Peachtree City

PTC firefighter charged with DUI

Peachtree City firefighter/EMT Kevin Bernard McMullen was charged with DUI alcohol on the morning of Jan. 11. Fire department supervisors at McMullen’s place of work at Fire Station #81 at Paschall Road and Ga. Highway 74 initiated the process that led to the administration of sobriety tests by Peachtree City Police officers after performing a “mouth swab” at the fire station where McMullen had reported for duty. Subsequent testing showed the 32 year-old Fayetteville resident with a blood alcohol level of .135. Read More»

Mayor for Kedron gun show, staff nixed it without council input

\With several citizens’ concerns leading to the cancellation of a revenue-producing gun show renting out the Kedron Fieldhouse, Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix says the City Council may once again look at setting a policy on what constitutes acceptable use of the facility.

When gun show representatives approached the recreation department about the possibility, city officials sought the public’s input on the matter. While most of the feedback was positive, a few residents were opposed to the event, and Leisure Services Director Randy Gaddo ultimately cancelled it.
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PTC announces council election Nov. 8

It may be more than nine months away, but Peachtree City officials are reminding citizens of the Nov. 8 election for two seats on the City Council.

The seats which are expiring currently are held by Councilmen Eric Imker (Post 1) and Doug Sturbaum (Post 2). Both seats are for four-year terms.

Sturbaum is finishing his first term on council, and Imker is finishing a partial term, as he was elected to fill the spot of Don Haddix who had to resign his seat to run for mayor. Read More»

Reworked gas golf cart ban up for vote at Thursday's PTC Council

Thursday night the Peachtree City Council will consider a proposal to ban the registration of gas-powered golf carts, although existing gas cart owners will have 10 years before facing the same consequence, thereby rendering their carts unusable on the city’s 80-plus mile cart path system. Read More»

Haddix: Watch for more taxes in survey

Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix

Again this year, the annual survey of city residents will include a host of questions about property taxes and what services/programs citizens support the most.

Mayor Don Haddix said this week that he is concerned the survey isn’t specific enough, particularly when it comes to explaining the issue with property taxes. He noted that when last year’s 1.25 mill property tax increase was approved, city staff projected a subsequent .5 mill hike necessary for this year and each of the following three years. Read More»

3 commissioners show lack of wisdom

The article in the 1/5/11 edition of The Citizen concerning a special called meeting of the [Fayette County Commission] on 12/29 for the purpose of acquiring land by eminent domain was very informative on several levels.

This was not an emergency event and two of the members were losing their job in two days. The two newest commissioners, who had already been sworn in to office, attended this meeting as well.

When the commissioners went into executive session, the chairman refused a request to allow the new commissioners access to the session as observers. How is that for cooperation? Read More»

PTC strains at gas golf carts, swallows trash trucks

I am an owner of a gas cart and live in Peachtree City. I’ve lived here since 1987, and have had my Yamaha cart just about the same length of time.

I am amused at all the justification for the elimination of the carts. Most of the talk settles around the fact that they are noisy and stinky.

There is an element of truth to that, and I agree that we would probably be better off without them. The burning coal at some far off stinky Georgia Power plant is not in our back yard, so that is okay ... right? Read More»

Despite county policy, 24-hour notice goes down, as do term limits

Needless to say, it was discouraging for Commissioner McCarty and me to watch our three fellow commissioners vote against a measure to mandate that the citizens of Fayette County and the news media be notified a mere 24 hours in advance of any item coming before the Board of Commissioners for a vote.

The official Fayette County Policies and Procedures Manual plainly states, “All requests for placement of an item on the Board’s Agenda shall be submitted a minimum of two weeks in advance of the requested Agenda date,” (Administration, Commission Agenda, Section 100.03). Read More»

PTC’s Imker gives step-by-step plan to becoming council member

Many of you probably didn’t notice but at the last city council meeting an agenda item was approved stating that elections for council posts 1 and 2 are being held this coming November.

This letter is for you, the citizens, to encourage you to consider running for office. It may appear unconventional that someone in office would advise others to run for that office. But if you know anything about me, you know I don’t fit the mold of a typical politician. Read More»

Study history to discover future of our own country

The resurgence of our country can’t begin by siding with the Republicans or the Democrats. I am not saying that there aren’t good principles and good people in each party. What I am saying is that, over time, power and human nature tend to corrupt people and their policies.

Many politicians often put a “spin” on facts, so that neither present not future conditions in our country can be determined by what they say. For these reasons, I am neither a Republican nor a Democrat: I am a historian and, for this reason, I am a passionate conservative. Read More»

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