PTC to add more rules for new cell towers

Balloon test would be required to assess visual impact of new towers

Cellphone and other wireless communications companies may soon have even more hoops to jump through if they want to build a new tower in Peachtree City.

The new process proposed by city staff would add another layer to the mix: a requirement for all new structures such as cell towers to be approved by the City Council. Currently, as long as new cell towers are located in the allowed zoning districts and meet city regulations, they do not require council approval. Read More»

PTC staff: hike now pays off in long run

1.25 mill increase now leaves millage rate lower in 5 years than .5 mill increase this year

If Peachtree City enacts a 1.25 mill increase in its property tax rates this year, the city’s millage rate will end up better off after five years than if the City Council adopts the alternative .5 mill increase, according to city staff. Read More»

Karate studio proposed for PTC's Lexington Circle

Shops also part of plan to be reviewed in workshop Monday night

A vacant site in the Lexington Circle shopping center may soon become a karate studio with other retail shops attached.

Group VI has filed an initial site plan with the Peachtree City Community Development Department. The plan will be discussed by the city’s planning commission in a workshop format at its meeting Monday night, which starts at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

The 2.13 acre site is proposed to have a 13,900 square foot building and once approved will be complete within a year, according to the application filed by Group VI, LLC. Read More»

Falcon Field getting extra room on runway

Will improve safety at landing, takeoff

The Peachtree City Airport Authority is moving ahead with a project that will improve airplane safety on takeoffs and landings.

The authority Thursday night approved a project bid that will add 450 feet to the north end of the runway, which will give planes more room at takeoff and landing, according to Aviation Director John Crosby.

The additional room is not enough to allow larger aircraft to land, Crosby said. But it will provide extra room for certain corporate jets which are not currently allowed to land for insurance reasons. Read More»

Tyrone adopts budget with no millage increase

Residents whose property values decreased will get tax break

There was no fanfare last week as the Tyrone Town Council adopted the $3.15 million FY 2010-2011 General Fund budget that took effect July 1. Council members said they would keep the millage rate steady at 2.89 mills.

The budget actually represents a 3.5 percent increase, or $106,005, that was attributed to increases in employee health insurance, pension benefits and a $61,000 capital expenditure for drainage improvements on Castlewood Road, according to Town Manager Richard Newbern. Read More»

Senoia to consider assisted living center

It is a proposal that the Senoia City Council has asked to be examined further before rendering a decision. An initial proposal at the July 5 meeting by Tranquil Village, LLC would have an assisted living center situated on property recently surplused by the city. City Administrator Richard Ferry will be responsible for gathering information that could lead to a contract on the property. Read More»

Property tax hike looms for PTC

PTC residents attend a budget hearing before the Peachtree City Council. Photo/John Munford.

Remaining issue: How much? From 0.5 to 1.25 mills on table

At 6:30 Thursday night, the Peachtree City Council will take a look at potentially raising the city’s property tax rate by 1.25 mills. Read More»

F’ville Mayor Steele named new head of GMA

Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele takes the oath as the new president of the Georgia Municipal Association. Photo/Special.

Fayetteville Mayor Kenneth Steele said it was a matter of a natural progression. A long-time board member of the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA), Steele was sworn in Monday in Savannah as the organization’s new president. Read More»

PTC's Imker wants details on cart path plans

At Peachtree City’s last budget meeting a few weeks ago, City Councilman Eric Imker inquired about the details of how the city will spend its projected funds next year for golf cart path maintenance Read More»

Decisions to make on PTC budget

Peachtree City’s proposed $26.7 million budget will be hashed out again by the City Council Thursday, July 8 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.

NOTE: The date has been corrected to reflect the actual meeting date; the previous date listed was incorrect)

Among other issues, council chiefly needs to resolve what property tax increase it will enact, if any. On this matter currently there are several trains of

• A .5 mill property tax increase, advocated by Mayor Don Haddix and Councilman Doug Sturbaum. Read More»