County awards $785K bid for new Emergency Operations Center

A $785,400 bid has been awarded to a contractor to build a standalone Emergency Operations Center for the Fayette County Department of Fire and Emergency Services.

The county’s current EOC is located on the second floor of the county government complex in downtown Fayetteville, a building originally built to be a shopping center, noted Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown. Read More»

Fayette OKs more parking for driver’s license office

Fayette County will be spending $50,000 to add about 70 parking spaces to the local office of the Georgia Department of Driver Services in the near future.

The facility, located at the intersection of McElroy, McDonough and County Line roads, gets quite busy at times and the lack of parking has led some drivers to park on the opposite side of McLeroy Road from the building, officials said. Read More»

Fayette to spend $338K on water system review

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CH2M Hill also to address remaining drinking water rule violations, sanitary survey deficiencies

An exhaustive review of the county’s water treatment plants and their treatment processes will cost Fayette County water customers $338,000 in an effort expected to be approved Thursday night by the county commission. Read More»

Fayette to go with ‘Plan B’ after stormwater SPLOST goes down the drain

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Property owners in unincorporated areas to get bills before Christmas

Fourteen percent of Fayette County’s registered voters turned out Tuesday, and a majority gave a thumbs down to a one-cent special sales tax targeted mostly for stormwater projects in the county.

The final unofficial tally was 5,522 (57.18 percent) against to 4,135 (42.82 percent) in favor.

The first-ever countywide two-year Special Local Option Sales Tax would have funded $16.8 million in stormwater projects in the unincorporated county.
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County opposes Facebook privacy changes for young teens

The Fayette County Commission has expressed concern over a proposed change that would allow young teens using Facebook a chance to let all users view their posts, pictures and more.

Currently, Facebook users ages 13-17 are only allowed to share their material directly with friends or “friends of friends.” The change Facebook is planning would allow those young users to choose to share their content with all Facebook users, according to Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown.

The commission unanimously passed a resolution Oct. 24 opposing the changes. Read More»

What’s Fayette’s Plan B if infrastructure SPLOST loses?

Rapson: Will stick with stormwater utility, issue bond for $5 million

If Fayette County voters turn down the proposed two-year sales tax at the polls next week, county officials have a Plan B to pay for its stormwater repair projects. Read More»

What’s on the ballot?

Early voting awaits you — Staff at the Fayette County elections office in Fayetteville have been ready for early voters. Voters in Peachtree City and Tyrone can cast ballots for their contested races also at the public libraries in each city. Early voting ends Friday, Nov. 1. Pictured are elections staff Leigh Combs (L) and Sharon Davis. Photo/Ben Nelms.

All voters in Fayette County, regardless of whether they live in a city or the unincorporated county, have something to vote about before election day ends Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Everyone gets a say on the proposed two-year core infrastructure SPLOST, and Peachtree City will elect a mayor and three council members. Those in the unincorporated county also face a separate measure that would allow alcohol sales by the drink, as an alcohol referendum approved last year only addressed package alcohol sales at locations in unincorporated Fayette. Read More»

Up for vote: SPLOST, 4 PTC Council posts

Time running out to early-vote before election day; Hwy. 54W traffic, mayor’s lawsuit, ‘civility’ key issues in PTC campaigns

Friday is the last day for early voting at the Peachtree City Library in advance of the official Election Day Tuesday, when Peachtree City residents will pick a mayor and three of four city council members and weigh in on a proposed county-wide sales tax. Read More»

County OK’s $50K to study old jail renovation

Estimated construction cost of $1.4M to come from leftover bond proceeds

A contractor has been chosen to conduct a study of what it will take, and how much it will cost, to reopen the county’s “old jail” which was shuttered in 2003 when a newer, much larger facility was opened.

Now, some 10 years later, the new jail has at times reached 75 percent of its capacity, sending county officials on a quest to decide what to do next.

County Administrator Steve Rapson said it appears it will cost about $1.4 million to get the old jail back up and running, and Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb has pledged to staff it without a commensurate increase in his budget. Read More»

Fayette chooses zone for sex shops

Hoping to take the bull by the horns before it enters the china shop, the Fayette County Commission passed an ordinance Thursday that heavily restricts sexually-oriented businesses that might seek to locate in unincorporated Fayette County.

The new ordinance restricts such businesses as strip clubs, “adult” movie theaters, adult modeling studios and adult novelty stores to be located only in areas zoned for light industrial use. Doing so limits such locations to just three different areas in the county, officials said. Read More»

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