Municipal Summit Minutes
<br />Tuesday, March 22, 2022
<br />9 a.m.
<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 />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 />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 />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 />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 />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 />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