Peachtree City

PTC Council to talk priorities, public input during budget hearing

The next workshop meeting on the proposed $28 million budget for Peachtree City is scheduled for Monday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.

The big decision facing the council will be whether to increase the millage rate by close to 1 mill (.098), which would raise enough tax revenue to counteract the decrease in property tax values. Read More»

City manager aims to ‘streamline’ PTC functions

Jim Pennington, Peachtree City's new city manager. Photo/John Munford.

When Peachtree City Manager Jim Pennington visited the city for his first and second interviews, he was struck by its beauty.

So much so, in fact, that on the way home from his second trip, his wife Dee noticed he was nervous.

Pennington said it was all because he really wanted the job.

“The first time I went back going ‘oh, my gosh, what an opportunity this would be,’” Pennington said in an interview last week. “I’ve been in some very nice cities ... but this is something just special.” Read More»

Grassroots patriotism in Kedron Village

Grassroots patriotism in Kedron Village

Jody Logan, who lives on Chambrey Hills in Kedron Village, Peachtree City, got an idea for a patriotic lawn, with an American flag painted on her front-yard grass. Admiring the grassy Old Glory are (L-R) Livy Hooper, Ben Logan, Hayden Logan, Abigail Hooper and James Hooper. Photo/Jody Logan.

Prides of Fayette brighten PTC’s July 4th Parade

Prides of Fayette brighten PTC’s July 4th Parade

The winners of last year’s Miss Pride of Fayette County Pageant show off their red, white and blue dresses as they participate in the annual July 4 parade in Peachtree City Monday morning. The event kicked off the city’s festivities which culminated with an early-starting fireworks display over Lake Peachtree. Thunderstorms moving south from Fairburn prompted a speeded-up display of exploding shells, the first time in many years weather has dimmed the annual lightshow. Photo/John Munford.

Gifted students skipping grades? That’s a bad idea for many reasons

I am responding to Matthew Boyle’s letter that suggested gifted kids skip grades in order to save money.

Your opinion has to be one of the most short-sighted letters I have ever read. I have two children in the Fayette County Schools who could most likely be chosen to skip grades. First of all, the vast majority of gifted kids are NOT Albert Einstein. They are just extremely smart, quick and hard-working kids who need extra challenges in school. Read More»

Fired employees not only ones treated shoddily by PTC Council

The City Council’s controversial action in approving a sweeping revamp of Peachtree City municipal programs — in the process ousting Randy Gaddo, director of leisure services, and Scott Christopher, recreation facilities manager, from their jobs and demoting City Planner David Rast — highlights the urgent need for improvement of Georgia’s open meetings law. Read More»

Are PTC drivers ignorant of pedestrian laws?

To the residents of Peachtree City and surrounding areas, do any of you know what the Georgia law is concerning pedestrians in a crosswalk?

The law states: “Drivers must ‘stop and stay stopped’ for pedestrians, not just yield to them.”

Many of us work on Ga. Highway 54 near the Chase Bank. Because of the various restaurants in our area, we are asked to park in the Office Depot parking lot and walk across the street (the road that goes into Walmart). We each walk across that street at least twice a day, many times four times a day. Read More»

If you can’t afford tip, stay out of restaurant

Since I retired five or six years ago, one of the things I like to do is go out to eat, particularly at a local Waffle House.

I’ve thought about what I’m going to say for a long time, and the time is now. Plain and simple — if you can’t afford to tip the waitress, you shouldn’t be in the restaurant.

I understand the occasional bad service issue, but this is quite another matter.

Today, as I sat in one of my usual spots, I overheard someone mention, “So the bill is $21, so the tip would be $3.” Read More»

PTC Councilman Imker seeks budget input

Please join me Saturday, July 9, between 10 a.m. and noon at City Hall to discuss the city’s proposed Fiscal Year 2012 budget. It is on the city’s website.

Council has scheduled a budget workshop for Monday, July 11, 6 p.m. at City Hall where details will be discussed.

Although no votes will be made at the workshop, compromises will begin to take shape as we move towards two public hearings in preparation for a final vote on establishing the FY2012 budget at the Aug. 4 City Council meeting. Read More»

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