PTC to ax 2 employees; enact major reorganization?

City Manager proposal added to tonight's City Council agenda

Tonight (June 16) the Peachtree City Council will consider eliminating two high-ranking positions in the leisure services division as part of a sweeping reorganization of city staff proposed by City Manager Jim Pennington.

The proposal is to eliminate the positions held by Director of Leisure Services, Randy Gaddo and Recreation Facilities Manager Scott Christopher.

The items were added to the city council agenda Wednesday afternoon as news began leaking out of the proposal.

Also among the recommended changes:
• The Peachtree City Library would fall under the Administrative Services Division at City Hall; currently it is part of the Leisure Services Division;
• The parks crew and the building and maintenance personnel at the Kedron Fieldhouse and the city amphitheater, currently part of Leisure Services, will report to the city’s Public Services Division (public works);
• The recreation, special events and amphitheater functions will be combined with planning and zoning under a new Community Services Division that will replace the existing Community Development Division. It is not immediately known who will had up the new Community Services Division;
• The engineering department, currently in the Community Development Division, will be moved to the Public Services Division;
• The positions of housing code official and parks monitor will be combined with the two existing code enforcement officers operating as part of the police department; and
• The position of community development director, currently held by David Rast, will be reclassified as the planning and zoning administrator; this position includes the duties of the city planner;

The item was added to the City Council agenda for tonight’s meeting late Wednesday afternoon after City Manager Pennington met the day before with the departments and employees involved as well as presidents of the various athletic associations who work hand-in-hand with the recreation department.

Council’s decision on the matter is needed to occur in time for the city’s budget workshops that start Monday at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, officials said.

“The changes have to be incorporated at that time to have meaningful conversations about the 2012 budget,” Vrana said.
Vrana also noted that the city in 2009 authorized a reduction in workforce in 2009, but not before the decision was put off for a month.

“The public debate and the month-long wait made it even more difficult for the employees who ultimately lost their jobs,” Vrana said.
Pennington, in a press release, said the reorganization will help bring the city closer to a goal to “streamline our operation and function as a high-performance organization.”

Pennington noted that in his first three months on the job, he has observed a “discontinuity among the city’s divisions.”

roundabout
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Since the money is not going....

.....to be coming in I am glad to see a start to cutting headcounts.

Of course this cut is not nearly enough to meet this and next years budgeted income without raising taxes, so more should have been included.

Doing this over several times just hurts morale much longer.

There is no hope of the economy getting better anytime soon. Still too much left-over debt, job losses, bank failures, re-possessions, foreclosures, and loans.

Now may be the time to allow all the banks that need to fail to fail!

More cuts must also be made in prettiness, police, firemen, supervisors, new equipment, pensions, health insurance, and sale of assets.

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Evidence?

"Of course this cut is not nearly enough to meet this and next years budgeted income without raising taxes...".

I'd like to know what tangible evidence/facts you're using to make this statement. Do you have access to or know something about the full budget numbers for next year?

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Well, we keep budgeting more than is collected---I doubt that will change.

As to income, houses are not going to go up over te next two years in value for taxes.
Money from the state and federal usully collected is done increasing for for some time. They have stated that.
Spending will continue to decrease considering inflation and job losses.
Therefore sales taxes will be down.

Benefits for local tax paid employees will continue to rise mostly due to health plans.

Just who do you think will propose a budget significantly less than it is now?

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The last time we eliminated jobs..

services went WAY downhill in my opinion. I think this needs to be looked at VERY hard to all concerned before acting.

I'm still not happy with the way the landscaping/cart paths etc look after letting staff go.

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Oh, please.....

Here we go again - more absurd tampering with staff and organization, just continuing the incredible mess that Bernard McMullen started, and with no logic or reason behind it. You only need to look around you here in PTC to see the result - huge potholes ignored and not patched, grass not cut, litter everywhere, all sorts of ordinances not being enforced. Bernie made such a mess. I guess he left suggestions about how to make it even worse.
And, of course, it's easy to see whose power and influence have grown as a result. Talk about nudging out the competition....

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Ummmm....

"Absurd tampering"? "No logic or reason behind it?"

You do realize that reorganization (downsizing/consolidating departments) and cuts is part of what this city needs to get back on it's financial feet, right? Are you telling me, after the way this city was left as a fiscal abomination by the previous council, you WOULDN'T be in favor of a change of procedure and organization?

I give kudos, as Robert Morgan does below, for them actually addressing the problem.

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This seems to make a lot of sense

New city manager is really paying attention to what is going on and this reorganization seems to make good common sense, probably saves some money and increases efficiency. Not used to seeing government act that way - but give credit where credit is due.

Hope Randy is offered the Community Services position, although David Rast or even Nancy Price would be a better fit - but they probably have to openly advertise the new position and will wind up with an outsider or maybe Kristi Rapson will reappear. This is certainly not directed at Randy or the job he has been doing.

Of course city council has to vote on this. The 3 ladies should carry the day on this one. I will bet that Mr. Haddix will have some micromanagement comments this evening. Could the first clash between mayor and city manager.

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Kristi Rapson? Are you nuts?

She already sued the city once over her previous employment here.

I agree that Randy or David or Nancy would be well qualified for that open Director's job.

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