Fayette County

Olive Garden restaurant approved for F’ville

The area along Ga. Highway 85 just south of the Fayette Pavilion will soon see the beginnings of a second new restaurant approved by the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission in the past few months.

The old Bugaboo Creek restaurant site will soon be demolished to make way for an Olive Garden restaurant. Commissioners in late April also approved a LongHorn Steakhouse one block to the south at the site of the former Johnny Carino’s restaurant. Read More»

F’ville OKs Kroger fuel center

The Kroger grocery store on North Glynn Street in Fayetteville received approval July 26 from the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission to install a fuel center in the area of the parking lot area near Taco Bell and Popeye’s.

Kroger will install a 785 square-foot kiosk building at its Banks Crossing store. The fuel center will include six pump islands with six double-sided fuel dispensers, according to development plans.

The station will be situated in an area of the parking lot between the Taco Bell restaurant to the south and Popeye’s restaurant to the north. Read More»

PTC cancels discussion to kill development authority

A discussion about possibly dissolving the Development Authority of Peachtree City won't be taking place at Thursday night's City Council meeting after all.

The matter, which was initially placed on the agenda at the request of Councilman Eric Imker, has since been removed from the meeting agenda. The Citizen received notice of the change after the Wednesday print edition was sent to press.

The reason for the cancellation was not mentioned in the notice submitted by the city. Read More»

PTC must justify cop car numbers

The letter from Jeff Christian in the July 27 issue of The Citizen sparked my curiosity. I wondered how one might determine if the amount of police vehicles, on hand and requested, was justified.

Being a senior citizen with time to spare, and having a friend of 50-plus years who recently retired as chief from the police department in my boyhood home town in New Jersey, I asked him for his take on our department’s vehicle proposal. Read More»

Numbers show PTC has too many vehicles

Last week in this space it was revealed that currently the Peachtree City Police Department maintains 94 vehicles. (It has since been learned that 59 of the 94 are used as transportation for officers to get themselves to and from home!)

The Police Department maintains more vehicles than there are personnel in the department. But, that’s only half the story.

The other half of the story is that Peachtree City taxpayers support an additional 94 city maintained vehicles. A total of 188. One for every 183 residents! Read More»

The lessons of the grouper: Fried or grilled?

During a recent visit to the Georgia Aquarium, I watched “goliath grouper” swim by through a viewing window that was two feet thick at the Ocean Voyager exhibit. At approximately 600 pounds, imagine the barbecue we could have with just one fish!

As I listened to the expert, I learned that eating grouper is not sustainable. Grouper can live up to 50 years, but don’t reproduce fast enough to keep up with the demand. In other words, if we keep eating grouper at the current rate, they will soon become extinct. Salmon, tuna, and tilapia are much better choices. Read More»

PTC Councilman Imker draws jeers for budget stands

I voted for Don Haddix because of his campaign promises and how he handled his agenda when he was a council member. The other council members, Fleisch, Learnard and Imker, also made and projected similar agendas during their campaigns and so being somewhat like-minded, I thought, I also voted for them.

The latter three, however, have proven to be a big disappointment on many levels. In particular, Mr. Imker.

First, Imker pledged, “No tax increase,” yet authored a 1.25 percent tax increase. He claimed, “... it will even out with the decreases in the rest of the tax bill.” Read More»

PTC Councilman Imker draws cheers for budget stands

I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to Eric Imker for his positive leadership as Peachtree City Council member. In his council role, through personal commitment and self-sacrifice, he brought focus and energy to the task of ensuring efficient and transparent PTC government operations.

Until Mr. Imker arrived on council, citizens had no meaningful means of addressing budget concerns in a constructive way (two minute sound bites by citizens at public meetings do not allow meaningful input). Read More»

Debt debacle: Tea Party has done lasting harm

The Tea Party and its assemblage of semi-informed radicals likes to reflect upon the Founding Fathers. Sometimes they have trouble with just who comprised those Founding Fathers. They seldom have trouble finding a quotation out of context on a subject out of context with an interpretation in conflict with the body of work which otherwise comprised that founding father’s ideas of government, governance, and life. Read More»

Councilwoman Fleisch: PTC great in many ways

Peachtree City is such a great place to live, we all know it, and the rest of the country is learning it too.

We were recognized by Family Circle magazine as the second-best place to live in the country for families. Of course, anyone who lives here knows that PTC should have come in 1st place.

“Drop Dead Diva” and other film/TV productions continue to find their way to our area, and the SANY Corporation is still building its facility, which means more jobs for our beautiful city.

There are good things happening across the city that sometimes get overlooked. Read More»

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