PTC eyes cheaper storage for Kedron ‘bubble’; may trim facilities list

With roughly $2 million left from Peachtree City’s public facilities improvement bond proceeds, city staff is working on getting more current cost estimates for a variety of projects. And they are also working on cheaper alternatives for several projects, such as a proposed storage building Read More»

F’ville may loosen sign rules, alcohol hours

The Fayetteville City Council held its annual retreat March 9 at the old courthouse in downtown Fayetteville. The day-long meeting covered an extensive list of items such as finances, zoning ordinances and economic development. It was the first retreat attended by new Mayor Greg Clifton, Councilman Ed Johnson and Councilman Mickey Edwards. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The idea of relaxing aspects of the Fayetteville sign ordinance and extending drinking hours at local watering holes were topics during the campaign season in late 2011 and at the recent planning retreat for the Fayetteville City Council.

Though no vote was taken at the annual retreat held March 9, the consensus among the council was to proceed with a discussion that could lead to an increase in the amount of square footage available for signage on city businesses. Read More»

PTC OKs borrowing $7.9 million to buy vehicles, equipment

The Peachtree City Council has approved a plan to finance $7.9 million in capital equipment for the next five years.

The first round of financing for the current fiscal year will allow the city to purchase $1.095 million in equipment at an interest rate of 1.34 percent over five years or 1.61 percent over seven years. Read More»

Non-profits get fund-raising help in Senoia

A decision by the Senoia City Council at the March 5 meeting will give non-profit civic organizations a bit more leverage in fund-raising. The council voted to allow six events per year where non-profits can serve alcoholic beverages.

Prior to the amendment the city’s Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance stipulated that non-profits could sell alcohol at events two times per year. The ordinance change raised that number to six times per year. The ordinance change came after a previous request from local non-profits. Read More»

PTC Council sets retreat for Friday and Saturday

The Peachtree City Council will hold its annual planning retreat all day Friday and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

The event will kick off Friday morning with discussion of the city’s technology assessment and the facilities bond projects list, which will include repairs and upgrades for existing city facilities. The latter topic is anticipated to be quite lengthy, perhaps two hours or more, according to city staff. Read More»

Gun shops OK in Tyrone commercial district

It was a bit more than a housekeeping issue Thursday night when the Tyrone Town Council changed commercial zoning categories to comply with the recently adopted revamping of the zoning ordinance. Also on the agenda, and approved by a 3-2 vote, was the move to include gun shops as a conditional use in the new C-2 zoning district. Read More»

New 4-way stop source of contention for PTC

Apparently, a new four-way stop erected this past week on Windgate Road at Raintree Bend has rankled a few citizens, including Peachtree City Councilman Eric Imker.

Imker brought up the matter at Thursday night’s City Council meeting, saying that he thinks council should have had a chance to discuss the matter before the stop signs were installed. The intersection was previously a two-way stop for traffic on Raintree Bend. Read More»

Illegal dumping causes Tyrone sewer overflow

Illegal grease dumping causes sewer manhole to overflow onto church property. Photo/Special.

Tyrone has only limited sewer in areas such as the Southampton subdivision and the adjacent Publix Shopping Center. But someone removed a manhole cover and dumped grease into the system, causing a release of sewer water across Ga. Highway 74 on the property of Living Proof Church and into the congregation’s fish pond. Read More»

Tyrone Council retreat: Town still in good financial shape

The Tyrone Town Council met at town hall Feb. 25 for the annual retreat. Though an exhaustive number of items were covered it was the update that the town is solidly in the black financially that was arguably the most important part of the meeting. The council agreed to establish a policy to govern the town’s reserve funds Photo/Ben Nelms.

Perhaps more than any governmental entity in Fayette County, Tyrone has the least to worry about when it comes to having a sufficient amount of money in the bank to weather the continuing recession. With 13 months of operating capital on hand, the Tyrone Town Council at its Feb. 25 retreat gave the go-ahead to develop a policy governing general fund reserves. Read More»

Imker: sales tax revenue on upswing

At the most recent Peachtree City Council meeting, Councilman Eric Imker shared what he views as positive news about the economy.

Sales tax revenue is on the rise again, Imker said, noting that the city is now projected to see an increase of $300,000 in the category by the end of the fiscal year in September.

“I think we’ve turned the corner on the sales tax with this economy, so that’s some really good news,” Imker said, pointing to the data on the monthly reports generated by city staff. “I appreciate seeing that information.” Read More»