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»

Water director Parrott demoted

Effective today, Fayette County Water System Director Tony Parrott has been demoted to the position of a Class I Water Treatment Plant Operator.

This news was released by County Administrator Steve Rapson, who indicated the demotion was "based upon inadequate performance of responsibilities as the water system director." Read More»

Coweta gets peek at 2014 budget: $62.3M

Coweta County commissioners on Thursday got a look at the proposed 2014 general fund budget that totals $62.3 million. The vote on the budget will come at the Sept. 17 meeting.

Commissioners are considering the 2014 general fund budget with revenues totaling $62,341,885. That figure represents an increase of approximately $2.5 million over the current budget period that ends Sept. 30. Read More»

County says Parrott has been to water plants; notes incorrect

County officials are clarifying a misrepresentation in recently-released documents that indicated Water System Director Tony Parrott had not visited either of the county's water treatment plants in the past six months.

The documents were incorrect, as Parrott has visited the plants on a variety of occasions in that time frame conducting site visits and conducting tours for county commissioners, members of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division and consultants, according to County Administrator Steve Rapson. Read More»

Fayette commissioners respond to The Citizen’s water questions

The Citizen posed a series of questions to the Fayette County Commission as a group during the Aug. 26 commission meeting to get their comments on the record about the discipline issued to county water system employees.
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Water customer slaps water woes

UNHAPPY WATER SYSTEM CUSTOMER — Ozzie Sanchez told the Fayette commissioners he would have been let go from his job for such a litany of problems. “In my work, if I had dozens of cases of negligence or tasks that were supposed to be done and were not done, I would not be wearing this uniform,” Sanchez said. “... I can assure you I would have been let go.” Photo/John Munford.

A Fayette County resident informed the county commission Thursday night he did not understand why county officials decided to keep several water system employees who were instead reprimanded, some with suspensions, for the recent troubles with water production. (See full story here.)

Ozzie Sanchez, addressing the commission during the public comments portion of the meeting, said he would have been let go from his job for such a litany of problems. Read More»