Gun shops OK in Tyrone commercial district

It was a bit more than a housekeeping issue Thursday night when the Tyrone Town Council changed commercial zoning categories to comply with the recently adopted revamping of the zoning ordinance. Also on the agenda, and approved by a 3-2 vote, was the move to include gun shops as a conditional use in the new C-2 zoning district. Read More»

New 4-way stop source of contention for PTC

Apparently, a new four-way stop erected this past week on Windgate Road at Raintree Bend has rankled a few citizens, including Peachtree City Councilman Eric Imker.

Imker brought up the matter at Thursday night’s City Council meeting, saying that he thinks council should have had a chance to discuss the matter before the stop signs were installed. The intersection was previously a two-way stop for traffic on Raintree Bend. Read More»

Illegal dumping causes Tyrone sewer overflow

Illegal grease dumping causes sewer manhole to overflow onto church property. Photo/Special.

Tyrone has only limited sewer in areas such as the Southampton subdivision and the adjacent Publix Shopping Center. But someone removed a manhole cover and dumped grease into the system, causing a release of sewer water across Ga. Highway 74 on the property of Living Proof Church and into the congregation’s fish pond. Read More»

Tyrone Council retreat: Town still in good financial shape

The Tyrone Town Council met at town hall Feb. 25 for the annual retreat. Though an exhaustive number of items were covered it was the update that the town is solidly in the black financially that was arguably the most important part of the meeting. The council agreed to establish a policy to govern the town’s reserve funds Photo/Ben Nelms.

Perhaps more than any governmental entity in Fayette County, Tyrone has the least to worry about when it comes to having a sufficient amount of money in the bank to weather the continuing recession. With 13 months of operating capital on hand, the Tyrone Town Council at its Feb. 25 retreat gave the go-ahead to develop a policy governing general fund reserves. Read More»

Imker: sales tax revenue on upswing

At the most recent Peachtree City Council meeting, Councilman Eric Imker shared what he views as positive news about the economy.

Sales tax revenue is on the rise again, Imker said, noting that the city is now projected to see an increase of $300,000 in the category by the end of the fiscal year in September.

“I think we’ve turned the corner on the sales tax with this economy, so that’s some really good news,” Imker said, pointing to the data on the monthly reports generated by city staff. “I appreciate seeing that information.” Read More»

Citizen challenges mayor's treatment of Imker

Peachtree City resident Steve Thaxton had hoped to provoke a response from Mayor Don Haddix at Thursday night’s council meeting.

Thaxton approached the microphone during the public comment portion of the meeting, challenging Haddix to halt his attacks on Councilman Eric Imker.

Thaxton said that Haddix had recently used his state of the city address and letters to the editor to criticize Imker.

“I’m not going to comment on public comment,” Haddix said.

“So there’s no response?” Thaxton replied.

“I’m not allowed to comment on public comment,” Haddix answered. Read More»

PTC creates sales tax negotiating team

Councilman George Dienhart, left, listens to Mayor Don Haddix argue that council has no power to appoint a sales tax negotiating committee. Photo/John Munford.

Haddix votes no, argues he has sole power to appoint committees

Peachtree City is facing a potential loss of sales tax revenues in future years thanks to population growth shifts recorded by the 2010 Census.

That could translate into a significant loss for the city, to the point that Councilwoman Kim Learnard characterized the issue Thursday night as the most important facing the city for the next decade. Read More»

Bubble soars: PTC’s Kedron pool cover cost now over $650K

Despite the rain outside, the weather in the Kedron pools bubble was just fine for swimming, as a youth team practiced Thursday afternoon. Photo/John Munford.

The cost of replacing the bubble over the Kedron pools officially soared over the $650,000 mark Thursday night, as the City Council approved spending an additional $93,468 in change orders for the project.

That’s nearly $200,000 more than the original expenditure approved by the City Council in June. And the cost could creep a bit higher, as the city is negotiating with the contractor over another $52,702 in change order charges that the city is currently disputing, officials said. Read More»

$60K upgrade coming for PTC’s Gathering Place

Peachtree City will spend up to $60,000 to remodel the Gathering Place senior citizens center, with the funds coming from a $3 million bond to improve city facilities that was approved late last year. Read More»

PTC to weigh study for Robinson-Redwine intersection

Peachtree City officials are heading back to the drawing board to perhaps scale back an engineering study for improvements to the intersection of Robinson and Redwine roads.

The intersection has a failing level of service for the peak morning hour, primarily due to school traffic, said City Engineer David Borkowski. Read More»

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