Harman picked for PTC council seat

Mon, 08/13/2007 - 9:39pm
By: John Munford

Mike Harman was chosen tonight to fill the remaining term left on the Post 1 seat on the Peachtree City Council.

Harman was unanimously selected by council after he was announced to have the most points of the four finalists selected by council at a meeting that ended right at 10:30 p.m. Each council member scored each candidate on a points system and the candidate with the most points was deemed the winner.

Harman is currently serving as chairman of the Peachtree City Water and Sewer Authority and will have to resign from that volunteer position before he can be sworn in. Council plans to swear him in at Thursday night's regular city council meeting.

Harman is a resident in the Planterra Ridge subdivision and works as sales manager for Biorem Environmental Inc. He has lived in Peachtree City for more than eight years.

The other three finalists were Chris Larson, Tom O'Toole and Dar Thompson.

There were originally 10 candidates applying for the seat, but one, Lynda Wojcik, bowed out after learning she is expected to be appointed as an alternate to the city's planning commission.

The seat, formerly held by Judi-ann Rutherford, expires Dec. 31 as voters will select someone to the position in November, along with a pending vacancy in the other seat up for election that's currently held by Kourajian, who has announced that he won't seek re-election.

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Tue, 08/14/2007 - 5:29am.

Good move by City Council. With Mike we get some representation of the Planterra people - again. Dar can go back to the gym and maybe he's gotten the message this time that we are really saying no thanks.

Best of all is Lynda. Wow! Planning Commission. We are about to see an activist learn what is really involved in running a city.

Submitted by dollaradayandfound on Tue, 08/14/2007 - 10:47am.

I don't know Mr. Harman.
However, it has always seemed to me that one gets a lot of extra "points" if you are already a part pf the crowd.
Shouldn't we look for people with experience in city management maybe? Salesmen?

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Submitted by ptctaxpayer on Tue, 08/14/2007 - 9:28am.

More WASA nightmares. Anything dealing with WASA makes me very nervous. Maybe Annie McMenamin was right.

Can’t agree, Bobby, on your assesment of Dar. He has effectively run a local business. His health clubs are well run. So are you telling me he could not do a much better job that Tax-and-Spend-Loggie? At least if Dar were Mayor he would be listening to the needs of law enforcement at budget time.

Back to the choice for council. I do not know Mr. Harman but in an appointment scenario (which is what Rutherford served up to her buddies on council) they will handpick a conformist. If they wanted an independent thinker they would have picked Donnie Haddix.

No, an appointment is usually gonna be one of the guys or girls. The problem here is the sewer connection. Logsdon has recently been wringing his hands saying that there is nothing he can do about WASA giving sewer capacity to every Tom, Dick and Harry town around us. In other words, Logsdon says "Fine, let our sewer produce apartments all around us." If he could build a road outside PTC for his contributors, why not give them sewer,too? I fear that Harman’s appointment will be the green light for PTC sewer (and high density) from here to Hahira.

Oh, yeah…Contrast this with previous councils. Ole Barry “Look Out Wetlands” Amos took a run at getting PTC sewer in Tyrone a while back. Go back and look in the Citizen archives (which is interesting). Councilmember Annie McMenamin’s exact quote was “Not on my watch.” That makes Logsdon’s lackadaisical attitude even more troublesome.

Submitted by dollaradayandfound on Tue, 08/14/2007 - 12:57pm.

I dont know "Dar" but I do know that gyms, in general, have been a racket for a long time! No one seems to own them very long as they either go broke or run out of income. Banks have had to repossess two in PTC since I have been here.
Maybe, PTC is a better place for gyms than most.

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