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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»

Fayette Commission replies with stormwater answers

In an effort to promote passage of the Core Infrastructure Special Local Option Sales Tax in advance of early voting, the Fayette County Commission has released a list of questions and answers about the proposed tax. The questions and answers have been posted on the county’s website at www.fayettecountyga.gov.

The two-year tax, which would fund $16.8 million in stormwater projects in the unincorporated county, would also provide $14 million in road and cart path maintenance for Peachtree City and $6.7 million for a variety of projects in Fayetteville. Read More»

Poplar Rd./I-85 interchange gets feds' environmental approval

Another milestone in the saga of the coming full-diamond interchange at Interstate 85 and Poplar Road took shape Tuesday night when Coweta County commissioners were told the project is ahead of schedule.

“We reached a milestone,” Coweta County Director of Transportation and Engineering Tod Handley told commissioners. “The draft environmental document has been approved by the federal Dept. of Transportation.” Read More»

Fayette negotiates lesser penalties for water system failures

State environmental regulators have downgraded six of the 10 drinking water rule violations Fayette County was slapped with early this summer, county officials have said.

In the meantime, the county is also having its entire water system staff retrained on their various duties in upcoming weeks in an effort to instill public confidence in the system, said County Administrator Steve Rapson. Read More»

Local governments adjust to LOST ruling

The Ga. Dept. of Revenue (DOR) is reviewing an Oct. 7 decision by the Ga. Supreme Court that determined the portion of the Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) Act pertaining to a judicial resolution in a LOST distribution dispute between counties and municipalities to be unconstitutional. The ruling is not expected to affect ongoing local LOST collections. To be on the safe side, Fayette County and its municipalities are meeting this week to re-adopt the LOST distribution agreement reached in January. Read More»

Commission to SPLOST doubters: Come grill us about tax . . . please

The Fayette County Commission is asking residents to grill them and county staff about the upcoming proposed core infrastructure Special Purpose Option Sales Tax. Read More»

Improvements coming for Coweta's Gordon and Haynie roads at highway, RR intersections

A road project that will correct line-of-sight problems on Ga. Highway 54 and Gordon Road and another that will realign a portion of Haynie Road at the old railroad crossing were approved Tuesday by the Coweta County Commission.

Coweta County Director of Transportation and Engineering Tod Handley said the issue with the intersection at Hwy. 54 and Gordon Road deals with the line-of-sight looking north on Hwy. 54 from the Gordon Road intersection. The project calls for raising the road grade on Hwy. 54 to eliminate the problem, said Handley. Read More»

Haunted 'hill' moving to Temple Ave.

Allyn Glover last year said he would find another location in Coweta County to hold Horror Hill, the long-running Halloween venue, after the Coweta County Commission last year said his Ware Road location would have to go. Commissioners last week approved a special use permit that will relocate the seasonal venue, now called “13 Stories,” on industrial property on Temple Avenue. Read More»

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»

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