Water customer slaps water woes

UNHAPPY WATER SYSTEM CUSTOMER — Ozzie Sanchez told the Fayette commissioners he would have been let go from his job for such a litany of problems. “In my work, if I had dozens of cases of negligence or tasks that were supposed to be done and were not done, I would not be wearing this uniform,” Sanchez said. “... I can assure you I would have been let go.” Photo/John Munford.

A Fayette County resident informed the county commission Thursday night he did not understand why county officials decided to keep several water system employees who were instead reprimanded, some with suspensions, for the recent troubles with water production. (See full story here.)

Ozzie Sanchez, addressing the commission during the public comments portion of the meeting, said he would have been let go from his job for such a litany of problems. Read More»

Foul water fallout: water system director suspended 2 weeks, told to shape up

Fayette County Administrator Steve Rapson. Photo/Special.

County manager says Fayette will challenge EPD sanctions

Fayette County Water System Director Tony Parrott received a two-week suspension without pay after state environmental assessors declared the county violated 10 safe drinking water rules and needed to correct 141 deficiencies in the water system. Read More»

Coweta grounds 'flying club' proposal

For pilot Kevin Wendelberg, the idea of forming a private flying club and providing hangar space on his 152-acre property near Moreland was a proposal that did not fly with the Coweta County Commission. It was shot down by unanimous vote at the Aug. 20 meeting.

The special use permit requested by WeFly, Inc. was proposed to use the property with an existing grass airstrip to establish a private flying club with hangars, a clubhouse and pavilion available to club members. The property is zoned RC (Rural Conservation). Read More»

Nobody loses job for Fayette’s water system failures

Brown wanted system ‘managers’ fired, but gets no support from other commissioners; Rapson ‘disciplines’ 5 system employees

Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown insists he has seen enough to determine that “top management” at the Fayette County Water System “need to be terminated.” Read More»

NAACP asks judge for special 5th district vote

Plaintiffs seeking a special election this November to apply district voting to the Fayette County Commission and the Fayette County Board of Education are asking a federal judge to order the county’s elections director to provide dates and deadlines so such a special election could be accomplished. Read More»

Commissioners to hold public hearing Thurs. on SPLOST vote

The Fayette County Commission Thursday night will conduct a public hearing on the proposed two-year Core Infrastructure sales tax that will be up for voters’ consideration in November.

If the tax is approved, the county plans to spend its $16.8 million take on stormwater improvement projects in the unincorporated county. Also if voters approve the tax, property owners in the unincorporated county will not be charged the annual stormwater fee for the next four years, county officials have said. Read More»

Fayette disciplines 5 water employees

Fayette County Administrator Steve Rapson in a July 2013 photo.

Rapson reorganizes water dept.; stresses need for 'accountability' among staff

Five employees of the Fayette County Water System have been disciplined following two independent reports of basic operational problems at the county’s two water treatment plants.

County Manager Steve Rapson, who handed down the discipline Friday, said each of the employees were receiving suspensions without pay, pay classification and title changes, varying performance improvement plans, and each would be subject to a probationary period. Names were not released Read More»

Report: Operators’ errors caused Fayette’s water problems

Several errors by workers at Fayette County’s two water treatment plants resulted in high manganese readings that led to the shutdown of both plants within days of each other, according to a report filed last week by the county’s special consulting engineer. Read More»

Fayette may lower golf cart driving age to match PTC rules

Attorney asked to look into change to allow students to drive carts to Starr’s Mill High School

Fayette County will formally explore the possibility of lowering the de facto age limit for driving golf carts outside city limits to match the range currently allowed by Peachtree City.

Thursday night, the County Commission authorized its attorney to look into the changes and bring a recommended ordinance change back to the commission for consideration at a future date.

One of the reasons cited for the change is to allow younger drivers with a learner’s permit to drive themselves to school at the Starr’s Mill High School complex, much like their counterparts at McIntosh High School. Read More»

Fayette gets miles out of teleworking staffers

To help save the environment and also employee commute times and costs, Fayette County government has started a pilot telecommuting program.

So far, the county has found the cost of equipment and support infrastructure for teleworking to be minimal.

Furthermore, County Commissioner David Barlow noted that the Clean Air Campaign has helped make the transition painless “with documentation and expert training, at no cost to the taxpayers.”

There are also thoughts down the road of how teleworking can pay off for the county in the event of a disaster or inclement weather. Read More»

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