Police HQ: Losing almost $3 million not an opportunity

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I know Scott Bradshaw did not write the headline for his piece in the newspaper (PTC Police HQ: Problem or opportunity?). But there is no opportunity for the taxpayers in being soaked for millions in land, construction and lease costs for a problem that should have never existed.

I agree the best solution is to get well away from the current site.

This is just another example of government corruption with no accountability to the taxpayers.

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Submitted by sageadvice on Thu, 03/06/2008 - 7:04am.

Don't put the police or anyone else there! The place is contaminated by years of manufacturing by the use of heavy metals and Chlorine.

The city allowed this to operate for years, (and the EPA) primarily for the jobs they provided and the city income they received.

I suppose it should be fenced off and locked in for 100 years.

If such can be done for money, it will be done by industry and development.

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Submitted by NUK_1 on Wed, 03/05/2008 - 8:45pm.

Hey Steve, what do you think of the idea being floated by some on city council to convert the main vacant Photocircuits' building into the police dept? To me, that's an even worse idea.

What's next, put a houseboat in Lake Peachtree and make that the PD? Hey, we're patrolling the waters to ensure YOUR safety from dangerous catfish and ducks!

Surely there are more intelligent ideas out there other than a)patching up a doomed existing bldg by throwing loads of money at it and praying it works or b)using a bldg that was a chemical plant.


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Submitted by Steve Brown on Thu, 03/06/2008 - 2:22pm.

I do not have any problems with the Photocircuits building on Dividend Drive as far as location goes. However, you are right about the building/site being a possible "brownfield" site. That building is a perfect example of why we do not need hazardous industry in Peachtree City/Fayette County.

You can redevelop brownfields, but it is expensive. New Jersey has a program (Brownfield Reimbursement Program, created in 1998) for redeveloping such sites which appears to be working. NJ repays the developer 75 percent of the costs to clean up the site (which is probably most of the money they ever got in taxes off the site in the first place depending on how severe the clean up is). Atlantic Station is a good example in the local area of how it works.

I do not agree with the police precinct concept which gets to be an expensive and inefficient proposition in the long run.

Staying at the current site is not a smart idea either.

Submitted by Spyglass on Thu, 03/06/2008 - 2:26pm.

Are their EPA studies that have been done to confirm contamination at this site? Or is this "assumed"?

I can see how it would be assumed for sure. But we know what assuming can do at times.

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Submitted by Main Stream on Thu, 03/06/2008 - 4:09pm.

It was actually a Superfund site for many years and received a NFA (no further action required). EPA had, and may still have, monitoring wells on the property, monitoring for contamination and leakage into Line Creek. There were some nasty chemicals out there, more than just chlorine.

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Submitted by mudcat on Wed, 03/05/2008 - 8:39pm.

Government corruption and inefficiency is bad. We need a change. Logsdon is the cause of everything wrong including global warming. He needs to go. Would you please run for mayor again and save us from this Nazi? Please? We luv ya man!

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