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Senoia pitches $2.8M budget with revenue on the upswing

Senoia residents Monday night heard the first reading of the proposed FY 2014 general fund that totals $2.482 million. The increase in revenues from FY 2013 is due largely to factors such as the small increase in residential construction. The budget is expected to be adopted Dec. 16.

City Administrator Richard Ferry said the FY 2013 revenues of $2.280 million are expected to increase to $2.482 million in FY 2014, a difference of approximately $202,000. Read More»

PTC Council eyes Wynnmade condemnation for drainage

PTC Council eyes Wynnmade condemnation for drainage

For the first time in a long time, the Peachtree City Council is expected to use the power of eminent domain Thursday night, in a small way at least.

The city is in need of stormwater easements at two homes on Wynnmeade Parkway on the city’s west side, but the property owners on both tracts have not responded to the city’s repeated attempts to contact them about the matter, according to City Attorney Ted Meeker. Read More»

PTC Fire Dept. study: Cut officers, hire EMTs

Fire Department joins cops in computer shortcomings; IT contractor ‘unreliable’ Read More»

Fleisch wins PTC mayor's race

Current Peachtree City Councilwoman Vanessa Fleisch, now the mayor-elect. Photo/Special.

With all votes counted -- Vanessa Fleisch has won the Peachtree City mayor's race 2,282 to 881 over Harold Logsdon in the runoff election.

Fleisch will join newly-elected council members Mike King and Terry Ernst, newly-reelected council member Kim Learnard and holdover councilman Eric Imker. Read More»

PTC mayor’s race to be settled Tuesday

Mayoral candidate and current Councilwoman Vanessa Fleisch.

Perhaps you got wrapped up in Thanksgiving prep, or a bad case of the Black Friday jitters. But there is still an election to settle in Peachtree City: determining who will be the mayor for the next four years starting in January.
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Barking dogs bring tighter F’ville rules

Barking dogs bring tighter F’ville rules

The Fayetteville City Council got its turn at a perennial problem that has dogged local governments across the country for decades: Barking dogs and upset neighbors.

An amendment to tighten up rules about animal shelters and commercial kennels got a first reading Nov. 19 by the council. The proposed amendment comes on the heels of recent complaints from residents about excessive noise from a nearby animal shelter on Industrial Way. Read More»

PTC cop report: Move along, nothing to see here

Chief H.C. “Skip” Clark at an early November City Council meeting. Photo/John Munford.

Consultants: No major problems in PTC Police Department; no complaints from female officers; pay is an issue

A consulting firm’s detailed evaluation of the Peachtree City Police Department revealed that while statistics show the department is very effective in its law enforcement duties, low morale is an issue among some employees.

The report, conducted by Matrix Consulting Group at the behest of City Manager Jim Pennington, is based on an anonymous survey of 40 of the department’s 72 employees along with a detailed analysis of statistical data and staffing levels. Read More»

‘Interim’ no longer, O’Conor picked as new PTC fire chief

‘Interim’ no longer, O’Conor picked as new PTC fire chief

You can remove the “interim” label now, as Joe O’Conor has been installed as Peachtree City’s newest fire chief.

With his troops behind him after posing for a ceremonial photo recognizing O’Conor for winning a community firefighting award, City Manager Jim Pennington stepped in to make the formal announcement.

The look on O’Conor’s face revealed that he was surprised — make that stunned — by the appointment. Read More»

PTC coasts through Obamacare this year

PTC coasts through Obamacare this year

Self-insurance fees to rise about 4% next year

The federal Affordable Care Act, often referred to as Obamacare, will have relatively little impact on the medical insurance offered to Peachtree City employees this year, the city council was told Thursday night.

Starting next year, the city can expect to see fees as part of the ACA that will see costs increase by an estimated 3 to 4 percent, according to the city’s insurance consultant.

The city budgets a bit over $3 million each year for its self-insured plan and has a policy that stops its overall loss at about $3.3 million, said Human Resources Director Ellece Brown. Read More»

Mike King takes oath as PTC’s newest councilman

Mike King takes oath as PTC’s newest councilman

New Peachtree City Councilman Mike King (L) was sworn into office Thursday night at the beginning of the City Council meeting. Administering the oath was King’s friend Skip Ragan (R), whom King said was one of his heroes because he went back for additional service as a Huey helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War. King was elected without a runoff in a three-candidate race earlier this month. He will fill the two years left in the term of unsuccessful mayoral candidate George Dienhart, who resigned his council post to run for mayor. Photo/John Munford.