Give me your PTC gripes!!!

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Judging by the attendance at City Council meetings not involving the TDK extension (or the two vanished Big Boxes), chances are most of you aren't going to make PTC City Hall Tuesday night at 7 p.m. for the town hall meeting hosted by Mayor Harold Logsdon.

As co-moderator I'll have a chance to ask some questions of the regional and local officials about where Peachtree City is going in the next 50 years. The topics specifically are traffic, growth and redevelopment.

As co-moderator, I get to ask some questions of these folks, and I've got plenty of ideas.

But I want to know what problems YOU see, specifically with regional highway traffic, redevelopment and what you'd like to see done about it.

For example, even with the newly-widened Hwy. 54 West, is the area getting clogged during commute times? I know I-85 is problematic: tell me your commuting horror stories.

Also, do you think the city should expand its limits to make way for more growth via annexation? If not, do you think that developers would be forced look at older properties, scoop them up and either remodel or rebuild?

Speak up bloggers and give me some good ideas! Many thanks in advance!!!

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Submitted by Spinning on Tue, 06/19/2007 - 10:17am.

I am glad you are online. I would like to express my ideas for the meeting. These next things are the most important to me for a quality way of life. I do not want to expand our borders by annexation. I think it is a great idea to improve what we already have. I would also like a public montessori school. I would like for us to try to obtain more green space and keep more areas we already have green. I also like the idea of checking on immigration in the area. Thank you for asking.

Submitted by PTCMomma on Mon, 06/18/2007 - 10:55pm.

I would like to see magnet schools within the FCBOE jurisdiction. We now have the population to justify such a system.

Mom to 3 (and all of their friends, who love to hang out at my house-- LOVE THAT, almost always know where they are!!!)

Submitted by dollaradayandfound on Tue, 06/19/2007 - 4:54am.

Are thes here maggot schools in grades? Are they white maggots or brownuns?
Are their graduoots smaerter then other schol graduoots?

Submitted by Spinning on Tue, 06/19/2007 - 10:08am.

You were obviously educated by the public school system. I would like to see more school options. I do not know if it would be considered a magnet or charter school, but I would like to see a tax funded montessori school. I tried Kedron after being in a private school for four years. There was no comparison in the quality of education. We are going back to the best montessori school. I hate that we have to pay for his education twice, through our taxes and out of our bank account.

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Mon, 06/18/2007 - 6:59pm.

That one gripe would be that more people do not get involved in meetings like this - all they do is complain about the decisions made by those that attend these meetings and listen to the citizens who care enough to get up and leave their plasma TV alone for 2 hours to attend a meeting that impacts their future.

Now that is off my chest, here are some questions you should ask:
1. 50 year planning is pretty tricky. What can the current administration do about that when they have no idea what will happen in 50 years? Remember 50 years ago when the "planners" thought 80,000 people, high rise buildings and elevated railways were the answer to PTC in 2009?
2. 10 year planning is probably more realistic. Ask what they see happening - both positive and negative that they can do something about in the next 10 years.
3. Illegal's. Yes they are. Don't use code names. Do they have the courage to do what the mayor (and I assume the council) of Hazelton, PA did? That is to fine locals who harbor and encouage illegals. Do our "leaders" have the gumption to adress that issue?

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Submitted by Indocumentado on Mon, 06/18/2007 - 6:01pm.

Any ideas to consider around alternative commuting options (i.e. Xpress bus for PTC commuters to Atlanta)?
I have a friend that tells me this is a great solution for Coweta/Newnan folks. Could PTC explore options to dodge the nightmare that it is trying to get to Atlanta?

Submitted by Arf on Mon, 06/18/2007 - 2:22pm.

The main question that I would like to see addressed is “what happened to the original plans for Peachtree City to be a suburban residential community with limited shopping venues.” The separate industrial park area was designed to create jobs and pay taxes for upkeep of the town’s infrastructure. Those who bought into Peachtree City early on came here for the simple, isolated, family-oriented town that offered safety, security and a quality of life rarely found. These days, Peachtree City has become a major hub for out of the area residents to work, shop, eat and entertain themselves. The actual residents continue to lose out because we are being overrun by out-of-towners rushing in to spend the day or rushing through to get somewhere else.

Main concerns:

1. Foreclosure and empty retail spaces.

There should be a moratorium on any new development or annexation as long as there are so many foreclosed homes available and so many empty store fronts. We need to fill up what we have currently have instead of adding to the glut of new homes and new shops.

2. Traffic.

Increased building causes increased traffic problems. As it is now, the traffic is increased and impeded by new development workers, new retail outlet workers and shoppers and those just passing through from one area to the next. Traffic problems in the past 3 years have soared. An auto accident used to be front page news, but now you can see bad accidents several times every week.

3. Crime

Crime continues to increase in all of Fayette County. In Peachtree City where the main crime used to be spray-paint vandalism, there are continual robberies, drug busts and aggressive crimes. The Peachtree City police have long been geared toward traffic and curfew violations and scrutinizing anyone under the age of 21. While these things may still need attention, the police force needs to be refocus on real crime to the point that those planning to commit crimes figure out that Peachtree City is not the place to go. The judicial systems also need to be strengthened so that those who are violated the safety of others in any manner are dealt with harshly and not just let go to do it over again.

4. Schools

Fayette County has long held a reputation for good schools, but there is much now working against quality education. At the very least, schools should be placed and designed so that those who attend them live in the local neighborhood. Schools used to be a focal point of small community pockets, but with redistricting, students are shipped all over the county and the local school is less a mainstay of the area that it serves.

Obviously, all of the concerns listed above are problems that have been created by the out-of-control and rapid growth of the area. Way too much in way too many directions. It is time to stop, back up and revisit the small town quality of life that made Peachtree City a place “you love to call home” in the first place

Submitted by dollaradayandfound on Mon, 06/18/2007 - 4:35pm.

Plans are made to be changed. You have heard of "plan B," haven't you?
It is the way of things to build more than is needed and then let those who do the best job of succeding remain!
I know! That is not what "they" said 25 years ago, but that doesn't count in the business world.

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