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City manager aims to ‘streamline’ PTC functions

Jim Pennington, Peachtree City's new city manager. Photo/John Munford.

When Peachtree City Manager Jim Pennington visited the city for his first and second interviews, he was struck by its beauty.

So much so, in fact, that on the way home from his second trip, his wife Dee noticed he was nervous.

Pennington said it was all because he really wanted the job.

“The first time I went back going ‘oh, my gosh, what an opportunity this would be,’” Pennington said in an interview last week. “I’ve been in some very nice cities ... but this is something just special.” Read More»

Senoia annexes 88-acre Village West development

The mixed use Village West proposal on Ga. Highway 16 on Senoia’s west side was annexed at the June 20 City Council meeting. The annexation request by Lindsey Homes pertained to a residential and commercial development on 88 acres on the north and south sides of Hwy. 16.

The mixed-use Village West development submitted by developer David Lindsey showed the 88-acre property resembling an inverted “T,” with the vertical portion situated on the north side of Hwy. 16 and the horizontal portion on the south side. The north side property is surrounded on all sides by the existing city limits. Read More»

PTC eyes $2 million in equipment, projects for ’12

Peachtree City Manager Jim Pennington. Photo/John Munford.

Faced with necessary and critical infrastructure repair and maintenance, along with vehicle replacements, Peachtree City is poised to use financing in the coming year to the tune of $2 million or more.

So far the figure adds up to some $1.76 million, but the figure is expected to climb after having an independent analysis of city infrastructure, officials said at Monday’s budget workshop between city staff and the City Council. Read More»

PTC shifts more money to tree removal

Storms knocked down bigger trees that require contractor aid

Since Peachtree City had spent its entire budgeted amount for contracted tree removal, the City Council agreed to shift more funding to cover the rest of the year.

Last week council voted to shift $28,000 in city reserves, which also covers some $8,000 in street supplies that had already been shifted towards the tree removal instead. Read More»

Senoia beautification award

Senoia beautification award

Harwell Photography owner Jeremy Harwell (at right) on June 20 receives the Senoia Downtown Development Authority’s 2011 Award of Excellence presented by DDA Chair Suzanne Helfman and Mayor Robert Belisle. The annual award is presented for efforts to beautify and improve the city. The award specified Harwell’s garden walkway adjacent to the studio at 28 Main Street. Photo/Ben Nelms.

F’ville looks at easing costs of new development

Fayetteville wants to make it less expensive for new development in the city.

The Fayetteville City Council on June 16 heard the first reading of two ordinance revisions that would reduce or waive sewer proportionate fees or impact fees or establish payment plans for economic development activities that would benefit the city. Read More»

F’ville awarded $400K for Hwy. 54W cart path system, hospital crossing

It will take a while but a $400,000 federal award from the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) will bring sidewalks, multi-use paths and a re-worked pedestrian crossing in the area of Piedmont Fayette Hospital and Togwotee Village on Ga. Highway 54 West and on to the Lester Road residential area to the south. Read More»

F’ville Council readies $9.41 million budget, eyes cut, drop in tax digest

The $9.41 million FY 2012 General Fund budget posted for a first reading June 16 by the Fayetteville City Council represents a smaller budget beginning in August and takes into account a projected 6 percent drop in the local tax digest. Expected to be adopted on July 21, the budget continues the city’s longtime cost-cutting measures.

The good news in the budget is the anticipation that sales tax revenues will increase slightly next year. The bad news is that the continuing local recession is expected to trim another 6 percent off the city’s tax digest numbers. Read More»

PTC budget gives 2% bonus to city staff

Mayor Haddix: Cut services, don’t hike taxes, make recreation fee-based

Peachtree City’s 238 employees are in line for a 2 percent “incentive” bonus in the next fiscal year, a pay bump the City Council calls “essentially a cost of living increase.”

The proposed $28 million budget for Peachtree City also includes a property tax rate increase — though not an increase in money received — Read More»

UPDATED: Sudden dismissal of long-time PTC Rec head angers many

2009 file photo of Peachtree City Leisure Services Director Randy Gaddo.

UPDATED for Wednesday print edition — Having retired in 2002, former Peachtree City Manager Jim Basinger has kept away from City Council meetings.

That changed Thursday night as he spoke up for former employee Randy Gaddo, whose position as director of leisure services was later eliminated in a “reorganization” of city depar
tments that was approved unanimously by council.

Basinger said with five grandchildren now, he appreciates all the recreation the city has to offer even more. Read More»

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