Haddix out as runoff set for PTC mayor’s seat

Top voter-getter Vanessa Fleisch in a pre-election photo from her website.

The job isn’t over for Peachtree City voters, who will need to choose between Vanessa Fleisch or Harold Logsdon to be their next mayor in a runoff election Dec. 3 since no one in the five-candidate field got more than 50 percent of the vote.
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Imker decries sales tax failure at polls

Peachtree City Councilman Eric Imker.

Peachtree City Councilman Eric Imker decried the loss of a sales tax vote that would have put a 1 percent levy in effect for two years and provided $14.2 million to pay for road and cart path repairs in the city.

At Thursday’s council meeting, Imker pointed out that the tax only passed one of the city’s 12 precincts, and if failed countywide with 57 percent of voters saying no to the sales tax. Read More»

PTC cops to get new software

The Peachtree City Police Department will be getting a new electronic records management system to replace its 15-year-old software.

The $265,000 deal with Spillman Technologies will allow city police to share information quickly with their counterparts at the Fayetteville police and Fayette County sheriff’s departments, Peachtree City Police Chief H.C. “Skip” Clark told the city council Thursday night. Read More»

PTC to spend $265K on police data system

Thursday night, the Peachtree City Council is slated to consider spending $265,000 on a new records management system for the police department.

The sole-source request from Police Chief H.C. “Skip” Clark is recommended to replace the city’s current electronic records management system software, which is 15 years old.

The main reason for selecting vendor Spillman Technologies is to integrate the system with the network currently being used by all other law enforcement agencies in the county, Clark explained in a memo to council. Read More»

PTC reviewing 2nd facilities bond for $2.5 million

Decision will be left up to new council members next year

It won’t require a tax increase, but the Peachtree City Council is facing a decision in coming months on a proposed second round of funding for improvements and repairs to facilities and amenities.

If the maximum amount of $2.5 million is funded, the city would pay off the bond in 10 years at a cost of $298,000 a year, according to Finance Director Paul Salvatore. That cost is already built into this year’s budget, he added. Read More»

Pennington and PTC’s performance problems

James Pennington, city manager of Peachtree City. Photo/Special.

City manager hoping for smoother waters as ‘team approach’ takes hold in PTC

To say that the first two-plus years on the job have been smooth sailing for Peachtree City Manager James Pennington would be a bit of a stretch. Read More»

Fayette to go with ‘Plan B’ after stormwater SPLOST goes down the drain

Stock drainage culvert photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Property owners in unincorporated areas to get bills before Christmas

Fourteen percent of Fayette County’s registered voters turned out Tuesday, and a majority gave a thumbs down to a one-cent special sales tax targeted mostly for stormwater projects in the county.

The final unofficial tally was 5,522 (57.18 percent) against to 4,135 (42.82 percent) in favor.

The first-ever countywide two-year Special Local Option Sales Tax would have funded $16.8 million in stormwater projects in the unincorporated county.
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Fayetteville Council to try again to ratify TAD plan

The resolution to adopt the Fayetteville Tax Allocation District (TAD) redevelopment plan designed to stimulate economic development in some of the city’s older and failing commercial areas will be back on the agenda Thursday night.

The resolution was tabled Oct. 3 so meetings could be held with the Fayette County Commission and Fayette County Board of Education to further explain the plan. Both those tax-levying entities are expected to vote on their own version of the resolution later this month. Read More»

Owens wins mayor's race in Senoia

Senoia candidates Suzanne Helfman (L), Larry Owens and Don Rehman at an October forum. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Senoia voters have elected Councilman Larry Owens as the city’s next mayor.

The Nov. 5 mayoral election saw Owens competing with Senoia Downtown Development Authority Chairman Suzanne Helfman and retiree Don Rehman.

Of the 500 ballots cast, the unofficial results showed Owens with 256 votes, Helfman with 209 votes and Rehman with 34. Those numbers gave Owens 51.03 percent of the vote while Helfman received 41.84 percent. Read More»

What’s on the ballot?

Early voting awaits you — Staff at the Fayette County elections office in Fayetteville have been ready for early voters. Voters in Peachtree City and Tyrone can cast ballots for their contested races also at the public libraries in each city. Early voting ends Friday, Nov. 1. Pictured are elections staff Leigh Combs (L) and Sharon Davis. Photo/Ben Nelms.

All voters in Fayette County, regardless of whether they live in a city or the unincorporated county, have something to vote about before election day ends Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Everyone gets a say on the proposed two-year core infrastructure SPLOST, and Peachtree City will elect a mayor and three council members. Those in the unincorporated county also face a separate measure that would allow alcohol sales by the drink, as an alcohol referendum approved last year only addressed package alcohol sales at locations in unincorporated Fayette. Read More»