Tyrone police chief adds role after council boots its town manager

Tyrone Police Chief Brandon Perkins.

It was nearly two years ago that Richard Newbern was hired as Tyrone’s Town Manager. Things changed on Nov. 1 when his contract was not renewed. Police Chief Brandon Perkins was appointed to serve in that capacity until the position is filled.

Mayor Don Rehwaldt said the Town Council at an Oct. 17 called meeting voted 4-0 not to renew Newbern’s contract. Rehwaldt in commenting on the council’s action said the evolving priorities in Tyrone led to the decision not to renew the contract.

Newbern was hired nearly two years ago on a two-year contract. Read More»

Senoia council candidates meet at forum

Candidates vying for the two at-large seats on the Senoia City Council had their say at an Oct. 27 forum hosted by the Senoia Tea Party Patriots. Candidates are (from left) challenger Harry Ramos, incumbent Maurice Grover, challenger Don Rehman and incumbent Bobby Graham. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The election to determine the winners of the two Senoia City Council seats comes on Nov. 8. And the four candidates for those seats got a chance to put themselves before the voters Oct. 27 at a forum held at the city’s Municipal Court building. Front and center at the forum were incumbents Bobby Graham and Maurice Grover and challengers Harry Ramos and Don Rehman. Read More»

Palmetto gets railroad underpass improvements

It was a while coming but in the end the project to refurbish the aging CSX Railroad underpasses in Palmetto was worth it. Among those at the Oct. 27 ribbon cutting at the Fayetteville Road underpass were (from left) Palmetto Councilwoman Lorraine Allen, Palmetto resident Mabel Reid, Sen. Donzella James and Palmetto Mayor John Miller.  Photo/Ben Nelms.

The work has been completed and the new look at the CSX Railroad underpasses in Palmetto provides a positive change to the visual landscape in the areas along U.S. Highway 29 in downtown Palmetto. Safety improvements to the underpasses came complete with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Oct. 27. Read More»

PTC may renew moratorium on multi-family rezoning

The Peachtree City Council will consider renewing its moratorium on multi-family housing rezonings as part of a very light agenda Thursday night.

The moratorium means that anyone wanting to rezone a tract for multi-family use must first gain approval from City Council before submitting a rezoning request to city staff.

The moratorium does not apply to property that is already zoned for multi-family use, according to the memorandum from City Clerk Betsy Tyler that was circulated to council members.

The moratorium notes that additional multi-family housing in the city would: Read More»

Changes for Hwy. 85/Grady Ave. up for F’ville Council vote

The item that was to likely accompany the recent opening of the roundabout at Beauregard Boulevard and Grady Avenue in Fayetteville is set to be discussed Nov. 3 by the Fayetteville City Council. That item includes a revamping of the turn lanes from Grady Avenue onto Ga. Highway 85 South to accommodate the flow of traffic that has been enhanced with the completion of the roundabout. Read More»

PTC candidates mostly self-funded

All three candidates running for Peachtree City Council have sought little fiscal support from residents.

Although each has put in their own money, George Dienhart was the only one to report contributions from others.

Both Post 1 candidates have elected to use just their own money instead. Imker has donated to his own campaign for the $180 qualifying fee and $25 for a “vendor table.” Likewise, Allen has donated $396.90 to his own campaign to cover qualifying fee and also purchase campaign signs. Read More»

Dienhart endorses Allen for PTC council seat

New councilman blames incumbent Imker for ‘council discord’

This much is sure: George Dienhart, running unopposed, will have a seat on the Peachtree City Council starting Jan. 1.The question remains as to who will win the other council race: sitting Post 1 councilman Eric Imker or challenger Steve Allen. Read More»

F’ville Council denies Olive Garden sign variance on 2-3 vote

A sign variance for a third sign and more square footage requested by the new Olive Garden restaurant on Ga. Highway 85 south of the Fayette Pavilion was denied by the Fayetteville City Council on a 2-3 vote at the Oct. 20 meeting. Read More»

City sacks position at Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater

Budget short $36K this year; move saves $25-30K

In a move that will bring the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater close to break-even financially, the Peachtree City Council approved the elimination of a full-time staffer for the facility.

The “events services coordinator” will be replaced with a part-time box office supervisor who would work form March through October.

The move will save some $25,000 to $30,000 a year, but a severance package will cost the city about $5,255 this year, cutting into the savings a bit.
This year the amphitheater budget is short by almost $36,000, according to amphitheater director Nancy Price. Read More»

PTC to lease 7 vehicles

1-year deal to explore cost savings with outsourced maintenance

Peachtree City will lease six trucks and a new, smaller, vehicle for the city manager under a pilot program that includes maintenance conducted by the leasing company.

It will cost the city a bit under $30,000 for just one year, with no future year commitments, said City Finance Director Paul Salvatore.

“Basically for the price of purchasing one vehicle, we can test seven vehicles in the pilot program with the hope of seeing some savings realized,” Salvatore said. Read More»

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