Pullias: To preserve PTC buy land for greenspace

Tue, 09/22/2009 - 3:19pm
By: Letters to the ...

Another important platform in my campaign for City Council Post 1 is preservation. Whether we are talking about preserving green space, our planned community, our golf cart paths, or our school system, all are important to the future of our town.

This is what it is all about, right? Any town can be great at its start. Longevity is a lot harder to come by. After its first 50 years, we are the #8 best place to live in the U.S. Will the same be said when we are 100 years young?

Yes, if I have anything to say about it. Here are a few ideas about how we can preserve this great community that might help you decide just who you want making the decisions in the coming years:

Greenspace preservation: Our greenspace helps define and set apart our community. In order to keep our tree community, we need to actively pursue acquiring some of the remaining green areas that are privately owned, and keeping them as city-owned conservation space, never to be disturbed.

There are a few sites that I can see changing the face of our community should they be developed, and I believe they should stay green: the corner of Ga. Highway 54 and Walt Banks Road, corner of Wisdom Road and Ga. Highway 74 North, Hwy. 74 south of Rockaway Road and adjacent to the Animal Shelter, among others.

In conjunction the city could buy and “greenify” some of the vacant industrial sites such as Photocircuits. We could also pursue greening up during redevelopment and new development by demanding more of developers instead of accepting the minimum buffers and green space. It would have a huge impact.

Making any of this happen per the “Proximate Principle” (see my website www.pulliasforptc.com for more details) would help all of our property values go up, whereas in other cities that do not preserve the green they may otherwise go down in 20 years.

I will pursue a plan to increase city-owned conservation greenspace, and push for larger and greener buffers in new and redeveloped areas, instead of the token bare minimums.

The planned community: We are planned. We have a comprehensive plan that is being updated currently and will reflect the future guidelines for the city through the year 2027. We have distinct villages, within which are businesses, schools, homes, retail and commercial. We have a land use plan and zoning with strict ordinances in place.

What we have lacked a bit lately is the strength to stand by and enforce all that we have worked hard to create.

A plan is only as good as those that enforce it. There are aspects of our comprehensive plan that need improvement so that enforcing is easier, less subjective. I will work hard to make those improvements.

What we want is a community where family is first, businesses second, and retail and commercial third. The first and second should never be compromised for the third.

We have been focused too much on sales tax revenue. While sales tax revenue is important, it should not take priority over abiding by our land use plan.

Money comes and it goes. Once a property is cleared of trees and a shopping center is built, it is permanent. In the long run studies have shown that large retail areas actually lessen the overall value of the community.

To be blunt I would rather raise taxes and invest that money into preserving our greenspace rather than clear and build on our greenspace for the sake of sales tax revenue.

We are a planned community. We need to enforce and improve the plan for the betterment of our long-term quality of life, and not sacrifice it for a buck. I will work to do just that.

Golf cart paths: This is the most unique and distinct feature of our town. People may not move here just because of our path system, but they will choose to move here over somewhere else because of it. The paths are a novel privilege, and for us veterans, often taken for granted.

They must be preserved, maintained, enhanced, and expanded into all newly developed areas. Keeping them safe and maintained is a large job for the city, both in public works and public safety.

I will pursue the long-range capital improvements of golf cart bridges at the north end of Hwy. 74 and Peachtree Parkway, at the western gateway to the city where Hwy. 54 meets Wynnmeade Parkway, and at the eastern gateway where Lexington Circle meets Hwy. 54 East.

I will also work to see that the Wilksmoor pathways are appropriate to the size and extent of the development of the West Village and MacDuff Parkway.

Path expansion and preservation is a great way to minimize local traffic on the roadways, especially if the network is expanded in conjunction with new growth and well connected to established areas of the city. Preservation and safe networking of the path system will be a priority.

Schools: Schools are the lifeblood of any community. In Peachtree City, we have no direct control of how the county runs our schools. The best way we can help improve and preserve the great schools in PTC is by having a good working relationship with the BOE. They need to know what we see as the future for our town, and how important it is to us to be kept informed of their needs and issues.

Budget issues are plaguing the BOE right now, and many harbor a lot of ill will as to how things are being managed currently and how they have been managed in the past.

I believe the school board needs a citizen of Peachtree City to step up and represent our interests on the board. We need someone on the board that will pass on our needs to the county, and vice versa. Until that time, the city needs to have someone representing us at all of the BOE meetings. Preserving the schools and improving the communication between the county the city, and the citizenry will be high on my priority list as council member.

Peachtree City is almost at build-out now. We need to focus on preserving its uniqueness and the value of living here for the long term. I hope this article has given you some specific insight as to how I believe we should move forward in the direction of preserving our greenspace, the “plan” in master plan, our path system and our schools.

I see a bright future ahead for our city as long as the right people, with the right mindset are given the power to make it happen. I hope to be given that opportunity.

Beth Pullias

PTC Council Candidate Post 1


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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Wed, 09/23/2009 - 5:46am.

To wit "To be blunt I would rather raise taxes and invest that money into preserving our greenspace"

That's very clear and I admire your courage in saying it and give you kudos for saying (a couple of times) that you would actually purchase the property instead of age-old (and legally-unenforceable) idea of preserving green space without compensation to the landowner.

Now then, (and this will be a Rotary question) Given the fact that the parcels of land you mention have a combined fair market value of approximately $4million - even in today's depressed real estate market - How much will that cost the average PTC homeowner in additional taxes? Or is there another fuding plan like grants or impact fees?

I do think greenspace is important to PTC and the 20% we have does infact sets us apart in a distinctive and visual manner. More could be better - as is the case in Hilton Head, but the question is can we afford it? Or do we want to be forced to afford it? Of course you have to tell us how much before we make that judgment.

Submitted by Spyglass on Wed, 09/23/2009 - 6:42am.

it's much more difficult to come up with the $$$ to buy it. Ironically, sometimes greene space gets donated when an agreement is reached with a developer. Oh the Irony!!

I like some of her ideas though, I will say that.

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Wed, 09/23/2009 - 6:49pm.

Her answers on how to fund those ideas would be helpful.
Beth??? You out there?

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Submitted by SPQR on Wed, 09/23/2009 - 8:16pm.

you're going to love Beth. Heh Heh just wait.

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Thu, 09/24/2009 - 6:44am.

I sense some sarcasm and I have never met her, so I'm just guessing - is she a dedicated enviornmentalist whacko or just a clueless do-gooder?

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Submitted by SPQR on Thu, 09/24/2009 - 10:15am.

Beth is competent, intelligent, strong, motivated and maybe a good choice for Council. As the only female she's probably a shoo in. Like many politicians she appears to be very enamored of power and it use. She will be very interesting on the council but more so when she is mayor.

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Thu, 09/24/2009 - 6:23pm.

And Beth, you can chime in any time and I wish you would. The original question - which you have not yet answered - is How do you pay for the $4million greenspace acquisition and how much in taxes will it cost the average family in PTC. My estimate is $500 per year, but I'll leave it up to you sinceit is your idea.

So, SPQR (what's that stand for by the way?)
Is Beth cool or a whacko? And the words "interesting on council" could mean good, bad or entertaining. Which is it?

We just elected PREZBO who is certainly "interesting" and that is not the kind of interesting we need in PTC.

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Submitted by SPQR on Fri, 09/25/2009 - 8:32am.

In my estimation BP is definitely not a "whacko" She just promotes a populist type agenda. The characteristics I enumerated could apply to either Margaret Thatcher or Hillary Clinton. Since we can only speculate about what's in her head we'll have to wait and see where she land between those two extremes. SPQR goes back to the Roman empire.

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Submitted by The Prince on Thu, 09/24/2009 - 7:58pm.

From her website it sounds as if she is a fan of raising taxes to pay for the government's crazy expenditures. If I recall I believe she was a big fan of raising the Mil. ?!

Post 1 is going to be interesting. I hear Dar has qualified!

"It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both."

-Machiavelli, The Prince

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Submitted by mudcat on Thu, 09/24/2009 - 8:08pm.

You write like him too. Congrats on your newest identity.

Dar has not qualified because he is not qualified for anything except dreamboat - and he's my dreamboat. What a bod!

I'm trying to replace Bonkers here. How am I doing?

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Submitted by ptctaxpayer on Fri, 09/25/2009 - 6:16am.

Were Mudcat's sexual advances rebuffed by Steve Brown, or what? Or do ya feel intellectually abused and ill equipped? Of all the many politicians in PTC to have come and gone to take a shot at it's funny how yer focused on Brown. I don't care. You just sound like Glenn Close in "Fatal Attraction" (or my first wife). What happened there, Mudcat?

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Submitted by mudcat on Fri, 09/25/2009 - 6:47am.

The lack of respect I have for the brown clown comes from the simple fact that it was always about him (and still is) and his arrogance defintely hurt the city. The feud with Greg Dunn, the illegal building moratorium, the lecturing of DOT, firing Basinger, Williams and Lindsey and the attack on Tom Farr all hurt the city's image and economy. He was enabled by some clueless idiots for sure, but the real people and voters in PTC saw right through him. In many ways he was like our current one-term President.

Other politicians - sure many made mistakes, some were even dishonest, but all except the brown clown knew they were serving the city or county or state and made some effort at problem solving and consensus building - like a pubic servant is supposed to do. The brown clown's only attempt at consensus building was with Rapson, Weed and for a short time - Tennant. Their motives were not pure.

Now then, can anyone blame me for my Dar fantasies? He's my soft, curly fair-haired boy toy.

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Submitted by ptctaxpayer on Fri, 09/25/2009 - 7:57am.

You win, Mudcat the aspiring Cougar. I'll send ya a gift wrapped pack of D-cell batteries.

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Submitted by mudcat on Tue, 09/29/2009 - 7:06pm.

What do I need with a pack of batteries?

Submitted by MYTMITE on Fri, 09/25/2009 - 11:07am.

through her midlife crisis--her hormones are out of balance and she confuses hot flashes with fits of passion. In a year or two, if she is lucky, all that will pass and she will realize that what she thought was lust was only a life change (or change of life?) thingy. Just as well as Dar seems to love no one but himself. Mudcat would have to fight him for the mirror constantly and that muscle flexing would get old very fast. Besides, a mushy Mudcat is too shocking for some of our systems.

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Submitted by mudcat on Fri, 09/25/2009 - 6:38pm.

Look good in jeans too.

Don't know what a mushy mudcat would be like, but we are not gonna find out.

Leave my dreamboat alone. My mirror is his mirror. Have you seen his pecs? Up close? Touched his curly blond hair? Oh, oh, oh my. Where is Meg Ryan (you know, Sally - the one who met Harry) when you need her.

Submitted by MYTMITE on Fri, 09/25/2009 - 10:35pm.

as in, like you know, like a teenager, like you know, with a crush, like you know, with the football player. Must be overbundance of something cause you are usually anything but gushy or mushy. If Dar has you gasping for breath, why would you need Sally?--she liked Harry
so unless you wanted to take moaning lessons she would be of no use to you. So you think Dar is a doll-well, you know the definition of a doll, don't you? An empty-headed plaything. May be what you want in your dreams, but I sure don't want him for my mayor. Why not take him away to some deserted island and keep him out of our election?

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Submitted by ptctaxpayer on Fri, 09/25/2009 - 5:03pm.

Mudcat has me sleeping with the lights on. Check out the "Fatal Attraction" trailer. I love where the detective says "By now she probably has it out or her system" to which Michael Douglas replies "But what if she doesn't?".....http://www.spike.com/video/fatal-attraction/2673474

Submitted by jevank on Thu, 09/24/2009 - 8:23pm.

"Dar has not qualified because he is not qualified for anything except dreamboat - and he's my dreamboat. What a bod!"

I just threw up a little.

Submitted by MYTMITE on Thu, 09/24/2009 - 11:32pm.

Let's hope that was one of Mudcat's attempts at humor. We certainly do not need him on council--body or not. Maybe Mudcat can adopt him and take him out of our hair. If he got elected the first thing he would try to push is that rink-fitness center--out of the goodness of his heart and for the good of the community of course --because it would not bring him anything financially--wink, wink.

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Submitted by mudcat on Fri, 09/25/2009 - 3:56am.

How much older do you have to be to officially be a Cougar? I think I'm only about 10 years older than Dar, but that seems ok.

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Submitted by Git Real on Fri, 09/25/2009 - 4:45pm.

Mudcat... you naughty kitty you. Shocked

Remember...this is about leadership, fiscal responsibility and hopefully responsible government. Not about you.... errrrr... ummmmm.... Oh nevermind. Stop purring in public. Git a room. Eye-wink

Obama.... The Bernie Madoff Of Washington

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Submitted by mudcat on Mon, 09/28/2009 - 4:28am.

Lady writes a serious letter and you all get sidelined talking about my fantasy man - who won the Dragon Boat Race yesterday - so there.

Beth is definitely a serious candidate for City Council and her ideas have merit. I actually do support her and the other ladies running for council.

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