Government

PTC Rec makes best of budget cuts

In-house work, volunteers filling the gaps

With about $1 million in recreation cuts since 2009, Peachtree City has had to do more with less.

The recreation department’s maintenance crews is down from 16 to eight people. And key maintenance projects have been deferred and will have to be addressed in the coming year, Leisure Services Director Randy Gaddo told the City Council last week at its annual retreat.

The good news is that the department is using its in-house capabilities to do more than before, such as the interior re-painting of the entire Gathering Place, Gaddo said. Just that one effort saved $4,000. Read More»

Here's your new sign

Peachtree City Public Services Director Mark Caspar shows off a new sign prototype that is being required by mandates from the federal government. The city will spend thousands in coming years replacing all street signs with models that have a higher reflectivity, and the new standard is for the whole sign to be reflective, not just the lettering, Caspar said. Photo/John Munford.

Peachtree City Public Services Director Mark Caspar shows off a new sign prototype that is being required by mandates from the federal government. The city will spend thousands in coming years replacing all street signs with models that have a higher reflectivity, and the new standard is for the whole sign to be reflective, not just the lettering, Caspar said. Photo/John Munford.

EMS usage on the rise in Peachtree City

Economy, aging population cited for 15% jump in 2010; trend continuing this year

As Peachtree City’s population continues to age, the demands on emergency services will continue to increase, Fire Chief Ed Eiswerth told the City Council last week.

Some 34 percent of the city’s EMS calls last year were for persons age 65 and older, Eiswerth said. That’s a big number considering that such people account for just 10.2 percent of the city’s population, he added.

From 2009 to 2010, EMS calls increased overall by 15 percent, Eiswerth said.

And this year is looking to be a 12 percent jump already, he added. Read More»

Haddix, Imker disagree on prospect handling

City has new economic development coordinator for new business leads

Even as new Peachtree City Economic Development Director Joey Grisham reported headway in luring new business and industry here, there remains a difference of opinion on the City Council as to how potential business leads should be handled.

At council’s retreat Friday, Grisham reported that professional marketing materials are in the process of being prepared, and that the city is having a solid presence at trade shows, where relationships are crucial to help land prospects. Read More»

PTC using video cameras, puts ‘eyes’ on rec sites, paths

Most likely you haven’t seen them, but they see you.

Peachtree City is using remote video cameras to keep an eye on remote areas of the cart path, and also to keep vandals at bay, particularly at recreation sites, officials said last week. Read More»

Fischer Crossings back on Coweta Commission agenda

Fischer Crossings is back on the agenda at the Coweta County Commission. A public hearing scheduled for April 5 may or may not lead to a resolution of the issue related to the placement of a Kohl’s department store, other retailers and ball fields on the portion of the Fischer Crossings commercial development located on the northeast corner of Fischer Road and Ga. Highway 34 in east Coweta County. Read More»

New Senoia library bid approved

It is practically all over but the construction. The Coweta County Library Board on March 25 approved the bid by Headley Construction to build the new 6,563 square-foot Senoia library on city-owned property on Pylant Street. Groundbreaking is tentatively scheduled for April 23.

Senoia Councilman and city representative for the library project Jeff Fisher said the Coweta County Library Board voted unanimously on March 25 to accept Headley Construction as the contractor and to accept Senoia's $59,100 change order on the project. Read More»

House trumps Senate immigration bill

Battle between chambers will determine fate of sweeping changes

Partly in an effort to get the ball rolling on immigration reform, a committee in the Georgia House of Representatives Monday voted to replace the Senate’s immigration reform bill with the version passed by the House.

The House bill’s sponsor, Matt Ramsey of Peachtree City, said the legislation will now go to the House Rules committee and hopefully soon before the full House of Representatives for a vote.

If approved by the House, the Senate could then approve the changes or insist on its original bill, which would trigger a conference committee, Ramsey said. Read More»

PTC to implement new building fees

Starting April 4, a new — and sometimes more expensive — structure for building fees will take effect in Peachtree City.

Gone will be a rate that calculates new building construction fees based on their square footage. Instead, the new fees take into account the total valuation of the project, based on either the contract for the work or a valuation table adopted twice a year by the International Code Council.

This will eliminate the difference between how a commercial project is valued and how residential construction is valued, city officials said. Read More»

Fayette Commission backs off elections board power struggle

Thursday night, the Fayette County Commission officially backed off of its previous move to have the final say on all appointees to the county’s three-member elections board. Read More»

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