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»

Fayette FES salutes community partners

Fayette County Fire and Emergency Services’s fire safety community partners are (L-R) Fayette County Fire Marshal James. D. Hall, Group VI representative Mark Williamson, ProMaker Development Group representative Len Gough, FES Lt. Tony Koranda, FES Chief David Scarbrough, Go To Guys representative Rick Ryckeley, Ronnie Thames Foundation representatives Pam Bozek and Beth Dillon, GSI Atlanta representative Brian Hood and Home Depot representatives Kenny Hill and Dana Farmer. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The staff of Fayette County Fire and Emergency Services on Wednesday saluted its community partners who help provide a variety of fire safety programs to the community. The recognition was held at the former Rivers Elementary School on Sandy Creek Road. Read More»

Coweta sets rules for retirement communities

Future retirement communities establishing in Coweta County now have guidelines to follow. The Coweta County Commission on Nov. 19 unanimously adopted an ordinance amendment creating a new zoning district specific to those communities.

The Residential Retirement Community and Care District (RRCC) guidelines restrict communities to a minimum of 80 percent of households including a resident who is 55 years of age or older. That requirement is in line with federal standards adopted in 1995. Read More»

Coweta sets usage rules for historic Civil War battlefield

With the long-awaited Brown’s Mill Battlefield Historic Site opening during the summer it was time for the Coweta County Commission to sign off on the policies that will pertain to the site. Commissioners approved the policy at the Nov. 21 meeting.

Coweta Event Services Director Tray Baggarly said that, now completed, usage policies need to be put in place so groups and organizations can utilize the facility for their events.
“These policies were designed to fall in line with existing county facility rules and regulations,” Baggarly said in an Oct. 30 letter. Read More»

Sheriff Babb to establish first-ever northside precinct

Sheriff Babb to establish first-ever northside precinct

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office has never operated a precinct outside its headquarters in Fayetteville. But that will change next month when a northside precinct will open at the Lee Center on Ga. Highway 314 north of Fayetteville.

Sheriff Barry Babb said the idea of establishing a post on the northside was something he advocated during his campaign for sheriff.
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