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Municipal Summit Minutes <br />Tuesday, March 22, 2022 <br />9 a.m. <br /> <br />Officials from five Fayette County and three Coweta County municipalities met Tuesday, March 22, <br />2022, for a summit organized by Peachtree City Mayor Kim Learnard. Attendees included from <br />Brooks: Town Clerk Lorey Spohr, Mayor Dan Langford, and Town Manager Maurice Ungaro; from <br />Sharpsburg: Mayor Blue Cole, Town Clerk Floyd Jones, and Council Member Tom Teagle; from <br />Peachtree City: Learnard, Council Members Gretchen Caola and Frank Destadio, and City Ma nager <br />Jon Rorie; from Senoia: Council Member Tracy Brady, Mayor Dub Pearman, City Man ager Harold <br />Simmons; from Newnan: Mayor Keith Brady and City Manager Cleatus Phillips; from Fayetteville: <br />Council Member Joe Clark and Assistant City Manager Alan Jones; from Woolsey: Mayor Gary <br />Laggis; from Tyrone: Mayor Eric Dial; Council Member Melissa Hill, and Town Manager Brandon <br />Perkins. Peachtree City City Clerk Yasmin Julio was also present. <br /> <br />Learnard began by welcoming everyone. She said she believed this sharing of ideas and <br />experiences would be beneficial. It was intentionally limited to municipalities--no county officials. She <br />thanked Julio and Executive Assistant Stacey Collins for making the arrangements. At this summit, <br />Learnard continued, Phillips would talk about recovery from the EF4 tornado that devastated <br />Newnan almost one year ago, and Jones would present information on Fayetteville's new City Hall <br />and City Center complex. <br /> <br />Learnard thanked sponsors Georgia Power and Partners II Pizza. Georgia Power Ar ea Manager Sister <br />Ward said Georgia Power was always available to partner with local municipalities, not just on things <br />that were obvious, such as power outages. Georgia Power had access to a large database that <br />could provide information, and she urged them to contact her if they needed anything. <br /> <br />Newnan Tornado Response <br />Learnard introduced Phillips, recalling that the tornado hit Newnan March 25, 2021, damaging 1,726 <br />homes. She introduced Phillips and said Mayor Brady was expected shortly and could add to the <br />presentation. <br /> <br />Phillips said Newnan, like many cities, prided itself on preparation. About three years ago, they did a <br />tabletop exercise with their Public Safety and Public Works officials and others with the topic of how <br />they should respond if an EF5 tornado struck the city. They never thought a storm of that size would <br />occur. <br /> <br />On the day of the tornado, they knew severe storms had been predicted, so they gassed up the <br />trucks; they made sure the equipment was ready; they sent people home to get some sleep in <br />anticipation of having to get up and go to work in the night. They scattered equipment throughout <br />the city in case some of the streets were blocked with debris. He said he went to bed around 8:30 <br />p.m., and at 11:30, his kids came in and told him there was a tornado warning. Phillips showed a <br />photo of the radar screen that captured the massive storm bearing down on Newnan. He said he <br />picked up the assistant city manager and headed towards downtown. As they neared the heart of <br />the storm, they realized they could not get close to that area. <br /> <br />This EF4 storm packed winds of 170 mph and traveled almost 40 miles, cutting a path about a mile <br />wide through Newnan. He said he got through to the Public Works director who told him they <br />needed help, adding that once Phillips got there, he would see what he meant. Phillips said there