PTC mayor, city manager to flip houses

Tue, 09/16/2008 - 4:27pm
By: John Munford

Looking for some extra money, Logsdon, McMullen go into renovation business together

Peachtree City’s mayor and city manager have gone into business together to remodel homes.

Mayor Harold Logsdon explained Tuesday morning that the two are in the process of renovating their first home, located at 109 Grenoble Road in Peachtree City, a short walk from the Glenloch Recreation Center.

Logsdon said they plan to proceed one house at a time.

Logsdon said the idea started with his wish to make some extra money. He asked City Manager Bernie McMullen to join him in the venture “because I knew Bernie was very handy.”

Logsdon said he asked City Attorney Ted Meeker if the venture with himself and McMullen would be a conflict of interest, and Meeker told him it wouldn’t be.

In a guest column on Page A4, former Peachtree City Mayor Steve Brown questions the business arrangement, claiming that it could make it difficult for McMullen to “provide unbiased information” to city council members. Logsdon defeated the incumbent Brown in 2005 and Brown ran unsuccessfully last year for a seat in the Georgia legislature.

Logsdon said he and McMullen are doing almost all of the renovation work themselves, getting subcontractors just to handle the siding and landscaping work, Logsdon said. The bulk of the work so far has been replacing the damaged drywall, of which there was plenty, Logsdon said.

Logsdon said both he and McMullen invested the capital for the home purchase. The home was identified after they consulted with a local businessman in the remodeling business who tipped them off to a list of HUD (Housing and Urban Development) homes. That’s where they got their lead on the Grenoble home, Logsdon said.

The company’s name is M Squared, a reference to Logsdon and McMullen’s official city titles as “mayor and manager.”

Logsdon said in addition to the damaged drywall the previous residents also removed all the light fixtures. Part of the renovation has included removing heavy mildew from the trim, which was quite a chore, Logsdon explained.

Seeing the state of the home was an eye-opener, Logsdon said.

“I said, ‘I can’t believe this is in Peachtree City,’” the mayor said.

Logsdon, who retired from BellSouth in 2001, had his own financial planning practice that he had to give up when he took office in 2006.

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Spear Road Guy's picture
Submitted by Spear Road Guy on Wed, 09/17/2008 - 10:45pm.

Logsdon isn't doing a darn thing for the city. An unidentified "local businessman" helped them out. What did the local businessman get in return? Gee whiz.

Vote Republican

Submitted by gw7732 on Fri, 09/19/2008 - 8:13am.

It is easy to say an unidentified helped them out.That want hold water.What is wrong with Logsdon working for a living like everyone else.

Submitted by skyspy on Wed, 09/17/2008 - 10:30am.

As long as they pay all of the fees that the rest of us have to pay, and Mullen isn't doing this on the city clock....I guess it's ok.

Someone needs to rehab the dated train wrecks...this might be the best thing they have done for the city.

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Submitted by CCB on Tue, 09/16/2008 - 9:57pm.

As many times as I've defended Harold Logsdon on this web site, I'm slowly giving up hope. The China deal was really bad. This deal doesn't look much better.

The M Squared name for mayor and manager makes it look like a conflict of interest.

I'm still dancing with the one that brought me but he's proving to be dumber than a box of rocks.

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Tue, 09/16/2008 - 6:11pm.

I voted for Logsdon - or actually against Brown, but this does not pass the smell test, since these two have insider information about what is going on within the city.

Give it up dudes, you can't win unless all the voters are completely brain dead.

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Submitted by tortugaocho on Wed, 09/17/2008 - 12:02pm.

M Squared is a smaller version of what Group VI/Jim Pace did. These guys will get VIP treatment. Pace got on council, got all his rehab/expansion projects zipped through Planning and Building Inspections and then grabbed the brass ring with the Tennis Center. This is a great country !

Submitted by Spyglass on Tue, 09/16/2008 - 7:35pm.

I knew when I saw the headline, someone would bitch. I see no problems with them buying houses, fixing them up and selling them. I've done it myself.

Exactly, what insider info would they have about Glenloch? I can't wait to hear this.

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Submitted by carbonunit52 on Tue, 09/16/2008 - 6:22pm.

The house had a "For Sale" sign on the outside of it, for a good while too.

"I can't wait until tomorrow, because I get more lovable every day."

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Submitted by carbonunit52 on Tue, 09/16/2008 - 5:48pm.

Harold and Bernie are really improving the looks of this house and should be congratulated.

"I can't wait until tomorrow, because I get more lovable every day."

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