Fayette County

Fayette to discuss library services, stormwater authority and fees today

Among a very busy agenda for its workshop meeting this Wednesday (Aug. 3), the Fayette County Commission will discuss whether it wants to revisit establishing an independent library system for Fayette County.

Currently, the Fayette County, Peachtree City and Tyrone libraries are all part of the Flint River Regional Library System.

But the library system’s recent decision to withdraw funding for Fayette County Library Director Christeen Snell by the end of this year has some questioning what benefit the county gets from its annual contribution to FRRLS. Read More»

PTC family hosts East European orphans

Siblings, Diana, 10, and Roman, 8, enjoy an American Fourth of July celebration. Photo/Special.

A story in a newspaper over five years ago led Don and Debra Shoaf of Peachtree City to New Horizons for Children, an international hosting program for orphaned children, and their hope is that their story will lead others to the same place.

LeAnn Dakake leads a small missions team to orphanages in Eastern Europe each year to look for older children, ages 8-16, who stand little chance of being adopted and would benefit from experiencing life in a loving, stable, Christian family in America. Read More»

All-Republican commission approves countywide tax hike

Cities pushed for relief from 9-1-1 funding obligations

Fayette County residents and businesses will have a new tax on their property tax bills this year.

And they have the municipalities of Fayette County to thank, as the arrangement was brokered after the cities told county officials they no longer wanted to pay their portion of E-9-1-1 center expenses from their general funds. Read More»

McCarty: Instead of stormwater fees, use current SPLOST funds

Fayette County Commissioner Allen McCarty. File photo.

Fayette County Commissioner Allen McCarty says he has a solution that will avoid imposing a new stormwater fee on residents in unincorporated Fayette County.

The $18 million in stormwater projects can be funded with money from the county’s 2003 transportation sales tax, McCarty said at last week’s commission meeting. County staff previously has told the commission such is not possible because the stormwater projects don’t match up with the county’s SPLOST road projects. Read More»

Fayette’s jobless rate at a 20-year peak

The roller-coaster ride called unemployment just hit its highest point in Fayette County in more than two decades. The 9.3 percent jobless rate in June is the highest seen here since 1990. Peachtree City in June also saw a large jump in the jobless rate. Read More»

PTC Mayor Haddix faces almost certain censure from council

Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix (L) and Councilman Eric Imker. File photo.

A dispute over decorum will come to a head at the Peachtree City Council meeting Thursday night with an unprecedented vote to officially censure a sitting mayor.

That’s when council is expected to adopt a resolution formally reprimanding Mayor Don Haddix for criticizing current and former city employees, elected officials and appointed officials.

The resolution also raps Haddix for criticizing several governmental agencies, including the Fayette County Development Authority and the Atlanta Regional Commission, “which has damaged the city’s relationship with those and other agencies.” Read More»

School closings on the table for Fayette School Board

From left, Fayette County Board of Education member Janet Smola and Chairman Bob Todd. Photos/Ben Nelms.

Revenues falling, expenses rising, BoE begins next year’s budget talks now; how about a 4-day school week?

Money is tight, and school enrollment is stagnant or falling. So the Fayette County Board of Education met Aug. 1 to talk about what to do about a shortfall of $9-10 million at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year next July.

Among the ideas to increase revenues: Let out-of-county students pay tuition to attend Fayette schools, plus aggressively rent out school facilities after-hours to churches, civic and other groups. Read More»

Changes to F’ville business park zoning district to be studied

A proposed amendment to the Fayetteville Business Park (BP) zoning district adds a number of new permitted uses that city staff say will help create planned development and related commercial opportunities for the city’s future. The measure will come before the City Council for a vote at the Aug. 4 meeting. Read More»

Olive Garden restaurant approved for F’ville

The area along Ga. Highway 85 just south of the Fayette Pavilion will soon see the beginnings of a second new restaurant approved by the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission in the past few months.

The old Bugaboo Creek restaurant site will soon be demolished to make way for an Olive Garden restaurant. Commissioners in late April also approved a LongHorn Steakhouse one block to the south at the site of the former Johnny Carino’s restaurant. Read More»

F’ville OKs Kroger fuel center

The Kroger grocery store on North Glynn Street in Fayetteville received approval July 26 from the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission to install a fuel center in the area of the parking lot area near Taco Bell and Popeye’s.

Kroger will install a 785 square-foot kiosk building at its Banks Crossing store. The fuel center will include six pump islands with six double-sided fuel dispensers, according to development plans.

The station will be situated in an area of the parking lot between the Taco Bell restaurant to the south and Popeye’s restaurant to the north. Read More»

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