PTC manager proposes more cuts

Fri, 01/30/2009 - 6:10pm
By: The Citizen

Changes include hike in medical premiums, shrinking building staff and no pay raises

Peachtree City City Manager Bernie McMullen will propose a number of other areas to cut as the city tries to whittle down an anticipated $3.5 million shortfall in the coming fiscal year’s budget.
McMullen is also proposing a millage rate increase “to bring ongoing revenue inline with ongoing expenses.”

“It is expected that without some level of millage rate increase, service levels will need to be cut significantly,” McMullen wrote.

The cuts will be discussed at Thursday’s City Council meeting but no vote is expected on the matter, McMullen said in the memo, which was also circulated today to city employees.

McMullen has already proposed eliminating 23 landscaping, mowing and utility positions in the city’s public works and recreation departments for an anticipated savings of $840,000. In a memo to the City Council published today McMullen is also suggesting the reduction of staffing levels in the building department — no number of positions was listed, eliminating pay raises (for a $700,000 savings) and doubling employee healthcare contributions effective March 1 ($120,000 in savings).

The building department change would take effect in the next 30 to 60 days, McMullen wrote, noting that compared to 2003 single family building permits dropped from 258 to 47 last year, and commercial building permits have dropped from 42 to 20 in the same time period.

McMullen is also suggesting the city charge police and fire employees who live outside the city limits and take home city vehicles. This would add nearly $26,000 which would “offset part of the expenses” of vehicles taken outside the city.

Other proposals include:
• Eliminating all paid leave benefits to all regular part-time positions including annual leave, sick leave, safety hours, and holiday time (estimated savings: $45,000). Regular part time employees earn four hours per holiday and vacation time at half the rate of regular full-time employees. The majority of these employees are at the library. Non-regular part-time firefighters would continue to get 8 hours pay for any city holiday worked;

• Closing the Clover Reach and Pebblepocket pools (estimated savings $57,000). A private contractor has asked to continue using both pools for lessons “and a willingness to share expenses,” McMullen said, noting that option would be presented to City Council by its March 19 meeting;

• Possibly outsourcing the Kedron Fieldhouse and Aquatic Center (unknown savings). Several private individuals have said they can operate the facility at a considerable savings to the city, McMullen said, so a request for information and qualifications will be developed by city staff to determine if qualified firms are interested and how they would operate the complex. The goal would be to have a contract in place before the start of the 2010 fiscal year;

• Possibly consolidating the recreation and public works maintenance crews under public works (unknown savings); and
• Restructuring cardboard recycling managed by the city (approximately $24,000 in savings). City staff and Keep Peachtree City Beautiful are working to find a vendor that will haul it away at no cost. If not the service would be eliminated and residents could drop theirs off at the county transfer station or local solid waste haulers that also accept recyclables.

At the conclusion of his memo McMullen said staff is continuing to examine all other areas of the budget for potential savings.

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Spear Road Guy's picture
Submitted by Spear Road Guy on Tue, 02/03/2009 - 11:57am.

As a fellow veteran, I think the city manager should remember where he came from. Hacking your people into little pieces is not the answer.

Somebody need to LEAD!!! Logsdon is already wearing a dress. How about you Mr. City Manager??? Take the lead and stop all of the foolishness.

Vote Republican

Submitted by Titum Gan Eiri Ort on Tue, 02/03/2009 - 1:22pm.

If Logsdon is wearing the party dress (like he is), then McMullen is wearing the panties and make-up. Spear Road Guy I know you know that these two guys never make a move without a dark plan to try to save their own skins. McMullen has made a career hacking up his people to hide his own inability to do any type of job that requires management or management of people. The Mayor, well is his just to stupid to have or follow any plan that requires as IQ over 60. But, you can not work together, play together, golf together, drink together, screw over people and have a business together unless you climbed out from under the same rock together or have run your life the way these losers have. I am not even going to talk about the racial jokes they tell one another when they think no one is listening. With that in mind, do you really think they care what happens to the mostly poor black and hispanic workers that will lose their jobs. Don't think that is true, how many top Managers in the city that are not white, have been appointed by recommendation of the City Manager and endorsed by the Mayor. Answer: NONE !!!!! In fact no one in top Management is a Minority. There is a lot more to this story then meets the eye and the Fayette NAACP needs to start asking questions.

Submitted by ericlusa on Mon, 02/02/2009 - 8:33pm.

Now all cut possible for the city worker have been done; what about the high level management of the Peachtree City making $150K and more a year? Is there significant cut also for these peoples?
It seems once more the greed has prevailed against the good rules of management in the past which are leading us to undertake some major cut spending without a full and open dialogue with the people of Peachtree City.And I mean all citizens not only the Elite.It will be welcome to see some serious pay cuts for them as well.
I do welcome all serious proposals coming from our Peachtree City administration.

Eric Lefebvre
Peachtree City

Submitted by Bonkers on Tue, 02/03/2009 - 6:39am.

The people you speak of have contracts saying they can't be cut until contract is expired!
They could voluntarily amend the contract, but won't for various reasons.
Anyway even if they had no contract, the Mayor and council wouldn't dare propose it!
What could be done is to lay-off all these managers and run the town with underlings and the council! If they are not replaced it would fly!

Submitted by MrBeef on Sun, 02/01/2009 - 3:47pm.

"• Eliminating all paid leave benefits to all regular part-time positions including annual leave, sick leave, safety hours, and holiday time (estimated savings: $45,000). Regular part time employees earn four hours per holiday and vacation time at half the rate of regular full-time employees. The majority of these employees are at the library. Non-regular part-time firefighters would continue to get 8 hours pay for any city holiday worked;"

On the surface this is an easy cut, but why? A part time employee earns the leave as HALF the rate of a full time employee, the reason the city gets quality PART TIME people is becaus they DO offer this benefit. It's one thing to eliminate vacation or to eliminate sick time or to elimanate Holiday pay, but to just cut it all???

A past story showed that if the City had given employees the Friday after New Years off, it would cost the city $50,000, that means you could just take away ONE paid holiday away from everyone to accomplish the same thing you are doing by cutting ALL benefits from part time employees.

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Submitted by JacquesMolay on Fri, 01/30/2009 - 6:48pm.

You seem to have run Peachtree City into the ground just like you did in Fulton County! Salvatore has been telling you idiots for years that you needed a millage rate increase and you didn't listen. Now alot of great people have to pay for your incompetence. Good job Bernie!

Submitted by intheknow on Sat, 01/31/2009 - 8:36am.

Hey Jacques'
I guess you weren’t one of the handful (usually a half dozen or less) citizens that attend the annual Council Retreat budget sessions over the last seven years or so, or you would obviously know your statement about the City Manager is WRONG. I having attended many of these sessions know that Mr. McMullen has repeatedly told EVERY Council, at EVERY annual budget session that the millage needed to increase. In fact the way he has presented every time I’ve attended, he’s stated if we didn’t raise it “this much this year”, we would HAVE to raise it (drastically more) next year.
Blame has to go to councils on this one, both past and present, as no one wants to make the hard choice and increase taxes to keep the same level of services that the residents have come to expect! Often referred to as “political suicide”, but without a tax increase to pay for what this city has, it’s only going to become just like “any other town”, as services and amenities go away due to lack of funding.

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Submitted by yellowjax1212 on Sat, 01/31/2009 - 9:49am.

Why does everyone act like this economic slump will last forever. There are very few economist that predict that this recession will more than 12-18 months. If it goes past that we will have a lot more to worry about than missing a few amenities.
Personally I wold rather scale back on some services for a year and still be able to afford the taxes on my house so that I can remain in PTC.

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Submitted by bad_ptc on Fri, 01/30/2009 - 7:08pm.

Who else knows what it signifies?

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Submitted by hutch866 on Fri, 01/30/2009 - 8:08pm.

Distress at sea.

I yam what I yam....Popeye

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Submitted by bad_ptc on Fri, 01/30/2009 - 8:31pm.

I should have excluded any and all military types from answering.

Most U.S. civilian's wouldn't have had a clue.

But it's not just at sea. It can be used anywhere.

One WEB page defines the display of the U.S. flag flying upside down as:

The upside down U.S. flag is an official signal of distress. It is not meant to be, and is not officially recognized as any type of disrespect when so displayed for the right reasons. To the contrary, here is the relevant part of the US Code of Laws regarding how to fly the flag when in distress:

Title 36, U.S.C., Chapter 10
As amended by P.L. 344, 94th Congress
Approved July 7, 1976

§ 176. Respect for flag: No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America; the flag should not be dipped to any person or thing. Regimental colors, State flags, and organization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor.

(a) The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.

As a result of the many traitors and enemies we as a free people have, both foreign and domestic, as a result of the many unconstitutional acts, legislation and atrocities passed and/or committed against US citizens and their life, liberty and property, and as a result of policies that have allowed (and continue to allow) enemies of this nation to enter in large numbers through a porous border policy, I believe the life, liberty and property of US Citizens are in dire danger and distress.

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Submitted by JacquesMolay on Fri, 01/30/2009 - 11:26pm.

Finally someone who understands! Your explaination is the exact reason why I chose that avatar. Thanks bad_ptc, thank you!

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