people to act towards achieving a common goal.

Put even more simply, the leader is the inspiration and director of the action. He or she is the person in the group that possesses the combination of personality and skills that makes others want to follow his or her direction.

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Sussberg & leadership

I have heard this story about executive leadership twice but am unable to verify whether or not it is true.

Story goes that Bernie Marcus visits Mayor Shirley Franklin and tells her that he is willing to spend $200M to build Atlanta a world-class acquarium. Mayor Franklin calls in all her Dept heads and says "Mr. Marcus has told me he is willing to spend $200M of his money to build Atlanta a World-class acquarium. If any of you get in his way, you'll get fired!"

Well, it worked, didn't it?

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PTC getting exactly what it deserves...

Maybe the voting public will wake up in the next election and stop basing its vote on how mad they are at the previous administration. It was no secret to anyone paying attention Haddix was going to pull this crap. He's been blogging since before he ran for council. Elected officials need to stay off anonymous blogs. There are more appropiate venues for engaging the electorate, Mr. Mayor.

We will have to endure 1 more year of Imker and Sturbaum and 3 more of Haddix. Let's hope the voting public will pay more attention to the type of people running and elect people who not only want to lead, but can.

David Downing

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Well Said wdd5885!

We do get the government we deserve! I've said before for the life of me, I cannot understand why the voting electorate chose Eric The Idiot over Beth Pullias. Beth has been attending council meetings for some time and has shown she is thoughtful, listens to others and does her homework on issues. Imker is nothing more than a search and destroy individual. I've never understood candidates like him who run for office with such disdain for the office they hold. And in hindsight, Cyndi Plunkett would be a much better choice for Mayor than Haddix who is showing signs of meglomania. Sturbaum? Hell, who knows? He just sits back and waits to be told what to say by Haddix. Outside of maybe Kim Learnard (unlike Vanessa "Does My Hair Look Okay" Fleisch who is just clueless, I'm still holding out hope Kim will mature and grow into the job), what a sad bunch of clowns leading this great city!

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Who's in Control?

It looks like Imker is a control freak who so badly wants to sit in the Mayor's seat and micro-manage all aspects of city business.
Sorry Eric but we already have a micro-managing, control freak in the seat.
Guess you'll just have to wait 2 years.

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yellow

"Who's in control?"

As Alexander Haig (republican, of course) once infamously said at the White House (Sec. of State: he was a formal General) "I'm in control here at the White House."

He wasn't, if the President & VP had not been unavailable, the Speaker would have been in charge of everything---not the Sec. of State.
Banana Republic politics!

Sometimes we don't realize how close we come to tyranny, rather than be governed by laws!

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Oh My Gosh...I can't believe Haddix is pulling this garbage!

So now Haddix is turning his guns on the 3 other council members because he realizes he is not going to get his way!

This is truly nuts and it should be a wake up call for PTC that they elected a mayor who has not management or leadership skills. To him leadership is digging in on what you believe at any expense!

It's real clear that the 3 new council members are going to take control of PTC for the better and Haddix and Sturbaum will once again fall back into a 3 to 2 vote like they did for the previous 4 years.

That's because Haddix and Sturbaum have no leadership skills...they do not know who to be a team, how strive for concensus and partnerships...they purposefully left the 3 other council members in the dark for months trying to railroad through their own agendas and now they will pay the consequences.

Let's hope Haddix is a 1 term mayor and the 3 council members work to make our community better.

For Haddix it's all about power, control, politics and never being wrong on anything....it is truly a sad character flaw, and it will never change.

Enough is enough....Haddix is doing to Imker what he has done to others....shut this bozo down!!!!!!!

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The immaturity here makes me pine for Steve Brown

You 2 need to go away and let some adults get onto the stage. This resembles Obama blaming Bush - although with Imker and Haddix there are no real serious issues - just ego-based pissing contests. Grow up you two and try to govern the city which was what you were elected to do, although it is obvious that neither one of you is up to the the task.

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Haddix vs. Imker part III or IV (lost count)

Watch this week live on pay per view as Haddix and Imker go toe to toe for heavyweight championship of the city.

I didn't even read this article I just think the face/face battle pics the citizen keeps post are hilarious.

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This does not reflect well on the city

Mr. Mayor

To use your own words...

allowing yourself to be interviewed for an article like this...

"goes beyond pale" And it does not reflect well on the city".

Truly unbelieveable, lacks total leadership and professionalism!

It truly brings shame to our city..why would any company want to invest in a city where the city's mayor goes on the political attack against those who disagree with them?

You need to start showing some self-control.

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Sussberg: the Mayor

Don't know what you are talking about this time! What article? That bad a job?

Nobody (out of PTC) is watching "the city" as you say, for what Haddix does with the council! Not yet anyway.
You are contributing maybe by constant barragement!

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Courthouserules - What article

What article???...scroll up and read the article...start with letter to the editor calling out Imker.....

"In a letter to the editor on Page A4, Haddix is now criticizing fellow Councilman Eric Imker for bringing up a matter at a council meeting which Haddix was already working on behind the scenes.

In this case Haddix is upset that Imker discussed at last week’s council meeting the possibility of renegotiating the city’s take of the 2004 special purpose local option sales tax for transportation.

Imker “approached it as if it were his original idea with Councilwoman (Vanessa) Fleisch speaking as if that were fact,” Haddix wrote. “... They knew I had already begun contacts with other mayors, which is the mayor’s job, not council members. They knew I wanted to appropriately keep the discussions low key until the appropriate time to move forward.”

Haddix also said Imker wants to take part in his discussions on the matter with other mayors.

“My answer was and remains no,” Haddix wrote. “It is my job, not theirs.”

Courthouserules....is that the kind of garbage you want to read about in the Citizen.."its my job not theirs"....come on, lets get real here!

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Welcome to the Blogsphere Mr. Sussberg!

I think Mr. Sussberg resigned his Planning Commission position because he suspected, and rightfully so, that blogging on The Citizen is much more rewarding than serving on a committee in PTC!

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Sussberg

I can only conclude that you, as Mayor, would resolve these problems in secret---not in an open meeting? Maybe he can't? He operates differently than most politicians. He is the Mayor and if he wants to say a councilperson is wrong, he can. I say go get em!

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