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PTC Rec makes best of budget cuts

In-house work, volunteers filling the gaps

With about $1 million in recreation cuts since 2009, Peachtree City has had to do more with less.

The recreation department’s maintenance crews is down from 16 to eight people. And key maintenance projects have been deferred and will have to be addressed in the coming year, Leisure Services Director Randy Gaddo told the City Council last week at its annual retreat.

The good news is that the department is using its in-house capabilities to do more than before, such as the interior re-painting of the entire Gathering Place, Gaddo said. Just that one effort saved $4,000. Read More»

Here's your new sign

Peachtree City Public Services Director Mark Caspar shows off a new sign prototype that is being required by mandates from the federal government. The city will spend thousands in coming years replacing all street signs with models that have a higher reflectivity, and the new standard is for the whole sign to be reflective, not just the lettering, Caspar said. Photo/John Munford.

Peachtree City Public Services Director Mark Caspar shows off a new sign prototype that is being required by mandates from the federal government. The city will spend thousands in coming years replacing all street signs with models that have a higher reflectivity, and the new standard is for the whole sign to be reflective, not just the lettering, Caspar said. Photo/John Munford.

EMS usage on the rise in Peachtree City

Economy, aging population cited for 15% jump in 2010; trend continuing this year

As Peachtree City’s population continues to age, the demands on emergency services will continue to increase, Fire Chief Ed Eiswerth told the City Council last week.

Some 34 percent of the city’s EMS calls last year were for persons age 65 and older, Eiswerth said. That’s a big number considering that such people account for just 10.2 percent of the city’s population, he added.

From 2009 to 2010, EMS calls increased overall by 15 percent, Eiswerth said.

And this year is looking to be a 12 percent jump already, he added. Read More»

Haddix, Imker disagree on prospect handling

City has new economic development coordinator for new business leads

Even as new Peachtree City Economic Development Director Joey Grisham reported headway in luring new business and industry here, there remains a difference of opinion on the City Council as to how potential business leads should be handled.

At council’s retreat Friday, Grisham reported that professional marketing materials are in the process of being prepared, and that the city is having a solid presence at trade shows, where relationships are crucial to help land prospects. Read More»

PTC using video cameras, puts ‘eyes’ on rec sites, paths

Most likely you haven’t seen them, but they see you.

Peachtree City is using remote video cameras to keep an eye on remote areas of the cart path, and also to keep vandals at bay, particularly at recreation sites, officials said last week. Read More»

New Senoia library bid approved

It is practically all over but the construction. The Coweta County Library Board on March 25 approved the bid by Headley Construction to build the new 6,563 square-foot Senoia library on city-owned property on Pylant Street. Groundbreaking is tentatively scheduled for April 23.

Senoia Councilman and city representative for the library project Jeff Fisher said the Coweta County Library Board voted unanimously on March 25 to accept Headley Construction as the contractor and to accept Senoia's $59,100 change order on the project. Read More»

PTC to implement new building fees

Starting April 4, a new — and sometimes more expensive — structure for building fees will take effect in Peachtree City.

Gone will be a rate that calculates new building construction fees based on their square footage. Instead, the new fees take into account the total valuation of the project, based on either the contract for the work or a valuation table adopted twice a year by the International Code Council.

This will eliminate the difference between how a commercial project is valued and how residential construction is valued, city officials said. Read More»

PTC survey says . . . No new taxes

86% want to keep same or lower rate; majority says no to Gathering Place expansion plans

Read their fingertips ... More than two-thirds of Peachtree City residents who took the online survey this year agreed that city taxes and service levels “should remain the same.” Read More»

Imker: data says police, IT doing great job

Data from city reports and the citizen survey shows that two Peachtree City departments in particular are doing an outstanding job, according to city Councilman Eric Imker.

At last week’s council meeting, Imker praised the city’s Information Technology department for achieving a rare status based on results from the city’s survey. Citizens ranked themselves as being “extremely satisfied” or “very satisfied” with the IT department, with no lower-ranked responses. Read More»

Northern PTC-Coweta link discussed; new bridge over Line Creek eyed

Council declines to seek regional funding, wants more data from Coweta officials

An under-the-radar project that would link Fayette and Coweta counties with a new bridge across Line Creek was met with some skepticism by the Peachtree City Council last week. Read More»