New mayor, 2 new council members take office tonight in Peachtree City

Kim Learnard
Kim Learnard

A night of firsts tonight at the Peachtree City Council.

Georgia Supreme Court Justice Carla McMillian — who lives in Tyrone — will administer the oath of office to Peachtree City’s second-ever (and consecutive) woman mayor, Kim Learnard.

It marks the first time a sitting member of the state’s high court has sworn in a Peachtree City council member.

Learnard is one of three newly elected members of the council to take their oaths of office, along with Post 3’s Gretchen Caola, a political newcomer, and Post 4’s Frank Destadio, a long-time volunteer member of the city’s Planning Commission. Learnard has served two prior terms as a member of the council.

Judge Carla Wong McMillian.
Judge Carla Wong McMillian.

The three represent a new voting majority on a council that regularly produced unanimous  5-to-0 votes on most items before them for several years.

Missing from the dais tonight are Vanessa Fleisch, term-limited after two terms as mayor and previous service as a council member, two-term member Terry Ernst, and one-term member Kevin Madden. Madden lost to first-timer Caola in the November city election, and Ernst ran unsuccessfully for mayor.

The newly reconstituted council meets tonight at City Hall at 6:30 p.m.

One of the first items on the agenda is a 

Gretchen Caola
Gretchen Caola

Here’s the agenda:

Peachtree City Council meeting agenda for JANUARY 6, 2022, 6:30 p.m.

I. Call to Order

II. Pledge of Allegiance

III. Oath of Office Mayor and Council

IV. Election and Oath of Office of Mayor Pro-Tem

V. Announcements, Awards, Special Recognition

VI. Public Comment

VII. Agenda Changes

Frank Destadio. Photo/Cal Beverly.
Frank Destadio

VIII. Minutes

1. December 16, 2021 Council Meeting Minutes

2. December 16, 2021 Executive Session Minutes

IX. Consent Agenda

1. Resolution #01062022-CA1 Indemnification of Public Officials

2. Legal Organ – Fayette County News

3. Renewal of Insurance Brokerage Services

4. Appointment of Public Facilities Authority Board Members

5. FY2022 Budget Amendment- 3 Additional Public Service Employees

X. Old Agenda Items

12-21-05 Compensation/Classification/Benefits Study Evaluation and Analysis (Rorie)

XI. New Agenda Items

01-22-01 Appointment of Fayette County Board of Health Member- Julie Grebeck (Learnard)

01-22-02 Award Bid for the Purchase of Police Vehicle Accessories (Moon)

XII. Public Hearings

01-22-03 POSTPONED Public Hearing – Rezoning Request – From GI to GR – 6.6 acres on North MacDuff Parkway Adjacent to Cresswind Subdivision (Cailloux). Applicant has requested to table this matter. Brent West Village, LLC, the Applicant, is requesting the rezoning of 6.4 acres from GI General Industrial to LUR Limited Use Residential to allow construction of 34 townhomes.

01-22-04 Public Hearing – Variance Request – Watershed Buffer – 169 Interlochen Drive


XIII. Council/Staff Topics

XIV. Executive Session

XV. Adjourn


  1. First up:

    Please paint over the horrible flowers painted on the Best Buy tunnel.

    This is not an urban city town.

    Whoever funded and agreed to this it was a horrible decision.

    If you like that and want to turn PTC into an urban city feel then you get what comes with that!!!!!!