7 months of detours ahead as Kenwood bridge is replaced

Motorists on Kenwood Road north of Fayetteville will face about seven months of detours as a contractor will be replacing the bridge over Morning Creek.

The project will cost just shy of $1.4 million and is necessary because of problems with the existing bridge structure, county officials said. The low bidder on the project, McCarthy Improvement Company, was approved by the Fayette County Commission May 23. Read More»

Fayette undecided on appeal of district voting loss

The Fayette County Commission has decided to wait a short time before making a decision on whether to appeal a federal judge’s ruling that will force the use of district voting for all future elections for both the county commission and the county board of education.

The commission met Thursday for more than an hour with the specialized law firm it had engaged to handle the litigation Read More»

$320K to fix stinky water

Sludge-filled lagoons, other problems found at PTC water treatment plant; officials initially blamed wrong lake

Fayette County’s smelly, foul-tasting water problem seems to be abating, and steps are being taken to address the issue that were recommended by a consultant and approved by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. Read More»

Retail-office plan OK'd for Hwy. 34, Ruth Drive

The requirements needed for the construction of a 9,600 sq. ft. retail and professional center on Ga. Highway 34 and Ruth Drive were approved Tuesday by the Coweta County Commission.

The request by 75 Jackson, LLC centered on a rezoning request for C-3 (Commercial Retail District) from the current RC (Rural Conservation) zoning. The 2.14-acre site is located at the intersection of Ruth Drive and Hwy. 34, just east of Sullivan Road. Read More»

Commission to get first crack at budget Thursday

Thursday at 5 p.m., the Fayette County Commission will conduct its first workshop meeting on the 2013-2014 budget proposed by County Manager Steve Rapson.

The meeting will be at the county’s Stonewall government complex in downtown Fayetteville.

No property tax increase is planned and the budget is projected to add $728,964 to the county’s reserve fund by the end of the year, providing $33.48 million in reserve and rainy day funds. Read More»

Federal judge orders district voting in Fayette

Fayette County is about to get district voting for all five seats on both the Fayette County Commission and the Fayette County Board of Education.

County Commission Chairman Steve Brown, while expressing his astonishment that the federal judge brushed past a significant legal hurdle to find for the plaintiffs, said Tuesday afternoon that an appeal is not certain. Read More»

Fayette's stormwater problems not that bad, Chase says

Fayette County’s stormwater problems are neither that urgent nor that extensive, says retired biologist Dennis Chase, an occasional Citizen columnist and outspoken advocate for environmental issues.

That caution has been added to the conversation surrounding Fayette County’s proposed stormwater SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) that could face voter scrutiny in November.

Chase says the project needs have been significantly overstated. Read More»

Fayette: No tax increase

Fayette County’s proposed 2013-2014 budget will avoid a property tax increase and also will be balanced due to a host of personnel cuts across county departments.

The county has eliminated 32 full-time positions, shrinking the government force to 706 full-time and 13.3 part-time employees. At the same time, the budget has made room for a new information systems analyst for information technology along with an assistant water plant manager as required by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, officials said. Read More»

Refunds for stinky water? No, says Chairman Brown

As Fayette County’s odorous tap water problem has extended into its second week, Read More»

Coweta administrator honored for service

Coweta County Administrator Theron Gay was recently awarded the 2013 Jerry R. Griffin Excellence in Public Service Award by the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia. Pictured, from left, are ACCG Executive Director Ross King, Theron Gay and Walton County Commission Chairman and ACCG 1st Vice President Kevin Little. Photo/Special.

Longtime Coweta County Administrator Theron Gay has been named as the recipient of the 2013 Jerry R. Griffin Excellence in Public Service Award by the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG). The award is given to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the citizens of Georgia through public service in county government.

Gay received the award during the recent 2013 ACCG conference in Savannah. Read More»