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Planterra/54 Intersection

Who does this benefit?


There are already two eastbound turn lanes from Walmart onto 54.


On the Planterra Way side, does this do anything other than encourage cut through traffic?


Am I missing something after all the bragging and empty promises about the Green-T at Line Creek?

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Election Issues: WASA and Taxes

Two articles in The Citizen July 26th edition warrant comment.

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Animal Shelter

This has become a major issue and my wife and I are angry about it.


Read about it here and here.

Here is my position:

This is a long standing issue. I had to contend with it as Mayor.

We need a new facility, partnership with animal groups, all adopted pets spayed or neutered, for wild cats the spay/neuter release program to stop reproduction, better laws to handle people who do not handle their pets properly, expand the volunteer dog walkers program and more aggressive public education.

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Brown on WASA


As far as running for office goes, Steve did run on term limits.


I will kick in as well, my current plan is to run for District 3 next year.


Some other food for thought on WASA is:


State Law for sewers run by a government and by an authority are very, very different. So that needs to be factored in when making a decision. The costs and requirements are not the same.


As well, the 200 foot State Law that strips the ability to deny a sewer connection. It can turn sewer loose in the County and out of County.


Just saying be careful.

Edit to add:

Dissolve WASA and create a new authority.  One that is required to get council approval for anything going outside the city.


Dan Cathy brags about creating a new urban city called Pinewood Forrest.  He wants to bring density to Fayette.  Wants to bring mass transit.

Fayetteville wants the commission to allow sewer into the county.

People did not move here for urban living. But giving Wasa, Cathy and Fayetteville will turn us into a county like Cobb and Gwinett.

Steve Brown said, "If the leadership is unwilling to address our most important local issues and offer significant solutions, then significant changes in leadership are required. It makes no sense to go speeding down a road that we know dead-ends in a steep cliff." to which I agree.

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Clayton 2012 54 Corridor Zoning

Please note how this ties in with the TSPLOST and ARC plans also posted on this website. As well the current widening of 54.


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Campaign Support and contact Info.

I am getting support for running for District 3 next year.

Brown said he was not running again.

One even wanted to do financial support.

Legally, I cannot accept money until I file a DOI. Not sure if I can even file that before the qualifying period.


Plus for $101.00 and more, the donor, date, and address must be repoirted. But  not for anything less.

To contact me, here is my contact info:


7 Dover Trail
Peachtree City, GA 30269
(sometimes people want to share things on paper, etc.)

Let me know how you feel about issues, etc.


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Brown Traffic Claims

As has been stated several times before, GDOT will be widening highway 54 and McDonough Road.

   At the February 23 Commission Meeting Commissioner Brown took issue with the widening. 

   You can watch that agenda item here starting at 1:56:30. You can also readThe Citzen and Fayette County News coverage.

   I am not going to restate everything said, but there are some additional details.

   I was a Councilman when they widened 74 through Peachtree City.  GDOT did not consult with us nor care when objections were made by the citizens.  When we proposed changes they would answer us. But did not respond to demands

   The County was silent because it was not in their jurisdiction, just as this widening is not County.

   In this widening the county utility lines will be moved either by the County or by GDOT, who then will bill the County.  There's nothing Brown can do to stop it.

   It will impact Fayetteville, Peachtree City and the county portions of 54 in-between. The 54 widening goes from Jonesboro to McDonough Road.  That in turn connects to the already widened 54 from Fayetteville all the way into Coweta.

   Note Brown does not talk about Peachtree City.  Even though he is the District Three Commissioner from Peachtree City. Very disappointing.

   He displayed ARC maps and talked about what this would do to 54, but only as related to Fayetteville.

   Why is that?  Is it because as Mayor of Peachtree City he wholeheartedly supported the widening of 54 through Peachtree City?  In spite of being repeatedly warned it would create a developer corridor, which it did.

   He blames the 54 congestion on prior administrations who rezoned industrial to residential.

   Further, the retail development in West Village was done when he was Mayor.  At which time he did handshake agreements, not written ones.  Unfortunately, developers did not live up to those agreements, which shows he does not understand Land Planning as he keeps claiming.

   He also said when he was Mayor, the only solution to the 74/54 intersection was the split grade proposed with him in the lead, in 2004.

   In 2009 Counci rejected that plan.  It destroyed The Avenues, Westpark and Marketplace. As well, once traffic exits the intersection, 74 and 54 still would still have the same number of cars and the same congestion issue. He tries to claim widening 54 didn't cause any congestion and now blames the Green T.  

   Brown also claims the fixes at 74/I-85 will fix the traffic issues on 74, including 74/54. But that is false. The same amount of traffic will be on 74. Much of it from Coweta.


   GDOT says that the proposal I put on the table for ramps from Fischer to I-85 will give Peachtree City a lot of traffic relief.  Brown says it is not gonna happen because Coweta does not want it.

   Well, GDOT owns I-85 and the land where the ramps would go.  So Coweta could not prevent it.

   So who is Brown representing, District 3 and Fayette or Coweta? After all, Coweta is a major source of the congestion.

   I have met with GDOT and have never seen evidence for his claimed great relationship with them,  or with Fairburn.

   Where is the representation of District Three by Brown?  Sure seems to me he he is far more concerned with what Coweta wants than us.  That he is far more concerned with his power and status than anything else.
   Distict Three deserves better.


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Some Historical Review

In looking for something else I stumbled across this from 2013.
No, Fairburn was not willing to work with us, as is easy to see what they are building in that area. Again Brown making false claims.
If Coweta did not want the ramps he would not support them?
Reality check here, who was and is he representing? Fayette or Coweta?
Plus GDOT said the ramps are a good idea and something they would look at after 74/I-85 interchange was complete.
Now he is bogged down with the widening of 54 and McDonough Rd. Neither of which we can stop since they are State Roads with McDonough destined ti be a highway.
Plus he is worried about how 54 will be dealt with through Fayetteville and wants the County to intervene.
I was a Councilman when 74 was widened through PTC. So, I can tell you what happens in Fayetteville is their concern, not the County's, and GDOT will tell Fayetteville what is going to happen, not ask.
Next election, someone who actually represents District 3 and Fayette needs to be elected. Right now all we have is someone playing power games for his own benefit.
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SR 74 Study

Steve Brown brags about his role in the creation of the SR 74 Gateway Coalition.

I just want people to be aware it has actually accomplished nothing but talk.

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Letter to Editor: 54/74 Intersection

Once again the intersection of Ga. highways 74 and 54 has attracted attention and is in the news.


GDOT has proposed what they called a Continuous Flow Intersection to be built in 2020. Why this sudden willingness to work on the intersection?


The answer is simple: law requires every 10 years a new Transportation Plan be submitted and approved. The last was in 2010. I was part of that effort in 2008 and 2009.


At that time they proposed a split grade intersection with ramps — a disastrous plan that would have destroyed all three shopping centers and not solved the congestion in Peachtree City.


We on council voted no and the offers went away until now.


The key for GDOT is the federal government pays 80 percent of the costs. That is why GDOT proposed this plan and wants Peachtree City to pay $1 million. That is 20 percent of the $5 million total cost.


I call this new proposal the Non-Continuous Continuous Flow Intersection. That is because you have to stop. There’s nothing continuous about it. It adds lanes and two traffic lights. It makes ingress and egress to the shopping centers even harder and more complicated to navigate.


Go to donhaddix.com. There you will find an enlarged drawing of the plan that makes all the details much clearer and two animations that demonstrate how this type of intersection

works. Study those and you’ll see reaching your destination gets more difficult, not easier. Figure out exactly how you will get in and out of the shopping areas compared to now.

Notice nothing changes outside the intersection. So all the traffic issues on hwys. 54 and 74 remain the same.


Add to that, whenever the lights are retimed, as is currently GDOT’s answer, it gets harder to get on and off of the side streets. That is due to the increase in delay times on the side streets.


GDOT has long agreed with me there are no fixes within Peachtree City.


GDOT has also said MacDuff will probably make traffic worse, not better, as council claims.


GDOT liked my proposal to add ramps to Fischer from I-85 and agreed it would give significant relief by providing northbound traffic from Coweta with an alternative route that does not include Peachtree City.


Vanessa Fleisch, Kim Learnard and Eric Imker refused to back it.


Then Fleisch, Learnard, Mike King and Terry Ernst wasted around $300,000 on studies and plans that were useless. They refused to heed warnings about what we had learned in 2008 and 2009.


This council has acted as if they were the first to take these issues seriously and that they are smarter than anyone else. They claimed GDOT would pay for it all.


I said GDOT would not approve or pay for any of it, which has proven to be the case.


Just look at what that council did at Line Creek and on MacDuff to understand they have no idea what they’re doing.


Imker has also done damage. But that is a topic for another day.


With the holidays upon us Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah. Wishing you and yours all the best.

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The Citizen: 2020 54/74 Reconstrucion


Peachtree City's Hwys. 54-74 intersection to be reconstructed in 2020



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Enhanced 54/74 Drawing

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Non-Continuous Flow Video 1

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Non-Continuous Flow Video 2

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