Fischer Crossing retail under construction on Hwy. 34

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Your mayor

As a former co-worker of your mayor, I am pleased to let you know that he did not retire from his last job. He was fired, and left a mess where he was at! From not being able to balance a checkbook, turn on a computer, let alone use it, and divulging confidential information about what employees made by opening up confidential reports, I'm glad he found a new job as your mayor. Good luck folks, I'm glad he's not here!

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KAWABOY: WOW!

This stuff is getting deeper and deeper--we will need hip-boots soon to wade it!

Superintendents, Mayors, Moreland, Palin, Atlanta City Hall, Atlanta Jail, Superior (just a name) Court Judges, .............

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kawaboy

That's a lotta hate you've got there kawaboy and just for the record, most of the charges you listed are simply not true. I'll "bust the Mayors chops" when he needs it, and he most certainly does need it from time to time, but there is such a thing as stooping to new lows (and even slandering) when "busting chops".

I think that you will find that even the majority of Mayor Haddix's detractors in these blogs will agree that he is soooooooo much better than what we had before (Logsdon).

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Hey Major Mike

I work at Georgia Underground. We were fixing his mistakes for over a year after we fired him. We replaced him with a inexperienced young lady who has done an outstanding job and continues to do so now. If you question any of this, contact the owner at Georgia Underground. Truth is not slander.

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No human could do anything with "underground Atlanta!"
It is all favortism and crooked. People who won't pay rent but that is all right.
Crappy stores allowed in. All there for Atlanta downtown people only!
Impossible situation.

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kawaboy

Your company's owner is an honorable man and I personally don't think he is going to be very pleased when he reads what you have posted here.

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Major Mike

He is an honorable man, no doubt about it. It a shame he was stabbed in the back by a former employee who also tried to threw everyone else under the bus on his way out.

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Mayor Haddix, Expert on All Things

You're right, our mayor is pretty anti retail. Here's what he had to say about Dillards on 1/28/09:

"Dillards is in bankruptcy. Word out in the business community is they are going to close the Newnan store. So, it would have been a dark box here."

Dillards stock price on 1/28/09 $ 4.62
Dillards stock closed today at $20.91

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Clueless, maybe uneducated is a better word

in many areas comes to mind about the Mayor..

He's on the blogs, that's about the best thing that can be said for him, and ironically, one of the worst things.

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County Line Path

The only way to set it up would be to have a mini toll booth on the return lane back to PTC. Free trip over to Coweta, but have PTC charge a fee just on this side of the county line. We get the money from the tolls, they get the expenses for all the public safety headaches. And, an enterprising entrepeneur will set up a parking corral for the carts in the pkg. lot full of electrical outlets for a charging station. One person on duty to collect the money and watch the carts. Charge a small fee, get your cart charged while you go to the movie or spend a couple hours in Sam's. On your way back, the toll taker will dispense coupons to our merchants and restaurants. Win, win for everyone.

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Fischer Crossing tie in

If there was cart path tie in to this retail center it would only be for PTC residents to have access because there would be no way for Coweta residents to use it to get into PTC.

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Hey-All the More

reason to get the gas cart ban on the books.

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How Long Before

these mammoth projects want to tie into our path system? I'm taking bets.

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A tie in with the movie theater

would be popular, no doubt.

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Spy: Haddix Said No

Haddix is already on record as saying he didn't think PTC citizens would be shopping at the Fishers Crossing complex so I don't see any kinda tie in with PTC possible. However, I think he is dead wrong. I see a steady stream of cars heading out of PTC on Hwy 54 West and all that sales tax revenue streaming into Coweta County. Shame what with PTC facing some severe budget problems and yet such myopic thinking coming from our city leaders.

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No doubt, that Sams will be very popular

with PTC & Fayette County residents....I've read his comments about how we won't shop there.

There is a reason they are calling it the "Peachtree City Sams".

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Haddix: Do Research

For every $100 spent $15 spent in national chains and $45 in local stores is retained in the community.

Counties that keep building and building retain thrive because of one time fees. When the construction dries up the Counties go into deficits because a Big Box generates income for 3-5 years and then the infrastructure and service costs exceed income.

Drive around Coweta, check out the blighted areas due to dark boxes and empty retail centers. Remember, the west side use to the the shopping area for Newnan.

Check out the dark box at Thomas Crossroads. Or all the empty stores along 54 with more ground being broken all the time.

Cities that are recovering from these issues are doing so by banning Big Boxes, redeveloping Big Boxes and Super Shopping Centers and other efforts. Eliminating or reducing the square footage is resulting in increased quality of life, home values and financial conditions for a community.

Smart Growth, not any growth, is the key to success.

We have over 30% vacancy in PTC already. Fayetteville is even worse. Why in the world would we want to increase the amount?

If adding all of those stores is so great why has Coweta had a larger decline in Sales Tax revenue than Fayette?

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Vacancy

I've never seen a vacant Sam's Club. Did PTC try for that one? Do you think that would've been worth trying for or did we even have a chance? That's a lot of sales revenue.

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Haddix: Sams Club

They closed 12 stores this year so far.

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Haddix: Ten But Who's Counting

Four of these are in California where the economy is in total shambles. Two in Phoenix. One in Houston, Nampa, ID, Superior, CO and Schaumburg, IL.

I can assure you the Sam's Club at Fischer Crossing will not be on this list in our lifetime. Wonder how many millions of sales tax revenue will PTC have missed out on?

BTW, do you always exaggerate when trying to make your point?

From the Sam's Club Website: Sam's Club Closings for 2010:

■Nampa
16700 N Marketplace Blvd
Nampa ID 83687
■La Quinta
79795 Hwy 111
La Quinta CA 92253
■Superior (Louisville, CO)
600 Marshall Road
Superior CO 80027
■Vista
1755 Hacienda Drive
Vista CA 92081
■Schaumburg (Rolling Meadows, IL)
1375 North Meacham Rd
Schaumburg IL 60173
■Irvine
115 Technology West Drive
Irvine CA 92618
■Houston (Galleria)
3836 Richmond Ave
Houston TX 77027
■Phoenix
1646 W. Montebello
Phoenix AZ 85015
■Phoenix Business Center
3801 N. 33rd Avenue
Phoenix AZ 85017
■Cal Expo (Sacramento)
1600 Expo Parkway
Sacramento CA 95815

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Grassroots

No Sam's Club...the mayor hates retail...he's on record saying that.
He wants all Big Boxes to close and he was recently heard telling someone if Walmart or Home Depot closed in PTC he would tear down the buildings...

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BigBox - Haddix

Speaking of Big Boxes - do we have an ordinance that requires Big Box Stores to either sell their property or bulldoze it if they abandon a location in PTC? Many cities have passed these ordinances to avoid the blight associated with large empty buildings sitting around for years looking for tenants. Your examples speak to these issues but do we have something in place to protect our city? If not, let's get with it. Can we make it retroactive?

Here's a link for your reference:

http://www.murrysvilleonline.com/bigbox/bigboxblight.pdf

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Mayorial Blogs

Does anyone keep track how often the mayor is on this blog responding...???
Makes you wonder if he ever goes to city hall to work with staff?

Instead of answering the blogs every 1/2 hour to 1 hour...couped up at home..go to the office, work with the staff, show leadership.

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At least he communicates, which is more than I can say for most of our other elected officials.

I don't think Mayor Haddix has another job, he's retired. So, the fact that he spends time to communicate with folk here in the city is a good thing.

For the record, I didn't vote for him.

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PTC Observer

Retired...that's fine but logging on hour and hour on to this blog and not working at city hall with staff...well that ashame! we need a team builder

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No doubt, he claimed being Mayor

was a FULL TIME job. It does seem he enjoys the art of banter for sure. Like I said above, it's good and bad.

His comments on these blogs about Dillard's closing/going bankrupt and saying folks in PTC won't shop at the new Sams don't seem to be very smart.

It is what it is...he loves to be "open" with his Government, as long as you agree with his opinions, all is good. Doesn't seem to be much room for compromise.

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Haddix: Bulldoze

Unfortunately no on bulldozing or retroactive. Past Councils focused on building, not putting proper controls in place.

I have already pushed inclusion requirements for the future.

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Haddix - Inclusion

Thanks for the reply. I would rather the council work on this issue than making sure cell towers are acceptable in our city parks.

I hope the council votes down the Planning Committees recommendation on cell towers. I for one will remember who votes for it and take action at the voting booth.

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How could you make an owner bulldoze his property?

Do folks really think this would work? Rarely does the Store in question own the real estate.

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Spyglass - Big Box property

You can't force them to do it after the fact. The city can make approval contingent only on the front end as part of the approval process.

Many cities are doing this as WalMarts move into their towns. The fact is Walmart builds small stores first, then looks how sales volume is going and if it looks good they close the small store and build a Super Store down the street. This leaves behind a "dark store" building that sits for years and years. I am concerned that we will have this situation with both Home Depot and Walmart as Fischer's Crossing gets scaled.

I was asking Mayor Haddix if our city fathers had the foresight in putting this provision in the approval document, according to Mayor Haddix they did not.

So, if they decide to move, we have the specter of large empty stores here in PTC.

If you want more information on this go to the website I linked to in the earlier e-mail to Haddix.

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30% Vacancy in PTC

Mr. Mayor

Clearly PTC needs a business development manager, not a silly authority with a low paid permanent job for a director with a handful of volunteers.

The city attorney has already tod you that a business development manager is fine!

We need to fill up the vacanies by going out and finding retailers to open in PTC...Probably retailers from the northside of town to open here which FCDA does not do.

I suggest you stop trying to be right all the time and trying to impress the bloggers with your half knowledge of things and work on building consensus with your fellow council members, work as a team player plus spend time at city hall working with the staff instead of at home sending e-mails and blogging.

Your time is running out....I suspect at some point the 3 new council members will grow tired of your games and poor management/leadership style and take control of this city by voting you down all the time.

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Uh, Coweta looks pretty nice to me

I don't think you bagging on Coweta or Brown dragging Gwinnett into the discussion means a whole lot considering both of you have been very anti-business overall as mayors. Coweta has lot of positive momentum going right now and I don't think the Mayor of a city that has a financial crisis has any room to talk about any other city/county right now. PTC's house isn't in order right now-due to past and present councils-and maybe once PTC gets back to being what it was it might be a better time to cast stones at others.

I know you support extending the scope of DPAC as I do, but the harping about "NO RETAIL" and only development YOU like isn't the ticket to getting PTC back.

The fact is that if you talk to some real estate agents around town, there is an exodus from Fayette Co going to Coweta right now, especially those on the wrong side of 54 in Fayette. As the real estate market eventually starts to heal, you'll see even a bigger exodus out of Fayette into Coweta or elsewhere.

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Haddix: There You Go Again

The west side of Newnan was NEVER the shopping area for Newnan! Where in the world did you get that loony idea? There is one shopping center out on Temple Avenue and that's it!

For decades, the only shopping area in Newnan was downtown. Period! However, when the Interstate was built going through Coweta and Newnan, like most towns, the shopping and growth migrated toward the interstate. Downtown Newnan took a huge hit and was pretty much dead for years. But thanks to their Main Street Director, the downtown area is thriving once again. Realizing they could not compete with Walmart, etc. they went after niche shopping, live music and fine dining. Now there is lots of activities on the court square throughout the year too. Even at night and with great success. Just had a very successful wine tasting.

The dark box you refer to at Thomas Crossroads was a Piggly Wiggly grocery store that did jam up business. However, it was a corporate decision to close pretty much all Piggly Wiggly stores in GA and had nothing to do with the store's operation.

From what I see, that is the only empty store in that area. The shopping center across the street is always packed and there is more new businesses going up out in that area. Ooops, I forgot...retail growth are dirty words in the Haddix household. I apologize.

So tell me, Don, we know you don't like big boxes. You dont like retail. You have shown no interest in developing or supporting small businesses. All you keep talking about is DAPC recruiting big businesses even though big business recruitment is dead in the water right now in this economy. (Ever wonder why the Regional Reps at GA Dept of Economic Development have changed their focus from business recruitment to business retention? Cause there is no big business recruitment for all intents and purposes!)

So what is the big picture plan under a Haddix regime to address declining sales tax revenues and businesses continuing to fail? Or is there no plan?

By the way, if you really think a Sam's Club' infrastructure and service costs will exceed income after 3-5 years, you are more naive than I thought. That place will be there generating sales tax revenue long after you and I are both dead and gone. Get real, man!

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Totally agree, borntorun

Before the next round of cutting staff in PTC gets discussed, maybe the conversation needs to include the scary thought that the present Mayor/council might be even more involved and I see nothing but short-sighted ignorance and a total lack of any vision besides "we want the very best and that's all we will accept." Grow up and look around......those days are gone in PTC and it is time to figure out how to manage the city instead of just throwing your hands up and wanting another SPLOST or expecting "ideal" businesses to suddenly arrive.

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Agree NUK-1

At this critical time in this wonderful city's history when we need leadership and out of box thinking, this mayor and city council is hands down the worst I've ever seen in my 37 years of living here. You have a mayor who has no ability to formulate any kind of plan to address our issues. He has continued to exhibit no leadership or ability to build consensus among other council members except for his lap dog, Sturbaum. (Does Sturbaum have permission to speak on his own or only through Haddix's lips?) Vanessa "How Does My Makeup Look" Fleisch has no frigging clue about anything. Eric "The Terrible" Imker is an absolute embarrassment...a loose cannon who may be the worst city council member in the history of this city. And Lord knows we've had some doozies. How he got elected over the thoughtful and well prepared Beth Pullias will go down in this town's history as one of the great mysteries. But he is fun to watch in a perverse kind of way...never know what's going to come out of his mouth. The only one who I think may turn out to be okay is Kim Learnard. She's got some growing and seasoning to do but I sense her heart is in the right place and she's trying to learn and do what's best. Holding out hope anyway. But as a collective group, not much to be optimistic about it, is there? Rome/PTC continues to burn as Nero/Haddix and this crowd fiddle!

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You are Bruce?

Which one?

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Agree, Bruce - especially on Kim

Imker is a clown - albeit a not so funny one when you consider the serious times we are in. Ms. Learnard is certainly smart enough to be a good leader, she just needs to show how much she has learned this year by switching her position on economic development and getting council out of this embarrassing impass.

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Fayette vs Coweta sales tax revenue

"If adding all of those stores is so great why has Coweta had a larger decline in Sales Tax revenue than Fayette?"

Probably because most of Eastern Coweta shops in Peachtree City and all of Clayton County shops in Fayetteville.

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Nice clear cut job...

I can't wait to see both trees they plant in the landscape plan. :)

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the Mcintosh boulders in photo # dsc11560!

(P.S.) Memo to Scott Seymour...just want you to know all that red and brown and grey in that photo is sooooo much more pleasing to the eye than that yucky old green in the background that we've been forced to endure since the beginning of time. Heartfelt thanks from all the neighbors.

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