PTC acquiring site near Lake Peachtree

Fri, 06/26/2009 - 3:34pm
By: John Munford

Plans to allow remote controlled vehicle track

Peachtree City and Fayette County officials have agreed to a land swap that will provide the city with a 7.81 acre tract direct across Kelly Drive/McIntosh Trail from Lake Peachtree.

In return the county will get a 3.39 acre site directly adjacent to the county’s animal shelter and also next to the Rite Aid drug store. That site will still be the location of a golf cart tunnel underneath Ga. Highway 74 south once the roadway is expanded in a project expected to begin later this year.

The Kelly Drive site is the former location of a county operated water plant. The county initially planned to redevelop the site as a passive park but according to city officials those plans did not proceed due to a lack of funding.

City recreation officials plan to have the Kelly Drive land become the site of a remote controlled vehicle track proposed by a group of city residents who have pledged to building the track and minor support structures, with no up front costs to the city.

The county plans to use the animal shelter land to expand the facility's septic field, city officials said.

“In my personal opinion this is a good deal for the city and the county,” Mayor Harold Logsdon said at last week’s City Council meeting.

The resolution authorizing the land swap was approved unanimously by council.

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Submitted by MYTMITE on Tue, 06/30/2009 - 9:50am.

No up front costs? What about all the other costs? Will the city have to cover liability insurance? What will the city's liability be? What happens when this group of interested citizens move on? Who takes over, the city? or does it just become an eyesore?

Can someone please explain how this would be less expensive than a passive park? And just what is a passive park? One without an attitude? I would think upkeep on a park would be cheaper than on a facility such as the one proposed. Again, this is to the benefit of a few, rather than the majority. A nice park would appeal to more people.

Submitted by Spyglass on Tue, 06/30/2009 - 11:21am.

And yes, no attitude would be nice. Smiling

Submitted by Spyglass on Mon, 06/29/2009 - 3:49pm.

I've always wondered why the chain link was allowed on this property. Hopefully, it will be improved soon by the City and stop being the eyesore it is.

Submitted by PTCGOIL on Mon, 06/29/2009 - 10:47pm.

"no up front costs to the city". If the fence is going to come down, I think that is an up-front cost. Why would it need to be fenced at all if it is a public park? Oh, me-thinks there will be costs, no question about it. You can bet your little man-toys on that.

We just don't have enough little play areas for all the PTC man/boyz, yet, do we? How about the skateboard ramps and BMX trails a couple hundred yards down the same road? No cost there, right?

Let's just see what how much of the next three year's rec. dept. budget this little piece of fantasy land eats up.

Submitted by Spyglass on Tue, 06/30/2009 - 8:38am.

I can't see how improving it will hurt PTC at all. Obviously, you disagree.

Submitted by PTCGOIL on Tue, 06/30/2009 - 9:43am.

Volunteers or not, once people are allowed access to this property, the city will have to spend money on it. Where will the money come from? We don't even have enough to pave parking lots at city hall and fire stations, obviously.
Why not keep the property as is till the economy shows improvement? Then, properly budget funds to operate it as a public park.

Submitted by Bonkers on Tue, 06/30/2009 - 10:39am.

I think it is just a lot for these guys to play with their little cars!
They will probably sign a paper as to insurance problems?

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Submitted by matt.barnes on Tue, 06/30/2009 - 11:14am.

A few people have raised the liability question on this issue. How bad could liability insurance on an RC park really be? Especially when you compare it to jungle gyms, bmx tracks, pools and other things the city already has?

Personally, I don't really see the point in having a RC park. This is a beautiful peace of property on the lake. It could be turned into a very nice picnic park at very little expense.

Submitted by Spyglass on Tue, 06/30/2009 - 11:19am.

it would be a nice site for just as you say.

Submitted by GAltant on Tue, 06/30/2009 - 5:32am.

Why not attend the next city council meeting and make suggestions on what you beleive they should do with the property?
Also, I think they are always open to volunteers woh can help supervise the property or raise private funds to do something else with the land.
This might be a great time to pitch in and help.

Submitted by reallybigkid on Mon, 06/29/2009 - 9:20am.

Do we really need a r/c track just to satisfy a handful of people? I just don't see the point behind it.

Submitted by Bonkers on Mon, 06/29/2009 - 8:14pm.

Will it have: paved parking; grandstands; toilets; water; sewer; be locked up; open at all times; supervised; allow drinking and eating (with garbage collection); pass EPA "wash" standards; have any grass--mowed; what will eventual capital and annual costs be to city?

Who carries the insurance?

Submitted by Spyglass on Mon, 06/29/2009 - 3:50pm.

And obviously, what are you willing to work yourself on? As these people have agreed to help get it started, etc..right now, the property is an eyesore, anything of improvement would be nice.

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Submitted by matt.barnes on Mon, 06/29/2009 - 9:41pm.

Sounds like a good oportunity to propose an ice rink.

Submitted by MYTMITE on Tue, 06/30/2009 - 10:02am.

Do you think the "IceMan" may have changed his tactics and is now going for a remote vehicle park? Or will the rv operators be skating while operating these toys? Anyway you slice it, if Peachtree approves this we will be skating on thin ice. No money to repair all the things that need to be repaired---borrowing money to cover those expenses=raised taxes. If there is money in the treasury to cover whatever the city would cover then that money should go to other needed repairs or to help facilities now open, i.e., longer library hours, etc.

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Submitted by matt.barnes on Tue, 06/30/2009 - 11:07am.

Maybe this is Dar's new secrect strategy. Pitch an idea that is so silly that people will think his ice rink idea is a great idea just by comparison.

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Submitted by matt.barnes on Tue, 06/30/2009 - 11:19am.

Or even better, the city council could re-zone the property and sell it to a developer who could then build a low-income lakefront apartment building.

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Submitted by DarkMadam on Tue, 06/30/2009 - 11:31am.

That is a great observation!

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