Rowland: Candidate wants to maintain PTC quality of life

Tue, 09/15/2009 - 3:36pm
By: The Citizen

Our town is one of the finest places in the United States to raise a family and retire. We owe this unique distinction to the residents of this community and the mindset of our city fathers. Some have strayed from the ideals of low density zoning and fiscal responsibility, but overall we have been served well by our council and mayors.
I am running for mayor of Peachtree City because I want to maintain the quality of life that I have enjoyed here for years.
My priorities are continued excellence in public safety, recreation, adhering to the land use plan and the village concept.
Our police officers and firefighters deserve the attention of the mayor and council and I intend to support them.
The recreational path system that runs throughout our city is part of what makes Peachtree City so unique. Let’s maintain it well.
Low-density zoning is imperative. Spot rezoning to drum up short-term revenue is unacceptable.
Make no mistake, this city and its departments should be run by professionals, not politicians. Peachtree City has a weak mayor system. I have no intention of making the office of mayor more than it should be.
One of my opponents has said that my having a full-time job disqualifies me from being mayor. The last thing our city needs is another full-time politician dreaming up ordinances and spending their day trying to run the city.
As mayor, I will see to it that a cordial tone and professional atmosphere are set at the council meetings. The ideals of appropriate zoning, fiscal responsibility, and preservation of our way of life must be paramount.
Growing up in Peachtree City has given me a different perspective on the issues. Peachtree City is not just statistics and numbers. Peachtree City is families going on their golf cart to the grocery store, to soccer practice at Glenloch and to the 4th of July PCFD water battle at Drake Field.
As a small-business person I spend my days working to protect and manage my clients’ wealth, calculating the best return on investments. As mayor, I want to serve the community by preserving the place in which I live, worship, work and play.
Scott Rowland
Candidate for Mayor of Peachtree City

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Submitted by Dondol on Fri, 09/18/2009 - 9:41am.

1. Do you or have you ever had any personal or business dealings with
any Developers or local Real Estate personnel?
2. Does anyone in your family have any personal or business
dealings with any Developers or local Real
Estate personnel?
3. "Make no mistake, this city and its departments should be run
by professionals, not politicians". Does this mean that you
will finally get rid of Our non-professional
City Manager?

Submitted by Spyglass on Fri, 09/18/2009 - 3:00pm.

any and all Real Estate/Development related industry/personnel is/are bad? Can I assume you live in PTC? Are you one of the original landowners who didn't sell out and kept their old house on its existing land? I don't think there are many, but you must be one of them.

Submitted by Dondol on Sat, 09/19/2009 - 11:59am.

And no I'm not an original landowner, I'm just a concerned citizen that
wants to make sure that what is left of PTC doesn't go the way of Clayton county. And no not all Real Estate personnel are bad people
just the developers that want to screw the Citizens with stupid developments on what little land is left in the City. Just trying to make sure that we don't have another Mayor (ie Lennox,Logsdon) in bed with likes of PCDC or Group 6. If you've lived here as long as you say you have you must remember those living legends. And by the way you're attempt at Sarcasm didn't work, but good try.

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Submitted by NUK_1 on Fri, 09/18/2009 - 9:53am.

I know when buying home in PTC or anywhere else in this country, one or more real estate agents are usually involved. When you say have you ever had any "personal dealings" with any real estate agents, how many residents anywhere could say "no?"

On Question (3), I couldn't agree more with you. I think anyone making replacement of the City Mgr a campaign issue will get votes. Anyone who starts their career as PTC City Mgr and immediately goes to Council wanting help and a Asst. City Mgr. is suspect. There's plenty more than just the DUI escapade to argue it's past time for new leadership at City Hall in the city manager's position as well as Mayor/Council.

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Submitted by Don Haddix on Fri, 09/18/2009 - 10:54am.

Personnel issues are legally sensitive ones. Before candidates make pronouncements on who they will fire they should realize once elected that could come back and haunt them when they try to act on it. Especially for such as me who was on Council and looking to return.

In example, I pushed for the elimination of the Assistant Manager position. But with someone in the position he had to first retire, be moved or be fired for cause. He retired, bad health, and the job was eliminated. But it could not be talked about publicly while still filled.

Similar issues on outsourcing the landscaping.

Carry that premise over when looking at existing people and making pronouncement now. You don't won't claims of being election politics versus good solid reasoning for any job action in the future.

As is the norm a new Council will examine statuses and make appropriate changes or leave all the same. But that is executive session issues with no outcomes appropriately being stated prior here.

The City Manager is a question I have been asked frequently. Also a few others as well. My answer is always the same, wait and see what the next Council decides since it is a 3 vote minimum issue.

Don Haddix
Candidate for Mayor

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Submitted by DarkMadam on Fri, 09/18/2009 - 9:01am.

What a concept! Scott Rowland sticks to his issues and what he stands for and doesn’t need to down grade his opponents to make himself look good. The very best thing I have heard from anyone running for any post is the line "Make no mistake, this city and its departments should be run by professionals, not politicians." I think that this fellow is EXACTLY what is needed.

Maybe once Scott is elected, he can teach a class on professionalism in the political field! I know who I would say needs to attend his class. Does anyone else have any ideas of who they would have attend?

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Submitted by Mike King on Fri, 09/18/2009 - 9:39am.

While accepted as laudatory that Mr Rowland has thus far refrained from mudslinging in his quest for mayor, I am concerned with the "how" he intends to govern. Many "pie in the sky" speeches or articles about how great this city is or can be, simply will not make it happen, just take for example our current mayor ran on a platform of fiscal responsibility as a financial planner, and here we are in the middle of a financial crisis. Simply stated, I wonder how his customers fared during this economic slowdown as compared to mine or yours.

A statement such as "Make no mistake, this city and its departments should be run by professionals, not politicians" begs me to ask, just who at city hall does he feel to be unprofessional? Other than those who lose their election bid, who will be leaving?

As far as teaching a class on professionalism in politics, Darkmadam you have taken being naive to an unprecedented level. With all the politicians making headlines lately, perhaps you intended to indicate that Mr Rowland is yet unsoiled.

Don Haddix, a man of proven capability and the mettle to do the right thing is my choice. The experiments of the current and previous mayors say it all.

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Submitted by DarkMadam on Fri, 09/18/2009 - 10:39am.

No... I personally know this man and have been continually impressed with him. Maybe mike you are spending too much time trying to "read between his lines" and missing his message all together. I believe that each person has their own opinion and should respect the opinions of others without name calling. However, now I do understand why you support Haddix. Everything becomes clear in time.

Submitted by Bonkers on Wed, 09/16/2009 - 6:23am.

Don't we have one of these as mayor now?

I did like the original Mayor Brown! Too agreeable with some, but no cheater.

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Submitted by mudcat on Wed, 09/16/2009 - 5:30am.

That is exactly what we need for Mayor. You are classy not to mention Haddix, nor should you ever, but his take on this is that you can't be mayor because you have a job (annoying all of us with jobs) and Cyndi can't be mayor because she has children (annoying all mothers and most women), but only he has full-time to "dream up ordinances".

Yes indeed, we are a city charted since the beginning with weak (meaning ceremonial) mayor and strong city manager. We have neither now, nor have we since the real mayor Brown and Jim Basinger. Get us back to the good old days, Scott where we didn't sell roads to developers, knew how to stand behind the land use plan and had a small number of city workers - although certainly enough to cut the grass.

I was going all-female with my votes this November, but I am supporting you - and of course the 3 ladies you will be working with. Their election seems almost certain.

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