Officials discuss building golf cart trail to PTC
by Sarah Fay Campbell
A possible future golf cart trail connecting Senoia and Peachtree City was a topic of discussion at Monday’s meeting of the Senoia City Council.
In August, the council voted to allocate $12,500 toward the project, which is roughly half the cost of needed engineering work.
“We were told later that month that Coweta County supported the project … however, the county could not assist financially,” said Senoia City Manager Richard Ferry.
The lack of funding from the county poses a challenge. There is a short stretch of unincorporated Coweta County between the Senoia city limits and the Fayette County line.
“It’s very difficult to expend funds outside of your own city limits,” Ferry said.
In October, Peachtree City was waiting on the results of a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax referendum, Ferry said. But the sales tax was rejected. The PTC Council will discuss the trail at its meeting on Thursday, Ferry said.
Ferry showed the council three possible routes — down the east side of Rockaway Road, down the west side of Rockaway Road, and one that would stay off Rockaway altogether and link to the Heritage Pointe subdivision.
There would be no construction in Coweta County on the Heritage Pointe route. However, there would be significantly more construction in Peachtree City, and golf carts would have to travel more than a mile-and-a-half to get out of Heritage Pointe.
Ferry said that sending so much recreational traffic through the subdivision could be a pro or a con. “I’ve heard some people say that it is a big detriment and would devalue property. Others say that’s great, the more people traveling actually deters any kind of crime,” Ferry said.
The right-of-way for the Rockaway Road trail could cut into some front yards of homes near the road, Ferry said.
In the city’s parks and recreation master plan, recreational trails were considered the most used and desired recreational improvements.
“I agree they are desired,” said Councilman Chuck Eichorst. However, he said he thinks the biggest desire is for more trails within the city. “I would think if Peachtree City is not ready and the county is not ready, that we should continue to work” on expanding trails in the city.
“I agree,” said Councilman Maurice Grover.
“There are an awful lot of unknowns,” said Councilman Larry Owens.
Heritage Pointe resident Don Rehman said he would be opposed to the plan to route traffic through his subdivision.
Resident Ken Hazleton said he’s opposed to the Peachtree City path since “we have golf cart paths that we haven’t been able to complete.” The planned path to the Cumberland Village shopping center “is still in process.” There need to be paths to access Senoia’s commercial areas, Hazleton said.
Many residents of Rockaway Road are already driving to Peachtree City when they leave home. “We need to be looking at ways to bring that traffic back into the city and help those good citizens spend their money in Senoia,” Hazleton said.
Mayor Larry Owens said he wants to wait and see what Peachtree City decides and if there is any additional interest from Coweta County. “
It will give us some direction as to which way to go.”