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Fayette’s district voting lawyer fees rise to $283K

The district voting lawsuit filed by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People continues to be a costly one for Fayette County government.

So far, the county commission has paid $283,522 to the Atlanta law firm which is representing it in the case. That cost does not include additional hourly charges caused by action of the county’s own attorney nor does it include the attorney’s fees paid by the Fayette County Board of Education, which was also listed as a defendant in the lawsuit. Read More»

Is this the next Fayette Commission chairman?

Commissioner Charles Oddo in an August 2013 meeting. Photo/John Munford.

Steve Brown’s position in play as critics challenge his leadership

If Commissioner David Barlow can get another vote next week, Commissioner Charles Oddo (in photo at right) will take the chairmanship from Commissioner Steve Brown. Read More»

Fayette’s delayed stormwater bills mailed last week

Unincorporated property owners will be getting their stormwater bills this year after all. Originally set to bill in June, they were mailed last week.

The process had been on hold since the summer because of the hope that the countywide core infrastructure sales tax would be approved in November, but it failed at the polls. County commissioners had pledged that if the tax was approved, they would stop collecting the annual stormwater fees for four years. Read More»

Coweta OK's funding for Poplar Rd. interchange engineering

The long-planned Poplar Road interchange at Interstate 85 on Newnan’s south side moved another step closer to reality Tuesday when the Coweta County Commission approved funding for the final engineering phase of the project.

Coweta County Transportation and Engineering Director Tod Handley said with the Phase 2 portion of the full-diamond interchange project well-underway, it is time to add engineering and design services to the project to complete the final design phase. Read More»

Fired Fayette IT staffer fights back, threatens suit

An information technology employee for Fayette County government who was sacked last week fought back through his attorney at Thursday night’s meeting of the county commission.

Attorney Scott Bennett, who formerly served as the county’s staff attorney, said his client and friend Russell Prince was informed the previous week that he was determined to be “a security risk” after Prince followed the instructions of his boss and passed along a request from Commission Chairman Steve Brown. Read More»

Commission approves south Fayette residential rezoning

A rezoning off Ga. Highway 92 south near the Spalding county line was approved Thursday night by the Fayette County Commission.

The new development will consist of six lots on 217 acres, a significant cut from the 31 lots it had previously been approved for. The smallest lot is 11.34 acres but two are larger than the rest: one at 84 acres and the other at 66 acres.

The rezoning changed the district from a combined estate-residential and agriculture-residential to a straight AR zoning. The parcel is located off Ga. Highway 92 at Chapman Road. Read More»

Giving workers Dec. 23 off to cost Fayette $131,480

Fayette County Administrator Steve Rapson.

County and PTC offices to be closed; F’ville, Tyrone will stay open to public

Fayette County’s plan next week to add an extra paid holiday to the employees’ usual 10 will cost taxpayers $131,480, according to County Administrator Steve Rapson.
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Coweta Commissioner Blackburn thanked by Fayette Commission

Coweta Commissioner Blackburn thanked by Fayette Commission

Coweta County Commission Chairman Bob Blackburn (R) was honored Thursday night by the Fayette County Commission for cooperating with Fayette on a number of matters as he led the Coweta board this year. Blackburn, who was joined by his wife Jennifer and son Matt in accepting the honor, thanked his fellow commissioners and the Coweta County staff along with the cooperative spirit struck by the Fayette board. Blackburn added that Fayette and Coweta residents need to continue to work together, and his view “We are all brothers and sisters in the eyes of the Lord.” Photo/John Munford.

Fayette to consider Hwy. 92S residential rezoning

Developer wants 6 homes on 217 acres

A rezoning that would allow a new six-lot subdivision on 217 acres off Ga. Highway 92 south in unincorporated Fayette County will be considered Thursday night by the county commission.

The proposal from Oaks, LLC is for a tract that abuts the highway and also Chapman Road. Part of the parcel also abuts the Flint River. Read More»

EPD fines Fayette $9,000 for foul water failures

A Fayette County Water System employee flushes a fire hydrant in the county's attempt to mitigate days of foul-smelling water in May 2013. File photo.

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division has issued a $9,000 fine on the Fayette County Water System as a result of the smelly water episode in May that lasted for several weeks, which resulted in a scathing report on problems with the county’s water treatment process.

The fine was part of a consent order entered between EPD and the county last week. Along with the fine, EPD is giving the county a year to fully implement a corrective action plan that is being prepared by the county’s engineering consulting firm, CH2M Hill. Read More»

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