Fayette County

Tyrone's Sen. Chance pushes constitutional spending limit

A Senate resolution cosponsored by Sen. Ronnie Chance of Tyrone would amend the Georgia Constitution to limit state spending based on the previous year’s budget after it is adjusted for inflation and increased population.

The endgame of the “Taxpayer Protection Act of 2011,” however, is a potential elimination of the state income tax, which would be accomplished in future years as excess revenues are directed to savings in the state’s Rainy Day fund. Read More»

Brown opposes Fairburn’s plan for Hwy. 74-I-85 interchange fixes

One of the biggest choke points for commuters in western Fayette County is the interchange where Ga. Highway 74 meets Interstate 85 in Fairburn a short distance across the county line. Read More»

County balks at funding Crosstown-Parkway roundabout

There are several options under consideration to make improvements to the intersection of Peachtree Parkway and Crosstown Road in Peachtree City.

But without a firm one selected by the Peachtree City Council, the Fayette County Commission decided to wait a bit on whether it will fund the project through remaining proceeds from the county’s 2003 transportation sales tax. Read More»

East F’ville Bypass pondered by county

There just might be enough money left from Fayette County’s 2003 Transportation SPLOST to fund right-of-way acquisition for the East Fayetteville Bypass, the county commission was told in a workshop last week.

County Public Works Director Phil Mallon said the right of way cost is projected at $9.2 million but could be substantially lower if the commission decides to use existing roads to avoid the need for a new road segment. Read More»

Fayette Commission retreat has fireworks potential

The annual retreat for the Fayette County Commission will be this Friday and Saturday, starting at 8:30 a.m. each day.

The agenda is wide-ranging, including a host of presentations from the finance department, discussions on transportation projects and remaining transportation SPLOST funding, and an update on the county’s Lake McIntosh reservoir project.

Also on the agenda is an update on negotiations between the county and municipalities on a new intergovernmental agreement for operating the emergency 911 center. Read More»

F’ville set to change a few zoning definitions

The Fayetteville City Council last week heard the first reading of proposed amendments to portions of the Planned Community Development (PCD) and Downtown Commercial District (C-1) zoning codes. Essentially a change in language, the proposal follows recommendations from a 2009 audit of the city’s planning and development goals. Read More»

Fayette seniors rally at Capitol against possible budget cuts

From left: Anita Terry-McDonald, Lynn Manning, Karen Stephens, John Thompson, and Linda Pirog rallied for older adults at the Be There 4 Seniors event at the state capitol. Photo/Special.

Several members of the Fayette Senior Advocacy Council and other local supporters joined more the 600 senior citizen advocates Jan. 31 for the “Be There 4 Seniors Rally” at the state Capitol. The rally was held to protest possible budget cuts, such as the Meals On Wheels program, that organizers said would negatively impact seniors. Read More»

Bypass targets 183-year-old Bowlden family farm

Lifelong Fayette County residents Paul (left) and James Bowlden stand astride the proposed path of the West Fayetteville Bypass, which they say would jeopardize the operation of their cattle farm off Harp Road, maybe the last such family farm in Fayette. The 200 acres have been in their family since 1828. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Brothers fear controversial road will destroy last big cattle farm

For Paul and James Bowlden, Fayette County’s controversial West Bypass means splitting their cattle farm and a large tract of land that has been in their family for 183 years.

Proposed land acquisition plans for a portion of Phase 3 of the West Fayetteville Bypass between Ebenezer Church Road and Harp Road would have the road splitting the Bowlden’s pasture land and potentially prohibiting their cattle from being able to access water and other farm facilities. Read More»

Brown: County Commission votes $1.5 million in off-agenda items

Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown.

New commissioner slams 3 holdover members for voting on items without any public notice

The Fayette County Commission last year voted on $1.5 million in revenue and spending decisions without listing them on a meeting agenda to notify the public, according to new Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown.

Beyond failing to keep the public informed, the commission may have violated the state’s Open Meetings law, Brown claims.

Of the more significant assertions from Brown is that the commission spent $579,000 to fund employee “pay for performance” raises at an Oct. 28 meeting without listing them as a separate agenda item. Read More»

Accused Walmart gunman turns self in

Accused Walmart gunman turns self in

The alleged gunman in an Sept. 17 armed robbery at the Fayetteville Wal-Mart has turned himself in to Fayetteville police, officials said.

Brandon Thomas Mann, 18, of Fairburn was accompanied by his attorney Wednesday when he surrendered to police, who had issued multiple arrest warrants against Mann in connection with the case. Read More»

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