Crowd united, F’ville Council split 3-2 against fire merger

The Fayetteville City Council on April 23 voted 3-2 against consolidating the city’s fire department with Fayette County fire services. Pictured from left are Councilman Mickey Edwards, Councilman Ed Johnson Councilman Paul Oddo, Mayor Greg Clifton, Councilman Jim Williams and Councilman Scott Stacy. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It was a split 3-to-2 City Council vote to keep Fayetteville’s Fire Department just the way it is, but there was no such split in the sometimes rowdy crowd that gathered in support of their city firefighters.

Nearly all the 250 people attending the four-hour meeting April 23 were opposed to consolidating the city service with the Fayette County Fire and Emergency Services, and some were extremely vocal in their opposition. Read More»

PTC to unveil Founders Corner May 4

Sculptures honoring two of Peachtree City’s founders will be unveiled May 4 in a brief ceremony at City Hall Plaza as the “Founders Corner” is dedicated as part of the city’s ongoing History Time Line project.

Along with the busts of Floy Carr and Joel Cowan, the first of six plaques on the Founders Wall will be revealed, according to city spokesperson Betsy Tyler. The six plaques are designed to address the city’s history prior to its incorporation as a city in 1959. Read More»

All Children’s Playground reopens

All Children’s Playground reopens

Peachtree City officials celebrated the re-opening of the All Children’s Playground April 18 with an informal ribbon cutting ceremony. The rain didn’t keep the facility from reopening with its new surface and some new equipment. The playground is designed so children of all abilities can play together, with a smooth, cushioned surface that allows wheelchairs, walkers and other devices to be used. Photo/Kelly Duncan.

PTC may add cart paths to impact fees

Peachtree City is working to revise its impact fee ordinance to remove a focus on the library and recreation efforts, switching the funds designation over to streets and cart paths to serve future development in the city, nearly all of which will be in the Wilksmoor (West) Village.

Impact fees are paid for each individual brand-new building erected in Peachtree City, Read More»

F'ville rejects fire consolidation by a 3-2 vote

It lasted more than four hours, but in the end the Fayetteville City Council Wednesday night voted 3-2 against consolidating the city’s fire department with Fayette County fire services. And the crowd roared with approval.

The council chambers were packed to the point that many filled the foyer and spilled over into the area just outside the building where speakers had been set up for the overflow crowd to hear the proceedings. The nearly 250 in attendance were a mix of city residents, business owners, firefighters and their families. Read More»

F’ville votes 3-2 to back DDA loan

A proposal by the Fayetteville Downtown Development Authority to have the city back a loan so DDA can purchase the former dress shop at Lanier Avenue and Glynn Street for re-sale was approved April 17 by the City Council on a 3-2 vote.

The DDA proposal requested that the city serve as a loan guarantor to buy the space on the old courthouse square for re-sale for retail or restaurant use.

Community Development Director Brian Wismer said DDA has sought financing from Regions Bank for 80 percent of the $179,000 purchase price of the 1,700 sq. ft. building. Read More»

‘If I were mayor’ winner honored

Bennett’s Mill Middle School sixth-grader Olivia Ibeh was the winner of the 2014 “If I Were Mayor, I Would ...” contest sponsored by the Fayetteville City Council. Pictured at the April 17 council meeting with Olivia (center) were, from left, Mayor Greg Clifton and Olivia’s parents Chiekezie and Sonya Ibeh. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It is a tradition in Fayetteville for the City Council each year to sponsor an essay contest with the topic “If I Were Mayor, I Would ...” This year, sixth-grade language arts students from Bennett’s Mill Middle School were asked to submit entries. The council at the April 17 meeting recognized contest winner Olivia Ibeh.

The contest is part of the Georgia Cities Week activities and is a way to promote positive student recognition.

After the announcement of Olivia’s winning contest entry, the sixth-grader read her winning essay. Read More»

Hot meeting today for F’ville Council — Vote expected on fire dept. consolidation

This sign urging against consolidation of the fire departments was posted at the roundabout at the intersection of Grady Avenue and Beauregard Boulevard over the weekend. Photo/John Munford.

The Fayetteville City Council on April 23 at 5 p.m. will hold what will likely be a well-attended public meeting at City Hall on the question of consolidating the city’s fire department with Fayette County Fire and Emergency Services. The council is expected to vote on the proposal at the conclusion of the meeting.

Financial information compiled by the city’s financial department will be presented at the meeting. Some of the information was presented at the council’s March retreat while other portions of the data has not been seen by citizens to date. Read More»

PTC vetoes assisted living proposal pitched for Hwy. 54, Walt Banks

A proposal to build a 54-unit assisted living facility dedicated solely to memory care patients near McIntosh High School was denied by the Peachtree City Council Thursday night.

The proposal from The Lasalle Group of Texas was to build on a 4.7 acre tract at the corner of Ga. Highway 54 and Walt Banks Road, directly across from Holy Trinity Catholic Church. But to do so, Lasalle first had to get the city’s multifamily housing moratorium lifted by council, which would allow city staff to work with the developer on preparing a rezoning for the tract.

Instead, council elected to nip the process in the bud before Lasalle could get further. The vote to deny the request to lift the moratorium was 4-0 with Councilman Eric Imker absent. Read More»

PTC Mayor: we'll keep our fire department; no need to consolidate services with county

Mayor Vanessa Fleisch (R) and Councilman Mike King at an April City Council meeting. Photo/John Munford.

The Peachtree City Council has no plans to consolidate its fire department in a joint effort being explored by the Fayette County and Fayetteville governing bodies.

Because of all the talk surrounding the potential merger of the county and Fayetteville departments, Peachtree City Mayor Vanessa Fleisch took time at Thursday’s City Council meeting to assure residents they are not going to consider joining the effort in any way. Read More»

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