Fayette County

Fayette BoE’s FY 2012 budget relies on $16.4M reserves to plug deficit hole

They had talked about the Fayette County School System’s $186.66 million FY 2012 budget that takes effect July 1 for weeks, so the June 21 meeting came down to a 3-0 vote to approve, taken with no comments. The $186.66 million expenditures portion of the General Fund budget recommended by Superintendent Jeff Bearden carries a revenue estimate of $170.2 million, a deficit of $16.4 million. Read More»

PTC shifts more money to tree removal

Storms knocked down bigger trees that require contractor aid

Since Peachtree City had spent its entire budgeted amount for contracted tree removal, the City Council agreed to shift more funding to cover the rest of the year.

Last week council voted to shift $28,000 in city reserves, which also covers some $8,000 in street supplies that had already been shifted towards the tree removal instead. Read More»

Qualifying time for Coweta city elections just around the corner

Qualifying for city council elections in the cities of Coweta County is a couple of months away. Qualifying for the Nov. 8 election will begin in late August for seats in Senoia, Sharpsburg, Palmetto and Newnan.

Senoia will have qualifying for the two city council seats held by Bobby Graham and Maurice Grover. The qualifying fee is $90 for the at-large election to be held on Nov. 8.

Qualifying dates will be held Aug. 29 through Sept. 1 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and on Sept. 2 from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Read More»

Fayette Commission in 3-to-2 vote says ‘no’ to referendum on shifting sales tax

A majority of the Fayette County Board of Commissioners refused Thursday night to allow a fall referendum in which voters could choose whether to divert remaining transportation sales tax funds as proposed by Commissioner Steve Brown.

Brown’s presentation came immediately before the commission’s public hearing on the budget after the board decided to handle Brown’s presentation first.

Ultimately the proposal was voted down by commissioners Herb Frady, Lee Hearn and Robert Horgan. Only Brown and Commissioner Allen McCarty voted in favor of the referendum. Read More»

Fayette County law enforcement arrest reports — June 14 – June 20

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the past week. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty:

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office

Tuesday, June 14 – Monday, June 20

Trent Trevon Alston, 23, of Inman Road, Hampton, for bench warrant.

Lasheretan Frazier, 21, of Delwood Court, Montgomery, Ala., for driving with suspended license and expired/no license plate/decal.

Ricardo Aris Nicoleau, 19, of Porter Road, Fayetteville, for headlight violation and driving with suspended license. Read More»

Dr. Edgar Lee Bolin, Jr., D.C., 80, of Fayetteville

Dr. Edgar Lee Bolin, Jr., D.C., died Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at Piedmont Fayette Hospital.

A native of Sumter, SC, he was born August 5, 1930. Dr. Bolin grew up in Savannah, GA, and as a child attended Massey Elementary School, 38th Street School, and graduated from Savannah High School in 1948. He attended Armstrong Jr. College in Savannah, George Washington University in Washington, DC, and graduated from Palmer Chiropractic College in Davenport, IA. Read More»

F’ville man arrested for public indecency

A Fayetteville man was charged June 20 with public indecency after being reported for exposing himself in his vehicle in the parking lot of the Kroger grocery store on South Glynn Street in Fayetteville.

Fayetteville Police spokesperson Steve Crawshaw said 45-year-old Alan Ponder was charged with public indecency and possession of a controlled substance.

Crawshaw said a couple had exited the grocery store at approximately 2 p.m. and were putting groceries in their vehicle. The couple said they witnessed Ponder masturbating in his vehicle and called police, Crawshaw said. Read More»

F’ville looks at easing costs of new development

Fayetteville wants to make it less expensive for new development in the city.

The Fayetteville City Council on June 16 heard the first reading of two ordinance revisions that would reduce or waive sewer proportionate fees or impact fees or establish payment plans for economic development activities that would benefit the city. Read More»

F’ville awarded $400K for Hwy. 54W cart path system, hospital crossing

It will take a while but a $400,000 federal award from the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) will bring sidewalks, multi-use paths and a re-worked pedestrian crossing in the area of Piedmont Fayette Hospital and Togwotee Village on Ga. Highway 54 West and on to the Lester Road residential area to the south. Read More»

F’ville Council readies $9.41 million budget, eyes cut, drop in tax digest

The $9.41 million FY 2012 General Fund budget posted for a first reading June 16 by the Fayetteville City Council represents a smaller budget beginning in August and takes into account a projected 6 percent drop in the local tax digest. Expected to be adopted on July 21, the budget continues the city’s longtime cost-cutting measures.

The good news in the budget is the anticipation that sales tax revenues will increase slightly next year. The bad news is that the continuing local recession is expected to trim another 6 percent off the city’s tax digest numbers. Read More»

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