Councilwoman Plunkett ‘considering’ race for Peachtree City mayor

Tue, 05/12/2009 - 4:11pm
By: John Munford

Peachtree City Councilwoman Cyndi Plunkett confirmed Tuesday that she is considering the possibility of running for mayor.

Plunkett, whose term expires the end of this year, would face off against fellow Councilman Don Haddix, who has already announced his bid for mayor.

Current Mayor Harold Logsdon has said he would not seek a second term and instead will run for state insurance and fire safety commissioner.

Plunkett said the reason she is considering the role is because she is a big supporter of the city, but said she has not made a final decision yet. She is still in the process of talking to friends and family to see if a mayoral bid is in everyone’s best interest.

“I think it will be a crowded field,” Plunkett said.

One reason Plunkett said she wasn’t in a hurry to decide is because of the importance of current issues facing the council, particularly the budget as the city is adjusting to lower revenues.

The city so far this year has terminated 27 employees, 23 of whom were landscaping and mowing crews that were replaced by a private company performing the services.

Two of those employees were re-hired by the city: one by the fire department and the other back to a new position at Public Works created to supervise the contractor on mowing and landscaping issues.

The city also has scaled back some employee benefits, increasing premiums for healthcare and also eliminated vacation pay for part-time staffers.

Plunkett said she has heard a large number of people will run for mayor, which she attributes in part to the large number of volunteers who have served on boards, commissions and authorities. Plunkett also credited the PTC 101 class for explaining to residents exactly how city government works.

Beyond Haddix, no one else has yet come forward to announce for mayor.

Several residents have announced they would seek a city council seat. Vanessa Fleisch, a local Realtor, will run for Plunkett’s Post 4 seat.

Eric Imker, who is retired, has said he would run for Haddix’s open Post 1 seat, which will have two years remaining on its four-year term.

Challenging Imker for the Post 1 seat is business consultant Shelby Barker, a former leader of the Peachtree City Youth Council.

Post 3 Councilman Steve Boone has not announced if he will run for re-election, and no candidates have yet announced they will run for his seat.

Other Fayette municipalities also are holding off-year elections this fall.

Fayetteville will have elections in November for three of its city council seats. Terms are expiring for Post 3 Councilman Walt White, Post 4 Councilman Larry Dell and Post 5 Councilman Paul Oddo.

There’s no word on whether they will seek reelection.

And in Tyrone, voters will decide on two council seats. Both Post 3 Councilwoman Grace Caldwell and Post 4 Councilwoman Grace Furr have said they will be running for reelection.

— Ben Nelms also reported on this story.

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Submitted by Dondol on Wed, 05/13/2009 - 3:25pm.

This Sounds like a Saturday Afternoon Matinee or that's what the Council meetings will be like with Miss Cyndi at the helm.
Lots of sparks, long moments of indecision, grandstanding and just generally Acting like she cares. In the end Miss Cyndi will ride in and save the poor old Developers from the Mean Spirited Citizens of Peachtree City. Then it will be safe again for Developers to walk the dusty streets of Peachtree City, until the next Rezoning Request anyway.

Obama's weapon of Choice!

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Submitted by Spear Road Guy on Tue, 05/12/2009 - 10:41pm.

Harold Logsdon's sidekick down the path of the city's destruction is going to run for mayor???

Hasn't Cyndi done enough damage already? It could be worse, I mean the city could be swallowed up by an earthquake.

Vote Republican

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Submitted by mudcat on Wed, 05/13/2009 - 5:04am.

I don't think so. One more non-incumbent is all that is needed - maybe Scott Bradshaw if the rumors here are true. Scott's best strategy is to wait until the last minute and profess surprise that no one more qualified has stepped forward to run, so he'll do it out of a sense of duty. Then he could pack some meaningful campaign promises into 6 short weeks and he'll seem like a breath of fresh air after an entire summer of the Cyndi and Don show.

If we don't get a serious non-incumbent ;ile Scott, who will walk away with the mayor's seat by a landslide by the way, then it will be a fight between Logdson's gal Cyndi and Don the great reformer. And that fight will be boring and get in the way of normal city business for the rest of the year.

One thing for sure, that dope who makes the same post everywhere asking "What is your platform" will be out in full force. Reminds me of the guy on the street in NY that kept asking Dan Rather "Kenneth, what is the frequency?" Newsflash, neither one actually has a platform. That requires some serious deep thought an an intellect way above the level they (or any local politician possesses. All these local people have is a vague desire to "serve" and a strong need for power and recognition.

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Submitted by Don Haddix on Wed, 05/13/2009 - 8:15am.

I know Scott. He isn't running and does not like the rumor out there. Just ask him.

Don Haddix
PTC Councilman
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Submitted by DarkMadam on Wed, 05/13/2009 - 3:08pm.

This is a free forum and we are getting tired of Haddix sticking up for everyone except the taxpayers of PTC. Please chime in and squash these rumors yourself please. Frankly, I would be interested in seeing what you would have to say about the state of this city at the current time.

Submitted by YourGoodPalMike on Thu, 05/14/2009 - 8:48pm.

You could do a lot worse than Mrs. Plunkett. If you don't know her then your opinion is minor. She is a good person, a good citizen, a good mother, and has a wonderful and loving family. Great husband and kids. Her heart is in this community, so either learn who she is or button it.

Is she biased toward the West Village? Of course. She lives there. I bet you want the city council to work hard for your area as well, so you can't blame her for focusing on improving the West Village situation (MacDuff, Wieland, etc.).

Before you guys go and attack this nice lady, get to know her. It's one thing to disagree with her policies or record, but some of you feel you should attack her personally.

That's not only unethical, but entirely immature.

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Fri, 05/15/2009 - 6:07am.

The west village is exactly where the next mayor and council should focus.
You can start by changing the name - Wilkspoor? is that it? Sounds like something the CDC keeps in the basement.

Of far greater importance is the extension of McDuff Parkway and what gets built on the land north of Centennial. It is not too late to create a real village over there if you have real leadership and stick to the land use plan or at least the modified land use plan or at least some kind of plan instead of just letting the developers stampede over us as has been the case ever since Lenox opened the floodgates and Brown's ineffectiveness let them stay open much longer than they should. Add Logsdon's position that the floodgates should be permanently open and look what we have.

Now under Plunkett, Haddix or Bradshaw (doesn't matter one whit to me) there is an opportunity to complete the West Village in a way that is compatible with the rest of PTC. That means affordable multi-family (preferably non-rental), useful recreation, arts center and themed subdivisions like Honeysuckle Ridge. We have enough commercial, thank you very much.

So just focus on the West Village, get it built right and leave the rest of us alone. In fact get Todd Strickland actively involved in the process. He has more creative ideas in his little finger than all of council,staff and planning commission have combined.

Now that would be a wonderful campaign promise for one of them to make - and keep.

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Submitted by Don Haddix on Fri, 05/15/2009 - 8:25am.

Forget Scott. As I already said he isn't running and has no desire to run. Ask him if you know him. I do.

Working with DAPC we began generating some concepts for Wilksmoor last year. I have had a sit down with Wieland about uses for his 89 acres.

So, you are right in that under the right Council we have a great opportunity.

As far as commercial goes you have no guarantee Plunkett would not compromise and allow it, even Big Boxes. I am very familiar with her approach.

Rec facilities, an arts center and such would require City financing. The developers are not just giving us property or buildings easily at this time and the citizens are not approving referendums to spend money on such things. So, that could very well be a long term goal if things turn around, but definitely not achievable in the next few years. A challenge.

The area already has a ton of homes with Scarbrough property uses locked into 55 plus. He is on board for some cooperative efforts on adjoining properties for educational uses. He is committed to finishing the extension. So, unless he changes his mind that property is legally locked to his plan.

I asked for and have feedback from a number of residents and they have no problem with using land there for job based development, such as education, R&D, medical professional centers and some other high end uses. Of course it would have to be properly buffered from residential. Near the tracks would be a good location.

But just more homes of any kind is not constructive unless we get jobs into PTC first. We have plenty on the market now and PTC is declining rapidly as a commuter based bedroom community. People want to live near where they work. And we do have leverage because the 89 acres, etc, would require rezoning to develop.

As for the rest of PTC, there are some areas that need redevelopment. But that is a long term issue, in general, because as long as there is pristine land and usable existing redevelopment is difficult to accomplish. Nor redevelopment to other uses at higher densities, etc, as some on Council are wanting.

You are right in that changing the rest of PTC areas to something else is a bad idea for PTC. Residential should not become commercial nor become crammed tightly together high density homes, in example. Disrupting communities would be a disaster.

A lot to do and it needs to be done right.

Don Haddix
PTC Councilman
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Submitted by YourGoodPalMike on Fri, 05/15/2009 - 6:09pm.

People are having a reasonable discussion here. That's good.

The problem with "buildout" and good planning is that the city can simply take on (annex) more land. In theory Peachtree City can grow and grow and grow until it fills a lot of Fayette County.

The best we could hope for is that Tyrone and Brooks (is that even incorporated?) annex the land before we do.

And as far as the West Village is concerned, the name is definitely confusing. A better name would be YourGoodPalMikeLand.

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