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Brown wants term limits for commission

Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown in a January 2014 photo.

The Fayette County Commission will vote Thursday on a recommendation to apply term limits to existing and future commissioners.

The restrictions would limit commissioners to serving no more than two consecutive four-year terms. Proposed by Commission Chairman Steve Brown, the restrictions would be made retroactive to those holding office since 2011, which would include Brown and fellow commissioner Allen McCarty. Read More»

It’s final — Federal court enacts district voting

It’s final — Federal court enacts district voting

New map with majority-minority 5th District will be used for upcoming elections; NAACP calls it "historic win-win" for all citizens

Tuesday afternoon, district voting became the law of the land in Fayette County by decree of a U.S. District Judge, replacing the county’s at-large voting format with a new process that will allow residents to vote for just one of the five members on both the Fayette County Commission and the Fayette County Board of Education.

Under at-large voting, struck down by the court, Fayette voters had the luxury of casting a ballot for all five members on each governing body. Read More»

‘Emergency’ declared in Fayette by commission

At the height of the winter storm last week, the old Fayette County Courthouse reposed in icy splendor with few to admire the wonderland spectacle. Photo/Steve Rapson.

Allows for federal disaster funds to offset costs

The Fayette County Commission Monday officially declared a state of emergency for the period following last week’s ice storm.

The designation allows the county to be eligible for state and federal recovery funds at a future date.

The commission was also effusive in praising county employees and volunteers who helped weather the storm, from the public works staff to emergency management officials who staffed the county’s emergency operations center. Read More»

Rapson: Fayette ready for district voting changes

Qualifying starts in three short weeks for two seats on both the county commission and board of education, but the short time frame is not expected to cause a problem for district voting to be implemented in Fayette County this year, according to County Administrator Steve Rapson.

Elections staff will have to manually look up a candidate’s address to confirm they live in the appropriate new district, Rapson said.

A new voting district map could be approved as early as next week, as the federal judge in the district voting case will conduct a Feb. 18 hearing on the court-proposed map. Read More»

Preparing to sand those icy roads

Preparing to sand those icy roads

Fayette County Public Works was busy Monday loading sand and salt destined for the roadways in the county and cities in preparation for the mid-week ice storm. Driver Harvey West is set to dump a load of sand as Eddie McEachern (at right) looks on. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fayette talks about using $800K in stormwater fees for new park

Resident questions $1.4M dam repair for ‘park’ on privately-owned lake

The “Plan B” for funding stormwater repairs in unincorporated Fayette County will get a kick-start with $2 million loaned from the general fund to address projects that cause flooding which endangers life or property.

The money, approved for spending by the Fayette County Commission on Jan. 23, will be paid back from future bond financing. That bond will be paid back with revenues from the county’s stormwater utility, which began charging fees in 2012. Read More»

Fayette Commission to ponder court's district voting map Tues.

Fayette Commission to ponder court's district voting map Tues.

The Fayette County Commission will meet Tuesday at 3 p.m. in executive session to discuss its response to a proposed district voting map proffered by U.S. District Judge Timothy C. Batten. Read More»

Coweta thanks a nurse

Coweta thanks a nurse

Coweta County Nurse Manager Alice Jackson will soon retire after serving for 23 years with the Coweta County Health Dept. Jackson on Jan. 23 received a proclamation from the Coweta County Commission honoring her service to the community. Photo/Ben Nelms.

East Point congregation relocating to Coweta

A church operating in East Point for more than a half century got its wish last week and was granted a conditional use permit to build a new building on U.S. Highway 29 near Arbor Springs Plantation and move the congregation to Coweta County.

County Planning Director Robert Tolleson said East Point-based Southwest Christian Church is acquiring property on Hwy. 29 to the north and east of Arbor Springs Plantation and is proposing to build the facility in phases. Read More»

New Fayette district voting map is proposed

A proposed new district map for the Fayette County Commission and the Fayette County Board of Education proposed by U.S. District Judge Timothy C. Batten. The pdf was provided by Fayette County. That pdf — which may be magnified — is attached as a file to this story.

Timing a concern as qualifying starts March 3 for two county commission posts and two school board seats

A proposed new district map for the Fayette County Commission and the Fayette County Board of Education, crucial to enacting district voting here, has been proposed by a U.S. District Judge.

The new map is necessary to comply with the May decision of U.S. District Court Judge Timothy C. Batten which declared the county’s former at-large voting system violated the federal Voting Rights Act.

[View that pdf by clicking on the "attachment" below.] Read More»

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