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»

PTC to vote on final bubble cost, Gathering Place renovation

Items added to published City Council agenda Wednesday at 4 p.m.

The Peachtree City Council will consider approval of a final change order for the now-completed bubble enclosure over the Kedron pools at its meeting tomorrow night.

The city will pay between $93,468 and $146,170 to close out the project, according to a city memo published this afternoon just before 4 p.m.

The change order will bring the grand total for the new bubble and air exchange system to $716,754, which is coming from the $3 million facility improvement bond approved by council late last year. Read More»

PTC to OK pact with Fayette County Development Authority

The Peachtree City Council is expected to approve a contract for economic development services with the Fayette County Development Authority at the regular council meeting Thursday night.

The city would give FCDA $75,000 for one year to compensate for the hiring of an employee whose primary responsibility would be “to work with existing businesses and industries in the city so they are best able to grow and expand within the boundaries of the city,” according to the contract.

This option would be in lieu of the city hiring a new economic development coordinator on its own. Read More»

F’ville adopts false alarm ordinance

An ordinance aimed at reducing the number of false alarm calls was adopted unanimously by the Fayetteville City Council on Jan. 2. The ordinance will become effective on April 1 and will include a 30-day grace period during which warnings but no citations will be issued. Read More»

Haddix decries August censure in Rotary address

The mayor’s annual State of the City address is a political tradition in Peachtree City, routinely chocked with the city’s various accomplishments over the previous years and a look at the upcoming year. Read More»

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