Fayette County

F’ville adopts language change for downtown projects

The Fayetteville City Council on Feb. 17 voted to amend portions of the language included in the Planned Community Development (PCD) and Downtown Commercial District (C-1) zoning codes. The changes were made to clarify the city’s intent as it relates to downtown commercial projects.

City planner Linwood Robinson in an earlier letter said the proposal to amend the ordinance would allow developers the ability to create a PCD with a “mixed use” assignment of development uses defined as residential, commercial and office uses along with any designated open space and recreational amenities. Read More»

Fayette County Commission prepares to vote on East Bypass alignment

The Fayette County Commission is expected to vote Thursday night on the conceptual alignment for the East Fayetteville Bypass.

The final alignment will be considered at a future meeting, but in general the bypass is expected to begin north of Fayetteville at Ga. Highway 85 North at Corinth Road. From there it will follow Corinth Road to Ga. Highway 54 where it will embark on a new road path to County Line Road.

The remainder of the bypass will follow County Line Road to the end of the bypass, which will be at the intersection of South Jeff Davis Drive and Inman Road. Read More»

Expert: East Bypass ‘a dead-end road’

Local resident and retired road builder David Wimmer displays a map highlighting the current alignment for the East Fayetteville Bypass and his proposals to lengthen it. Photo/John Munford.

To be a ‘bypass’ it must — but does not — connect hwys. 85 & 92 south of F’ville, retired road builder contends

[RELATED STORY — County Commission prepares to vote on preliminary East Bypass route]]

Fayette County resident David Wimmer contends that the $39.4 million East Fayetteville Bypass, as currently conceived, is not a bypass at all.

“It’s really a dead-end road,” Wimmer said of the current bypass alignment, noting that the southern end halts at the rural intersection of County Line Road/Inman Road and South Jeff Davis Drive at the south end. Read More»

Too many cliches for one county

There is, “pay no attention to the man behind the curtain,” or perhaps “Peter, meet Paul. Paul, meet Peter.” You could include, “if it walks like a duck ...,” “money makes the world go round,” “bait and switch,” “show me the money,” and even “a fool and his money are soon parted.” But my favorite is “Bend over.” Read More»

Citizens say, ‘We’re not taking it anymore’

Over the past two months, we’ve come about as close as one can to witnessing a feeding frenzy against toxic government. The new kids on the block, Commissioner Steve Brown and Commissioner Allen McCarty, are working long hours to put an end to the secret meetings and backroom dealings of the Fayette County Board of Commissioners. They have shown a lot of courage. Read More»

Round 3, North vs. South . . .

Carole Marsh, of Peachtree City, has published a series of booklets called “The Student’s Civil War.” I read one of the booklets entitled “What Was The Civil Was All About?,” and The Citizen published my unfavorable review of the booklet on Feb. 9.

The Citizen has now published, on Feb. 16, a response written by Mrs. Marsh’s daughter, Michelle, president of the family-run publishing company.

Michelle hopes to put me in my place by reciting a number of awards received by her mother and by listing the big-name customers of their products. Read More»

Here we go again: More rationalizations for wasting tax money

Have you ever squared off against one of those carnival games with five holes that little heads pop out of? As soon as you smack one head down, another one pops up.

It seems as though county commissioners Frady, Hearn, and Horgan have orchestrated a very similar game with their West Fayetteville Bypass (WFB) project; as soon as citizens debunk one of their excuses for the project, the three arcade operators roll out another. Read More»

County made us an offer we couldn’t refuse

Here we are now, two-and-a-half years after we received formal notification from Fayette County that our property would either be taken peacefully for the West Fayetteville Bypass, or forcefully by condemnation.

The county commissioners at that time were totally reprehensible in their refusal to see the vast public opposition to the project. It was like talking to five stone faces. I may have well as spoken to Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson by going to Stone Mountain with my megaphone. Others feel the same way. Read More»

A tragedy at Toomer’s Corner

Today I am an Auburn fan. Now I am a UGA grad and proud member of the Bulldog Nation, but today I join everyone in the South to mourn the potential loss of the 130-year-old live oaks at Toomer’s Corner on the Auburn campus after a misguided individual poisoned the trees with herbicide.

You might not consider this event a “tragedy.” No one was killed or injured. But there are levels of tragedy and this one is sad on many levels. Read More»

GOP is ‘spinning, outright lying’ about budget

The budget crisis presently facing the nation is monumental and perplexing. Revenues are down and virtually all government organizations are struggling to meet their fiscal obligations.

I have to say, however, that the elaborate charade being played out in the Congress is absolutely ridiculous.

On the left we have the Democrats being accused of trying to stimulate the economy by spending tax revenues to create jobs. Read More»