County

For county, McCarty, Coston spar about district voting

Candidates for the District 5 seat on the Fayette County Board of Commissioners (L-R) Pota Coston and incumbent Allen McCarty wait for instructions on electronic voting during a straw poll taken Saturday during a political forum. Photo/Lisa Fingeroot.

Transportation, voting methods, and the need to make Fayette County as attractive as possible to both business leaders and young people dominated a political forum where candidates vying for the District 5 county commission seat spoke on Saturday.

“This election is about the future of Fayette County,” said Pota Coston, the Democratic challenger to Republican incumbent Commissioner Allen McCarty.

“Many of us moved here because of the quality of life,” she said, adding that the campaign is about ways to grow the economy while protecting and increasing home values in Fayette County. Read More»

Scarecrow contest set to begin

County officials are looking for residents who wish to display their best scarecrows next to the public plaza and the county’s Administration Building in downtown Fayetteville.

A call has been issued by the Fayette County Public Arts Committee for citizens of all ages to participate. Individuals, families, schools, clubs, businesses, churches and other groups from anywhere in the county are eligible. Read More»

Fayette Commission votes $257K for sports field lights

The county’s ongoing mission to refurbish the lighting at its various outdoor sports facilities was addressed once again by the Fayette County Board of Commissioners at its Sept. 25 meeting.

A $257,000 project for Soccer Field No. 4 and Softball Field No. 6 at McCurry Park was given the go-ahead, with $125,000 coming from the FY2015 budget and the remainder from the McCurry Park Contingency Fund. The board approved a bid from Donald Camp, Inc. Read More»

Coweta gets good planning award

The Georgia Dept. of Community Affairs (DCA) on Sept. 30 announced Coweta County was among 10 cities and counties to be designated as “PlanFirst” communities based on successful planning initiatives.

“Good planning by local communities is the hallmark of economic growth,” said Gretchen Corbin, DCA Gretchen Corbin. “These are communities that can serve as statewide models for others in how to actively and strategically implement a vision for the future.” Read More»

Comm. Barlow sounds off on golf cart reciprocity issue

Fayette County Commissioner David Barlow. File photo.

Fayette County Commissioner David Barlow said last Thursday that he does not share the position of some of his colleagues regarding the lack of a reciprocal golf cart agreement with Peachtree City.

Referring to a story that ran in The Citizen a few weeks ago, Barlow said he is not among the “county officials” who are “frustrated” with the situation. He spoke about the issue during his regular comment time at the most recent Fayette County Board of Commissioners meeting. Read More»

Fayette Elections Board: NO Sunday voting here

Shutterstock early voting sign.

No action was taken by the Fayette County Board of Elections on a request by Rep. Virgil Fludd (D-Tyrone) to have polls open on Sunday, Oct. 26, for early voting.

Board members Addison Lester, Darryl Hicks and Chairman Marilyn Watts discussed the request at the Sept. 23 meeting, heard from a number of citizens who attended the meeting and reached a consensus that they did not have enough information to reach a decision on Fludd’s request. Read More»

BoC eyes $257K for athletic field lights

Shutterstock photo of a bank of field lights.

The Fayette County Board of Commissioners will consider spending $257,000 for lighting on two of McCurry Park’s athletic fields at Read More»

Fayette Commission to spotlight national anthem

Fayette Commission to spotlight national anthem

On the heels of the 200th anniversary of the creation of “The Star Spangled Banner,” the Fayette County Board of Commissioners will give special attention to the national anthem at Thursday night’s regular meeting.

Three representatives from McIntosh High School — Jackie Gray, Jennifer Kodak and TaNia Nash - will sing “The Star Spangled Banner” tomorrow night at the Board of Commissioners meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. at the county’s administrative complex, 140 Stonewall Avenue in Fayetteville. Read More»

Fayette County ethics board has vacancy

There is an open seat on the Fayette County Ethics Board for a three-year term that begins in early November.

The board is made up of three members and two alternate members, all of whom are volunteers, and meets on an as-needed basis but generally no more than once a year, according to county officials. Ethics board meetings take place at the Fayette County Administrative Complex, 140 Stonewall Avenue West, Suite 100, in Fayetteville.

The seat in question is available for a term beginning Nov. 8 of this year and expiring Nov. 7, 2017. Read More»

County passes $65M budget

Coweta County commissioners adopted a $65 million FY 2015 general fund budget on Sept. 16 without using fund balance.

The FY 2015 budget is essentially the same as the FY 2014 budget and does not use any fund balance, said finance director Hans Wilson.

The $2.6 million increase in revenues over the $62.34 million FY 2014 budget comes mainly from a $2 million increase in property taxes and a $715,000 increase in licenses and permits.

Wilson said the increase in property taxes stems from an increase in property values and from the revaluation of the county’s commercial properties. Read More»