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Town Hall Meeting Minutes <br />Recreation <br />Saturday, February 5, 2022 <br />9 a.m. <br />Mayor Kim Learnard thanked everyone for attending. She thanked Recreation and Special Events <br />Director Quinn Bledsoe, City Manager Jon Rorie, City Clerk Yasmin Julio, and IT Specialist Stephen <br />Shelton for coming in on a Saturday morning. Council members Frank Destadio, Mike King, and Phil <br />Prebor were also present. <br />The Mayor recalled that during her eight years as a Council member, they disbanded the Recreation <br />Commission, which she felt was the right thing to do, but now seemed to be a good time to assess the <br />current situation in recreation. The parks and recreational amenities were what made Peachtree City a <br />standout. They wouldn't solve anything today, Learnard continued, but Council needed to be good <br />listeners, and this input from citizens would help them decide what steps to take going forward. <br />Council had control over the annual budget, and there was a committee meeting now that would <br />propose projects to be funded through the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). In <br />November, potentially, voters would see the countywide SPLOST on the ballot. If the majority of <br />Peachtree City voters approved it, it would probably pass, and they would have that sales tax money <br />to spend on local projects. <br />Learnard said she looked forward to hearing what the citizens had to say and hoped this meeting <br />would be constructive and positive. <br />BMX Track Director Shayne Robinson said she served on the Peachtree City Recreation Board for 10 <br />years, and had also served on the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Board, and the Fayette <br />County Transportation Board for five years. BMX was where her heart was, though, she said. They <br />started racing at the track six weeks ago, and numbers were up. They averaged 100 to 1 10 riders every <br />weekend, with about 500 people at the track. Two big events were coming up this year. Regional <br />Qualifiers were March 25-26, and they were working with a hotel on that. State Qualifiers would also be <br />here. She said she worked closely with Bledsoe and her staff and thanked them. <br />Lights were a concern for some people there, but Robinson said the lights were the best thing that had <br />ever happened for BMX. Because it was pay as you go, a lot of local parents who did not get off work <br />early could bring their kids at night. The lights were 42 years old, so the price was just $2 an hour, she <br />remarked. It also meant less vandalism. They had had nothing but positive feedback. There were times <br />when they worked through the night to slurry the track. If she needed lights, she reached out to the <br />City for extra time, Robinson related. They had invested in their own security cameras and had five. This <br />contributed to the decrease in vandalism and also could monitor the dog park. <br />Robert Sanford said he was president of both AFC Soccer and Lazer Soccer. They were bouncing back <br />from the pandemic, and he expected about 3,500 players from youth, travel, and adult for spring and <br />fall and a smaller group for summer. He explained that they shared organization with Fayette County <br />for the travel side of youth soccer. <br />He said he had been doing this for about 15 years. The fields were in great shape, and the facilities <br />looked the best they had ever looked, but there were still drainage problems at the Peachtree City <br />Athletic Complex (PAC) and Glenloch. After heavy rains, those fields could take weeks to dry. Their <br />dream was to one day get some kind of turf option in Peachtree City to bring them in line with nearby <br />communities. <br />