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Coweta makes zoning room for brewpubs

Brewpubs are becoming a trendy way to get a taste of handcrafted beer. Coweta County commissioners last week in addressing the growing trend amended the county’s alcohol ordinance to include brew pubs.

A brewpub is an eating establishment in which beer or malt beverages are manufactured and subject to barrel limitations, according to the ordinance. A brewpub will require a retail consumption and must have at least 55 percent of its annual gross sales in the form of prepared meals or food.

Brewpubs will be located in the C-3 (Commercial Retail) areas. Read More»

Time running out for Nov. district vote change

Time is running short to call for a special mid-term election sought by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to replace one member each on the Fayette County Commission and the Fayette County Board of Education under a district voting format.

The general election, which will feature a countywide ballot on a proposed infrastructure sales tax and municipal elections in Tyrone, Peachtree City and Woolsey, is Nov. 5 with early voting starting Oct. 14. Read More»

Coweta commission approves $62M budget

Coweta County commissioners on Tuesday adopted the $62.3 million general fund budget for fiscal year 2014 that begins in October.

General fund revenues for the new fiscal year are expected to total $62,341,885. That figure represents an increase of approximately $2.5 million over the current budget period that ends Sept. 30.

The expected increase in revenue is a result of the new legislatively-imposed ad valorem tax methodology on vehicles purchases where 6.5 percent of the cost of the vehicle is added as a one-time tag expense. Read More»

Scout plans bird sanctuary at battlefield

Scout plans bird sanctuary at battlefield

Coweta County Eagle Scout James Campbell got approval from the Coweta County Commission Tuesday to build and install 15 nesting boxes for bluebirds, wrens and purple martins at the recently opened Brown’s Mill Battlefield Historic Site. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Partial cloverleaf now favored for Hwy. 74-I-85 interchange

Every motorist using the Ga. Highway 74 exit at Interstate 85 knows that traffic congestion is an unfortunate way of life. And while plans to mitigate that congestion have been in place for some time, some relief may be in sight.

It appears that the potential for installing a partial cloverleaf rather than modifying the intersection using a diverging diamond might be in the offing once work is approved in the coming years. Read More»

Rapson: Water fixes 38% done

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division has again pushed back the deadline for Fayette County’s response to a sanitary survey that found multiple deficiencies and 10 violations of Georgia’s safe drinking water rules in a June inspection of the Fayette County Water System. Read More»

Fayette OKs SPLOST list; next stop, voters

Environmentalist Dennis Chase addresses commission at Aug. 29 hearing. Photo/John Munford.

The Fayette County Commission has formally approved a list of 181 stormwater projects for funding with a potential countywide 1 percent sales tax for two years that will be up for voter consideration in November.

County resident and environmentalist Dennis Chase was the only person to speak during the public hearing at the Sept. 5 commission meeting. Chase said without detailed plans from the county that would allow him to evaluate the projects appropriately, he would not support the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. Read More»

Judge may draw his own Fayette voting district map

A federal judge has selected the state’s reapportionment office and staff to serve as the court’s technical advisor as he mulls over several proposed new district maps to be used in future elections for members of the Fayette County Commission and the county Board of Education. Read More»

Water chief Parrott takes demotion

In happier times, then-Water System Director Tony Parrott (gesturing, far right) presided over the dedication of Lake McIntosh last December. The four 2012 county commissioners joining him were (L-R) Allan McCarty, Steve Brown, Herb Frady and Robert Horgan. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Rapson: County making progress fixing failures cited by EPD

Long-time Fayette County Water System Director Tony Parrott has been demoted to the position of water treatment plant operator, county officials said in a news release Monday afternoon.

County Administrator Steve Rapson cited “inadequate performance of responsibilities as the water system director” in Parrott’s demotion letter, dated Sept. 9.

Rapson told The Citizen that Parrott was not moving quickly enough on items outlined in a performance improvement plan that was issued last month. Read More»

Once-controversial parkway creeps toward completion

Completion for the bridge on Westbridge Road is expected next summer. Photo/Ben Nelms.

What critics called “the road to nowhere” continues being extended to ... somewhere.

Fayette County Public Works Director Phil Mallon in a September update on the Veterans Parkway project said construction is continuing on the 2.6-mile segment extending from Eastin Road to Ga. Highway 92 in northern Fayette County.

The segment of Veterans Parkway from Eastin Road northward to Hwy. 92 is expected to open next summer. Read More»

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