City Council of Peachtree City
<br />Meeting Minutes
<br />Thursday, January 6, 2022
<br />6:30 p.m.
<br />The Mayor and Council of Peachtree City met in regular session on Thursday, January 6, 2022.
<br />Councilman Mike King called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. Others attending: Kim Learnard,
<br />Gretchen Caola, Frank Destadio, and Phil Prebor.
<br />Oath of Office Mayor and Council
<br />Georgia Supreme Court Justice Carla McMillian administered the oath of office to new Mayor
<br />Learnard and Council members Caola and Destadio.
<br />Election and Oath of Office of Mayor Pro -Tem
<br />Prebor nominated King to serve as Mayor Pro -Tem. Destadio seconded. Motion carried unanimously.
<br />Terry Ernst, the former Mayor Pro -Tem Ernst, administered the oath of office.
<br />Learnard said she wanted to acknowledge the service and accomplishments of former Council
<br />members Ernst and Kevin Madden, along with former Mayor Vanessa Fleisch. Madden served on
<br />Council for four years, she noted, with deep heart and love for the community. Ernst served for eight
<br />years and was also retired from the military and the Peachtree City Police Department. She stated
<br />that he never separated his beliefs regarding what do and who you are and brought deep personal
<br />commitments to what he did. Fleisch was Mayor for eight years after serving four years as a member
<br />of Council. Learnard pointed out that they could see the results of Fleisch's work every time they
<br />looked at Drake Field or noted a rise in their property values. Learnard asked the audience to thank
<br />them all for a job very well done.
<br />Learnard also stated that municipal elections were non-partisan in Georgia, and that she was not
<br />endorsed by any political party. Her election, she said, showed that the views of most Peachtree City
<br />residents were not for right or far left, but in the middle. She requested that they work past the
<br />divisiveness of the campaign and move toward responsible, forward -thinking governance. They all
<br />wanted a safe and prosperous community with a culture of trust and respect where they looked after
<br />one another.
<br />The Mayor went on to say she looked forward to working with this knowledgeable Council, noting
<br />that Caola brought useful skills and that Destadio served many years on the Planning Commission.
<br />She stated she had worked with King and Prebor when she was on the Council and respected both
<br />as community leaders and as friends. The new Mayor said this was a highly qualified group with
<br />integrity, and she foresaw that they could overcome divides and nurture a community where their
<br />children and grandchildren would want to live.
<br />Announcements, Awards, Special Recognition
<br />Public Comment
<br />Suzanne Brown called for Council to open their meetings with a one -minute prayer, stating that if it
<br />was suitable for the U.S. House and Senate, it should be the practice in Peachtree City.