In PTC Council races, Plunkett, Dyer, Boone will continue Logsdon way

Tue, 07/07/2009 - 2:48pm
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I hope everyone had a great 4th of July with family and friends. My great neighbor Nancy drove her golf cart on my behalf in the parade with her grandkids throwing out the candy. I would like to thank and say how much I appreciated all those watching the parade who yelled, gave thumbs up and otherwise showed their support for me.

Last week, Cyndi Plunkett declared for mayor and Steve Boone and Les Dyer declared for council posts. This slate has been known to some since at least April. Its purpose is to maintain the current majority thinking on the council.

Les Dyer is a friend of Boone’s and acquaintance of Plunkett and Logsdon. They talk at council meetings and Dyer complimented Logsdon as mayor in PTC 101.

As noted in the online announcement on The Citizen, his wife works for HomeSource. What was not noted was HomeSource is a division of Pathway Communities, and she works in the new homes division and could very well be an onsite sales rep for Callula Hill.

Obviously and understandably, Plunkett, my opponent for mayor, does not want to be elected to a minority voting position. Obviously and understandably, I don’t want to be elected to an ongoing minority position as well.

Therefore I say these things to be consistent with my many times stated position that this election is not only about who is elected mayor, but what thinking and positions hold the majority on council.

This is not about persons or personalities. This is about positions and realities.

Now, clear-cut choices are available to the voters. If you want continuity of the majority of the last four years, you have candidates to vote for.

If you want to change back to the village concept and comprehensive plan and like smart growth over any growth, which the minority has fought for the last two years, you have candidates who have declared that goal running for mayor and all the council positions.

Regarding the mayoral election, since the election is four months away, I will only make brief comments at this time. Just enough to give voters things to think about and questions to ask.

For Scott Rowland, I have nothing to comment on at this time because he has taken no positions on anything.

For Cyndi Plunkett I will be contrasting our positions and voting records on such as voting to lift the multifamily moratorium for John Wieland Homes, rezoning to allow a near-60-foot-tall hotel, the special use permit being in the general commercial ordinance, abandoning the Line Creek roads to enable a big box development, approving a big box and big shopping center and approving the Hwy. 54 West traffic light application.

She supported and I opposed on these votes.

While we are near build-out, there are still several hundred acres that are not built and more in need of redevelopment and improvement, not to mention the ability to annex more land to allow even more building.

So, this is not now nor ever will be a dead issue in the future for any council or the citizens of Peachtree City. In fact, we have a step one annexation on the agenda now.

I agree with Plunkett that we need more police and fire, so that’s a moot issue between us. I agree on the need for experience carry-over on council.

But I would add the omitted fact that Doug Sturbaum has experience and will be on council at least two more years and has been my fellow councilman on the two side of the 3-2 votes.

So, the difference is in what each of us carry over, meaning more of the same with Plunkett, and back to the village concept with me.

I agree recreation is important to Peachtree City, but the difference is in how we pay for it and how much burden is to be put on all taxpayers.

Teamwork is important. But, as the Georgia Municipal Association says, full teamwork and cooperation is the ideal goal, but it should never be at the expense of one’s conscience or promises to their constituents.

That means on issues such as the Hwy. 54 West proposal, no teamwork was possible, since it would have required the minority to abandon its conscience and promises.

So, when the majority told the minority, publicly, we needed to forget the campaign promises, we’re part of council now and needed to get behind the majority, that was not going to happen.

As Plunkett said when she voted against the moratorium on commercial development, I proposed to allow time to get our ordinances updated to protect Peachtree City, [but] she didn’t want to send the wrong message to the developers.

My position was that she was sending the wrong message to the citizens of Peachtree City.

That was followed by the first 3-2 loss to the majority. That resulted in Walgreen’s snapping up property and getting plan approvals three years prior to taking control and negotiations with developers to add “improvements” to proposals in return for concessions that could have been avoided by simply having had changed the ordinances first.

Ask questions and demand answers. Candidates that give answers such as they will talk about it later or will consider each proposal independently are telling you they will vote to approve what they know is not wanted. That dice roll has been done before and we have paid dearly for it.

This election truly will determine the path Peachtree City takes for the future.

Don Haddix

Mayoral Candidate

Peachtree City, Ga.

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Submitted by Don Haddix on Tue, 07/14/2009 - 8:37am.

My comments on Cyndi and I resigning prompted some legal questions.

Turns out the court has ruled that since her term and the Mayor's term end at the same time she does not have to resign. But, since my term continues past I have to get off.

Therefore I retract and correct the comment.

I understand putting my office on the ballot and my being off, win or loose on the Mayor's election, when the new term begins. But, having to get off before and leaving the seat vacant for any time period does not make sense. The law needs revised.

Unlike some, when I find something is wrong, by error or by further information, I admit and correct it.

Don Haddix
PTC Councilman
Post 1

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Submitted by mudcat on Sat, 07/18/2009 - 7:29am.

Just 4 positions, yours, Cyndi's and the mayor being open (meaning no incumbent) and Boone's.

That means we will have a minimum of 2 new people and possibly as many as 4 new people on city council.

Hope the voters know how important this election is to the future of Peachtree City.

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Submitted by Don Haddix on Sat, 07/18/2009 - 8:37am.

You are right. This election is pivotal. No one should assume the issues that made the last 4 years so divisive are going away.

In example, McMurrain is requesting to add more footage to his development and make a Big Box even bigger. Callula Hills will be back and it would be a serious mistake to assume there is no risk of it passing.

Don Haddix
PTC Councilman
Post 1

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Sat, 07/11/2009 - 6:12am.

Maybe one more. There are 4 seats opening up. Who besides these 3 will change the direction of the city?
How about Dyer?
I don't think you should throw Dyer under the bus because his wife works for the devil. She just sells houses as an independent contractor. Its not like she has a say in what they do or can be influenced by whoever runs Pathways. They always give their people complete freedom to pursue their careers without interference or heavy-handed supervision. Besides, what wife would try to influence her husband for personal or business gain? They are just not that way at Pathways. It is a wonderful Christian company with a family atmosphere - sort of like Chick-fil A.
And Callula Hills is dead - not coming back. At least not until we have new council asleep at the switch, then you can bet your bottom dollar they will sneak it through somehow.

Submitted by MYTMITE on Sat, 07/11/2009 - 10:00am.

We were supposed to get a good laugh from your blog weren't we? "What wife would try to influence her husband for personal or business gain.?" How much space and time do we have?

Submitted by StopCallulaHills on Sat, 07/11/2009 - 7:34am.

Here's what's going to happen. Upon Haddix stepping down in early September the council will fill the Post with a Logsdon clone, supported by Boone and Plunkett. Staubaum will not have a chance. Then immediately after the election, in which Boone and Plunkett have lost big time, a surprising "development" will bring Callula Hills to council for a vote. Again with nothing to lose, Logsdon, Boone and the newly appointed clone will vote Yea. Plunkett, with respect for the city, and Staubaum will be out voted 3-2. Let the lawsuits begin.
I certainly hope this is NOT how it goes down. Perhaps the only thing that might change this is if Logsdon also loses his bid for insurance commish and realized his political career is over and therefore has no need to reward his backers.

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Submitted by Don Haddix on Sat, 07/11/2009 - 9:14am.

When I step down on September 2 my seat will be put on the November 3rd ballot at the September 4th meeting. Whoever wins that election will be seated immediately, but the seat will be open until then.

Plunkett also has to step down, but can wait until September 4th. That will reduce Council to three people until a special call meeting occurs a few weeks later to appoint her replacement since she has less than a year left. Dyer will be appointed to that seat, which he is also running for in November.

This is a rerun scenario of when Rutherford stepped down, Harman was picked, appointed, backed and coached, but I won the election.

Is it dead? No. Not by a long shot. It will come back, just a question of when. Can it pass? You better believe it, but in an negotiated form just like went down on the 54 W development.

Don Haddix
PTC Councilman
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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Mon, 07/13/2009 - 5:21am.

Appointing someone who has already announced is bad enough, but waiting to announce so that the mayor and Boone can pick their favorite is totally irresponsible.

If I understand this correctly, Cyndi will cost us money we don't need to spend (for the special meeting) and play a passive role in getting a Logsdon/Boone person appointed to her unfinished term --- if she waits after Sept. 2 to resign her seat. That's a deal killer for me - a no vote for a wasteful and devious politician.

So if that happens and Callula Hills comes back, we have Logsdon, Boone, Dyer and Sturbaum (and one empty seat) voting. That kills Dyer (Connie's husband) for his election, but he may only have been put there for the Callula vote. That's real sneaky. Hard to believe a good Christian company like Pathways under their highly ethical leader would dream up such a thing.

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Submitted by Don Haddix on Mon, 07/13/2009 - 8:10am.

I need to correct one thing, Morgan. The Council Meeting is Sept 3, not 4th. Sorry about that.

My Post needs to be added to the November election on Sept 3rd to avoid a special election or jumping through hoops to avoid it, as well as extra costs. Thus the need to keep a quorum on for Sept 3rd.

Cyndi's Post does not go to a special election. It would be dealt with in a special call meeting. And yes, that does involve some extra costs, normal to any meeting, but not the cost of a special election.

Reality is the day she qualifies is the day she is off of Council by State law. Also a reality is if she stepped down Sept 2 it would still require the same special call meeting along with the expense.

I don't know why your are surprised since you saw the same scenario in 2007 as regards the CCD 54 W proposal with that appointment as well as the stealth candidate approach of 2005.

Don Haddix
PTC Councilman
Post 1

Submitted by Spyglass on Sat, 07/11/2009 - 9:36am.

I personally think that someone elected for the Council should finish their term before seeking something else, but that's another issue altogether. I understand what you and Cyndi are doing is legal, but it doesn't mean I have to like it. Especially if your actions leaves PTC with a 3 person Council for any length of time.

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Submitted by Don Haddix on Sat, 07/11/2009 - 9:56am.

Under normal circumstances I agree fully. But we are not in normal circumstances.

I actually think it is bad State Law that boots us off. But that is part of the other conversation.

Make no mistake, this is a battle for the future direction of PTC. The dice was rolled in 2005 and did you get what you thought you were going to get in the majority on Council?

This is no time for an unknown who will have to do on the job training to be Mayor. There is too much on too many levels going on in this economy, in battles with the State and so forth.

Those who like the last 4 years can keep Boone and Plunkett while adding Dyer. Those who don't and like what the minority has been doing can keep Sturbaum and me and, based on who is declared now, add Fleisch, Walsh and one from Post 1, all of whom oppose the last 4 years.

Either way you get a Council with experience in the Mayor's seat backed by one Council Post with experience.

We don't need another dice roll in PTC now.

Don Haddix
PTC Councilman
Post 1

Submitted by Spyglass on Sat, 07/11/2009 - 10:23am.

And as always, your input is appreciated. Stay on high ground with your campaign, I think it will help you.

I've got research to do. I'm only familiar with yourself and Cyndi of all the folks running for office.

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