Lake McIntosh is now officially open for public’s use

It took decades from start to finish, but the ribbon was cut June 28 to open the Lake McIntosh Park and Reservoir in Peachtree City. Pictured, from left, are Fayette County commissioners Randy Ognio, David Barlow, Chairman Steve Brown, Fayette County Water System Director Tony Parrott and commissioners Allen McCarty and Charles Oddo. Photo/Ben Nelms.

What began more than four decades ago came to official completion Friday as Fayette County Commission members cut the ribbon that officially opened Lake McIntosh Park and Reservoir in Peachtree City. The site located at the end of TDK Boulevard will double as a Fayette County park and drinking water reservoir. Read More»

Fayette adopts balanced budget for FY 2014: $76 million

Fayette County’s $76 million budget for FY 2014 was adopted June 27. The budget included $44 million in the General Fund, $14.7 million in the Water System Fund and $15.4 million in Special Revenue Funds and will come with no anticipated increase in property taxes.

That compares with last year’s budget total of $80.85 million. Read More»

District voting maps now due

The U.S. Supreme Court decision Tuesday invalidating a portion of the Voting Rights Act will have no effect on the recent district voting decision involving Fayette County, according to County Commission Chairman Steve Brown.

“I have received a couple of calls already about whether the Section 5 ruling affects our appeal on a Section 2 lawsuit,” Brown said in an email. “It is my understanding that the ruling has no relevance on our case.” Read More»

Coweta lauds service, record of retiring leader

Retiring Coweta County Administrator Theron Gay (L) received a plaque from Coweta County Commission Chairman Bob Blackburn at the June 18 board meeting. Gay has attended more than 600 commission meetings in his 20 years as administrator. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It was a meeting of the Coweta County Commission that felt more like the end of an era. In a sense it was because the June 18 board meeting was the last one that retiring Coweta County Administrator Theron Gay would attend in that capacity.

For Gay, his retirement in the next couple of weeks translates into 20 years as administrator and a total of 40 years of service in various positions in the county. The commission meeting was attended by a host of county employees and members of Gay’s family. Read More»

New plan for Fischer Crossing emerging

There is a bit of preliminary movement at the proposed Fischer Crossing retail development on the northeast corner of Fischer Road and Ga. Highway 34 in east Coweta County. A rezoning request for an access road and other items were heard at the June 18 meeting of the Coweta County Commission. Read More»

Fayette to skim $2 million from pension fund

Turning tables, former Commissioner Hearn gigs commission on budget

To help balance its 2013-2014 budget, the Fayette County Commission is dipping into the overfunded pension plan for county retirees.

The county is taking about $2 million from the fund and recapturing it for this year’s budget, County Administrator Steve Rapson said at the June 13 commission meeting. Read More»

Brown, Horgan differ on ‘settlement’ offered to NAACP in district voting case

Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown contended this week that last year three county commissioners approved offering a settlement that would have enacted district voting in time for the November 2012 elections.

Brown contends the settlement, which he did not approve because he opposes district voting, was ultimately rejected by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, which has advocated in a federal lawsuit for a district voting format to replace Fayette’s current at-large voting process. Read More»

F’ville works with county to smooth annexation issues

The large annexation of properties on Fayetteville’s northwest side is underway. Aspects of the proposed development for the area, specifically the Pinewood Atlanta studios property, will be the topic of a July 11 meeting to forge an intergovernmental agreement between Fayetteville and Fayette County.

Fayetteville Community Development Director Brian Wismer said the site plan for the Pinewood Atlanta development currently under construction was previously approved by Fayette County and subject to a series of conditions. Read More»

Fayette Commission honors three students

Fayette Commission honors three students

The Fayette County Commission Thursday honored three local students who will serve on a model regional commission during the upcoming school year. Front row (L-R): County Commission Chairman Steve Brown, Model ARC students Amelia Traylor, Ellie Klarl and Harrison Gibbs, Fayette ARC respresentative Bob Reeves and County Commissioner Charles Oddo. Back row: Tyrone Mayor Eric Dial and County Commissioners Randy Ognio, David Barlow and Allen McCarty. Photo/John Munford.

Former Fayette employee tossed from meeting for 'name calling'

County Commission Chairman Steve Brown, at right, ordered former county assistant finance director Emory McHugh, left, to leave Thursday’s commission meeting. Brown ejected McHugh from the room for “name calling” though McHugh was not vulgar. Photo/John Munford.

A recently fired Fayette County employee was thrown out of the county commission meeting Thursday night by commission Chairman Steve Brown after he was warned several times to avoid “name calling.”

Brown tossed former Assistant Finance Director Emory McHugh immediately after McHugh was speaking about County Administrator Steve Rapson and, referencing an entomological reference he made earlier about the name “Steve” said the following: “Remember, Steve is synonymous with deceitful.” Read More»

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