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PTC Council sacks walking sign, vacant home talks

Without explanation, the Peachtree City Council set aside talks on two proposed ordinances “indefinitely” Thursday night.

Council was poised to consider a proposal to ban walking advertisements in city rights of way and in any area visible from a public street.

That proposal was dismissed along with a revamped new ordinance that would require building owners to register their homes with the city when they are vacant. A $200 fee was proposed, and staff had contended the ordinance would help the city keep close tabs on such structures to make sure they are kept up to protect property values.

The vacant strucutre ordinance would have applied to residential, office, commercial and industrial structures. Councilwoman Vanessa Fleisch, who suggested both matters be tabled, first clarified that she would not have to recuse herself from the discussion due to her job as a Realtor.

Since she does not own any vacant property, City Attorney Ted Meeker said Fleisch was free to participate in the discussion and vote on it.

An audience member asked why the proposals were dismissed, and Mayor Don Haddix said, “We’re not privileged to go into that.”

Haddix noted that the proposals could be reconsidered at a later date, or they may not.

Councilwoman Kim Learnard said she was caught by surprise about the dismissal of the proposed walking sign rules.

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Why do we have a city council who is elected to serve and represent us but yet table items that have an impact on our community that we live in? There is no explanation as to why they were tabled except for "we are not privileged to go into that"? I can understand the vacant house issue perhaps needing more research, etc. but the walking sign ordinance??? Whats the delay/ problem with that being discussed? It is an easy vote with minimal discussion I am sure.
Council, listen to your constituents,take a stand on issues, propose an action and implement it. We just got rid of a lame duck city council and I am fearing that the current one is following suit.

Considering there were a pack of about 20 realtors there, all with name tags on, who all got up and walked out with smiles on their faces after that decision, I think you can read between the lines here.

On a completely unrelated note, I'm not sure that our fair City can begin to enforce this law...ie collect the fines they are considering imposing.

Mike King's picture

Collecting these fines woulod be all but impossible. I do have an issue as to the Mayor's response as to why. If it's due to something that has to be addressed in closed session as an example, say so. Otherwise, the perception left for the public is less than desired and certainly unbecoming of open government.

Some are so enlightening on here. To the point of extreme boredom.

Don Haddix's picture

There were issues brought forward by Staff within a half hour of beginning the meeting on the Vacant Homes. I was not going to make a comment from the Dais until we had more time on the issue.

A new tool, not in the City, was found that might render the Vacant Home ordinance unneeded. That will be researched and, if functional, we will incorporate it into our existing structure. If not the Vacant Home ordinance will return.

As for the Realtors the proposed ordinance is legal and the copy and paste email deluge they are still sending us has inaccurate statements in it. Nor was there a response from the key people who got the emails going, which has mainly people not living in PTC, but as far away as Jasper and Savannah. This effort did not have the effect on Council they wanted.

We are paying more attention to those who want increased Code Enforcement because of very real issues and problems. That is why we have been enhancing existing ordinances and are working on enhancing Code Enforcement efforts.

As for the Walking Signs, that one is coming back. There was a procedural error where it had not gone to the Planning Commission first.

<cite><strong>Don Haddix
Peachtree City Mayor</strong></cite>

May 25 10am, City Hall-

Tell me, how much staff time will be taken up with this suck up session to the new controlling force of PTC, now that developers have nothing left to develop here?

And why didn't the Mayor mention this additional waste of our staff time and budget user in his post above? Are these REALTORS being charged a fee by the city to hold this class? And how many of our so-called "Realtors" show up? Or will they continue wasting our city staff time with the above mentioned innacurate statement e-mails? And how does Vanessa Fleish fit into all of this, as these are her special interest complainers.

PTC Observer's picture

All this sounds reasonable to me.

Of course I dress up every Saturday as a walking chicken. Thanks for the oversight by the Planning Commisssion you saved my job.

Now when do we get back to the budget issue and the looming shortfalls?

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