Government

PTC Mayor Haddix slams Councilman Imker on ‘smoke and mirrors’ budget

PTC mayor says councilman flip-flopped on tax increases

A disagreement over City Council budgeting tactics now has Mayor Don Haddix on the offensive against fellow Councilman Eric Imker. In a letter to the editor in the July 20 edition, Haddix chides Imker for promising to avoid property tax increases when he ran for election in 2009, only to vote for a property tax increase in 2010. Read More»

Bond to repair, replace PTC infrastructure

Needs vary from playgrounds, tennis courts, library and more

At the Blue Smoke recreation area, one of two tennis courts sits unplayable due to problems with the surface that have left standing water in a significantly-sized puddle the day after a rainstorm.

The back entrance to the city’s library has remained cordoned off as engineers work on a repair to prevent the exterior brick surface from falling off; apparently it wasn’t fastened to the wall during construction.

The “cast house” at the city’s amphitheater is in need of major work; other tennis courts are showing their age as is much of the city’s infrastructure. Read More»

Imker eyes PTC loan payoffs, calls 54W bridge land deal a stinker

Peachtree City Councilman Eric Imker is hopeful that the city can devote some budgetary savings toward paying off a loan or two which have less than favorable terms for the city. Read More»

Imker: PTC to woo new businesses

At an informal meeting on the Peachtree City budget between citizens and City Councilman Eric Imker last weekend, the talk turned away from budget cuts toward another side of the city fiscal picture: how to increase revenues.

One resident contended that if the city is to be run like a business, it must emulate the most successful companies that focus on revenue constantly, at every turn. Read More»

Coweta looks to increase roadside produce sales

The availability for Coweta County residents to purchase fresh produce from roadside stands will be the topic of an upcoming public hearing before the Coweta County Commission. A proposed ordinance amendment outlines the criteria for both temporary and permanent produce stands along county roadways. Read More»

Fayette County to pursue land acquisition policy

At the suggestion of Fayette County Commissioner Allen McCarty, county officials are going to pursue a written policy for how it handles land acquisition for all projects.
The commission agreed last week to pursue the policy, which McCarty said should be at least as stringent as those used by the Georgia Department of Transportation. Read More»

County to fix 'lodge' zoning rules

Commission gets update on library director position

With a light agenda this evening, the Fayette County Board of Commissioners agreed to have staff fix some inconsistencies in the zoning district for lodges and retreats.

County Director of Community Development Pete Frisina explained that the inconsistencies were inadvertently adopted when the county approved a wholesale set of tweaks to zoning laws back in December. The new changes will be run by the county planning commission and brought back for formal adoption by the commission at a later date, Frisina said. Read More»

What’s on regional SPLOST road list, and what’s not

A preliminary first round of cuts has trimmed some $116.8 million in Fayette County road improvement projects from the equation, at least for now, when it comes to potential funding with a regional sales tax that will be considered by voters in June 2012.

Making the cut were some $130.8 million in projects inside Fayette County, not including another $22.5 million for arguably the most significant congestion-relief project which would be just across the county line in Fairburn: improvements to the interchange of Ga. Highway 74 and Interstate 85. Read More»

PTC Judge Stephen Ott throws hat in ring for state court judge

Stephen Ott, city court judge for Peachtree City. File photo.

Local attorney Stephen Ott has announced he will seek election as Fayette County State Court Judge in the July 2012 non-partisan election.

New State Court Judge Carla Wong McMillian will be facing her first election then, as she was appointed to the bench in August 2010 by Gov. Sonny Perdue after her predecessor, Fletcher Sams, was appointed to an open slot as superior court judge for the Griffin Judicial Circuit, which includes Fayette. Read More»

Imker gets input on PTC’s proposed new budget

Peachtree City Councilman Eric Imker (L) points out some budget figures at City Hall Saturday. Photo/John Munford.

About a dozen Peachtree City residents attended an informal budget meeting with councilman Eric Imker Saturday morning.

In addition to his presentation on the proposed 2011-2012 city budget, Imker also got feedback from those in attendance at the three-hour meeting. What emerged was several members of the populace who took a keen interest in the budget.

Resident Michael Posey questioned why the city wanted to spend $450,000 on the new “bubble” off-season cover for the Kedron pools, theorizing that few residents use the pool in the off-season. Read More»