GRTA decision against PTC: If only council had said, ‘No,’ earlier

Tue, 07/10/2007 - 3:45pm
By: Letters to the ...

The “GRTA decision” related to the TDK lawsuit in the Fulton County courts was the icing on the cake for a deceitful development scheme disguised as a project benefiting the public. Although I have not read the court decision, I truly hope the City Council appeals the ruling for the sake of all Georgia cities and counties.

The Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) tried, in the past, to force Peachtree City to modify Rockaway Road in connection to another large East Coweta development, Twin Lakes.

Back then, we did not have to go to court, and I simply addressed the GRTA board in very quick order and our attorney went into immediate pursuit and GRTA backed down.

The TDK Extension fiasco is a case study on how indecisiveness and special interests can devastate good communities.

The special interest component is easy to understand. You simply have developers who want to exploit the local infrastructure to gain an exponential increase in their profits.

The developers work through the Chamber of Commerce, a Chamber political action committee and the former mayors to implement a public relations spin campaign to highlight false benefits of the road extension. Next, they seeded the campaign accounts of some local politicians in Peachtree City and Coweta County.

Had the mayor and council members acted decisively in 2006 when the mega-development was first announced, our plight would be much improved. Because he was beholden to Direct PAC and the developers, Mayor Logsdon did everything in his power to move the TDK project along. That maneuvering put our future quality of life in jeopardy.

The lack of unswerving outrage from the mayor and council members and their unwillingness to immediately kill the TDK project encouraged the Coweta County commissioners to proceed with their reckless land plans.

The mayor continued supporting the project even though he said of TDK, “I would think it would have some [traffic] impact,” (The Citizen, 8-25-2006); even though traffic projections showed 28 to 60 percent increases (The Citizen, 12-13-2006); and even though the city’s traffic plan was declared “obsolete” because of the increased projections in traffic (The Citizen, 2-21-2007).

The truth is the Coweta commissioners were given the impression they had the green light, and who could blame them?

Would an immediate and firm response have made a difference? Consider that the moment the City Council finally started hinting they may not go through with the TDK project, the Coweta County planning director began placing restrictions on the approval of the McIntosh Village mega-project.

The mayor and City Council waited to act on TDK until Coweta County had approved their unrestrained land and transportation plans for the eastern portion of their county along our border. Those plans can be summed up in one word: gridlock.

Now the Coweta commissioners are demanding the TDK Extension because it is a vital “capacity building” project that takes the traffic pressure off of their shoulders and places it on ours.

The McIntosh Village developer’s attorney said it well, “‘It became a political issue in Peachtree City,’ [Buddy] Welch said, noting his belief that the city did not want the bridge to be four-laned due to the increased traffic that would result,” (The Citizen, 7-12-2007).

To give credit where it is due, Councilwoman Plunkett and Councilman Kourajian did try, albeit late, to stop TDK on Dec. 14, 2006, but lost in a 3-2 vote. Had one other member of the City Council sided with Plunkett and Kourajian on that evening, the comprehensive planning process in Coweta County might have been altered significantly.

Do not expect Coweta County to now alter their careless land plans along our border as we officially encouraged them to proceed. They spent millions of dollars on those plans to create future gridlock and our local government kept silent and looked the other way.

Steve Brown

Peachtree City, Ga.

[Brown served as mayor of Peachtree City 2001-2005.]

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Submitted by pentapenguin on Fri, 07/13/2007 - 12:34am.

I didn't always agree with Mayor Brown, but at least he had the guts to keep in touch by writing letters to the editor frequently so we could understand why he did the things that he did. I appreciate him letting the folks know.

Mayor Harold? I wish he would spend more time on The Citizen and less time at the local watering holes. Eye-wink

Tell Senior El Presidente no to amnesty!

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Submitted by Spear Road Guy on Thu, 07/12/2007 - 10:51pm.

First of all, go see Les Miserables at the Fred. It was quite nice.

If you read Dan Tennant’s post below, make sure you have an air sickness bag in hand.

I got a real ribbing by some bloggers for supporting Harold Logsdon in the last election. However, I had the guts to admit I made a mistake when Harold started flaking out. Johenry, the sadistic Logsdon hater, says once you’re a Logsdon supporter you’re always a Logsdon supporter. You can’t win with some people like Johenry or Dan Tennant.

Tennant was both a personal and political disgrace. He, Bob Lenox and Herb Frady were probably the sleaziest politicians in Peachtree City’s history.

As for Steve Brown’s comments, if you don't like them, write your own stinking letter! Does he make sense? Based on what I've read in the newspaper over the last year, I'd say he's right. I made some of the same points about the Coweta guys a month ago. They were ready to kick our butts with that road.

Hey Dan, please stop kissing the hind ends and move to Riverdale where you belong.

Vote Republican

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Submitted by DanTennant on Thu, 07/12/2007 - 2:10pm.

Well, I tried, but I just can't take it any more.

I have written a lot of letters to the editor over the years, primarily about politics in Peachtree City. And while I was soundly defeated in my city council re-election campaign four years ago as well as my mayoral run a couple of years ago, I never stopped caring about this community. I also have zero interest in running for any elected office again.

As per usual, I read the letters to the editor in the July 11 edition of The Citizen, and imagine this, I found a letter from Steve Brown! Of course, old Steve has written a lot lately after a gloriously long period of not even a whimper, but he just can't help himself. Not to be outdone, I can't help myself either, of course. So here goes.

I supported Steve Brown in his mayoral run in 2002. I thought he was a breath of fresh air, and would do a good job as mayor. Of course, we all found out that he turned out to be a delusional self absorbed micro manager whose acrimony and devisiveness created community wounds that have taken years to heal. I was fooled as were many others, but Brown's resounding 71-29% defeat restored my faith in the local electorate. How the folks missed my re-election message and didn't return me to office nor even elect me mayor, is beyond me, however.

Relax, I am joking. I deserved to lose, and I greatly respect the citizen's collective judgment.

Anyhow, I didn't know Harold Logsden very well (and I still don't) but I can tell you one thing: Harold is a decent, hard working public servant who does not try to govern like a king, nor does he embarass us on a daily basis like you know who did. Harold and the rest of the city council members work hard for the benefit of all of us, and I applaud each of them for their unselfish and unwavering efforts to keep Peachtree City the special place that it is. That is not to say that I agree with each elected representative with every vote, of course, but it is to say that I appreciate their hard work and their commitment to do what each of them believes to be the right thing to do.

Anyhow, back to Brown. In his latest diatribe about TDK, Brownie would have you believe that if he were still in office, his sheer menacing confrontation with GRTA would have been sufficient to scare them away. Ironically, it is my strong belief that our city's relationship with GRTA and every other state and local agency and branch of government I know of was immensely damaged under Brown's stewardship. This ranges from the state DOT to the Fayette County Commission to state representatives and well beyond. And it says nothing of the horrific relationship Brown managed to "foster" with the Chamber of Commerce.

For example, do you think it is pure coincidence that Hwy. 54 got widened so promptly after Brown was ushered to the sidelines? How about the widening of 74 south?

The bottom line is that whenever you read anything from or about Steve Brown, you can take it to the bank that he is only trying to A) belittle current elected officials to make himself look better; B) second guess honest and earnest decision making by others to make himself look better; or C) attempt to create consternation and disharmony in any matter to...uh...well, take a guess.

Steve, I'll make you a deal. Just hang out and take care of your beautiful daughters and let your legacy die a natural death and I'll go hit golf balls. OK?

Dan Tennant

Submitted by skyspy on Thu, 07/12/2007 - 3:46pm.

A couple of other questions:

How much is harold giving you for that little promo? Are you being paid in alcohol, or money? Did he promise you a big job title if he gets re-elected?

Where on the paths did you score the good drugs? Was it in the tunnels by the lake, or on the part of the paths that have no homes on either side? After reading your letter, I know you are getting the good stuff, but where?

The widening of hwys. 54 and 74 had dates set for them before Steve left office. Nice try. Since most of the people in PTC don't like to get involved half of them will believe your lies.

Maybe if all goes well you can get into one of those new cluster homes in coweta.

Submitted by McDonoughDawg on Thu, 07/12/2007 - 3:40pm.

Among the other obvious things. At least I know we have one good loser from the Mayor's race.

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Submitted by ptctaxpayer on Thu, 07/12/2007 - 3:30pm.

Sorry, Dan..I gotta disagree... I think you did some good things for PTC. You challenged Jim Pace for all the right reasons and now we see him cashing in. But you are dead wrong on Loggie.

Harold Logsdon is to "hard working public service" what Monica Lewinsky was to Teen Sexauality.

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Submitted by Paul Perkins on Thu, 07/12/2007 - 2:30pm.

Anyhow, I didn't know Harold Logsden very well (and I still don't) but I can tell you one thing: Harold is a decent, hard working public servant who does not try to govern like a king, nor does he embarass us on a daily basis like you know who did. Harold and the rest of the city council members work hard for the benefit of all of us,[blah blah]

Hard working for whom? The Y-Knott?

I'll be happy in you'll work a little less hard. The less the city council does - the less damage they'll do.

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Submitted by Git Real on Thu, 07/12/2007 - 2:17pm.

Anyhow, I didn't know Harold Logsden very well (and I still don't) but I can tell you one thing: Harold is a decent, hard working public servant

You just lost any credibility you thought you ever had. Eye-wink

Bye bye now.


Steve Brown


"That man was Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard".


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