From: Kim Learnard <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Friday, October 20, 2023 12:01 PM
To: Clint Holland <email@example.com>
Subject: Council Member responsibilities [Editor’s note: bold-face type for emphasis not in original document]
Mr. Holland, I am reaching out today with three goals. First, I wish to document factual information that was shared in our Council meeting last night so there will be no more confusion going forward.
Second, this is to try — for what I hope is the last time — to help you understand the role of City Council members in Peachtree City.
Finally, I sincerely hope that after reading this you will decide to work to regain the shattered trust of your fellow City Council members.
First, as Council Members we have a responsibility to learn and share factual information. We have resources at our fingertips that most Peachtree City citizens do not have, and we owe it to our citizens to speak the truth.
If you don’t know something, ask Bob, myself, Yasmin, or another Council Member. There is no excuse for a City Council member to write the ignorant blather (apartments, urbanization, LCI, tennis center) that you documented in your recent Letter to the Editor.
What you put on display for all to see is that either you don’t know the truth or you have total disregard for the truth. Either is reprehensible.
This brings me to my second point, and I have already verbalized this to you very clearly: We as Council members do not post Letters to the Editor in The Citizen.
Posting in that forum is a public display of division and partisanship. You will notice that I do not post in The Citizen, even as your pals bully me on a weekly basis.
In any given week, one or two vile, disgusting liars use The Citizen as a platform to make false and outrageous accusations about me, lie shamelessly about me and our City, and put on public display the kind of anger and negativity that would make any family or business considering moving to Peachtree City turn elsewhere.
The fact that you have not refuted, or corrected, or set the record straight, or defended your own City Council team speaks volumes about your lack of professionalism.
If you have legitimate information to share, bring it to Bob and Yasmin to discuss the best way to use city communications channels to share that information.
And if it isn’t legitimate enough for them to share through city channels, it doesn’t belong in print. You are supposed to be showing our citizens that you are part of a team and that we are unified in reaching the goals of the city as our only priority.
Now for the factual information as I shared last night. I sincerely hope you understand it and will promote the facts instead of misinformation…
Apartments: Other than senior living at Somerby and Hearthside, no apartments have been built in more than 20 years. No apartments are planned. No apartment proposals are in the pipeline. Nobody on Council and nobody running for Council wants more apartments in Peachtree City.
Two years ago, I enumerated the number of apartments in Peachtree City at 1760 units; that’s approximately 14 percent of our households. The national average is 15 percent. You might say we are at equilibrium. No apartments are coming to Peachtree City.
LCI: Livable Centers Initiative is a joint project between a municipality and the ARC. Municipalities favor LCI’s because the ARC has vast resources, and because it means federal dollars can be leveraged for the project.
Three years ago, long before I took office as Mayor, the previous Council entered into an LCI agreement to do a Marketing study of the 54West corridor and beyond. The study was done, but nothing moved forward after that and the project died on the vine in 2020. To be clear, the LCI ended in 2020. Three years ago. That’s two years before I took office as Mayor.
Tennis Center: The Peachtree City Tennis Center is a jewel in the crown of our recreation facilities and it is renowned throughout the southeast US as a quality facility. We host several college and pro events ever year, drawing thousands of visitors who stay in our hotels, and shop and dine here.
We are currently spending thousands of dollars to address deferred maintenance, and upgrade the facility floors, lighting, and bathroom facilities. We have fixed the flooding problem and turned the lower level of the main building into nice offices, where we could move some of our Administrative staff. We continue to invest in improvements. The tennis center is here to stay. It is not going anywhere and it is not at risk.
Urbanization: Peachtree City is a master planned community with a very responsible Comprehensive Plan. The last Comp Plan Update was done in 2022, led by a citizen committee. The hysterics surrounding allegations of “urbanization” are intentionally misleading. We all moved here for the villages, the paths, the greenspace and the careful planning, and that’s the way it’s going to stay.
Huddleston Road: I have actually seen the email from a PTC citizen to the Planterra HOA claiming “the city government is discussing the possibility of building multi-family housing complexes on Huddleston Road.”
We are not and that is a bald faced lie. As we polled on Council last night, none of us wants residential on Huddleston Road and none of us will entertain any conversations about residential on Huddleston Road.
That being said, we will soon run sewer, stormwater and new golf cart path to support the existing businesses and industries on that corridor and make the entire area safer.
Again, Clint, I sincerely hope you will work to regain the shattered trust of your team.
Kim Learnard, Mayor
Peachtree City, Ga.
EDITOR’S NOTE: In a letter to The Citizen in November 2021 from then-candidate Kim Learnard, she wrote, “I am endorsed by three current City Council members and a long list of community leaders across the political spectrum.” Read it here: https://thecitizen.com/2021/11/28/letter-from-kim-learnard-mayoral-election-not-about-partisan-division/