County

Fayette’s in-house attorney gets 6-months severance on 4-1 vote

The Fayette County Commission voted 4-1 Thursday night to sever the contract with the county’s staff attorney Scott Bennett.

Under Bennett’s contract, he will receive six months worth of severance pay, which equals $67,500. Commissioner Steve Brown cast the sole vote against the measure.

Commissioner Robert Horgan told The Citizen that the move was due to a belief that Bennett’s job will be in jeopardy in January because of problems that have occurred between Brown and Bennett. Read More»

Fayette OKs $1.8 million for new bridge and road

A $1.79 million bid to realign part of Westbridge Road and build a new bridge over Morning Creek was approved by the Fayette County Commission Thursday night.

The realignment will remove a sharp curve that has been cited as a public safety hazard on the stretch of road in north Fayette County.

Once complete, the road and bridge will meet design requirements for a speed limit of 45 mph, according to county officials. Read More»

Race now part of dispute roiling Fayette Commission

Pota Coston, former Tyrone Council candidate, Democratic Party secretary and one of the alternates to the county ethics board. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Citizens question county ethics appointees; Commission urged to ‘redo’ process, seek and interview applicants Read More»

Lower F’ville Rd. to close for bridge replacement

Get ready for a 9-month detour on Lower Fayetteville Road. The portion of the road near Fischer Road in east Coweta County will be closed beginning Nov. 26 so that crews can replace the bridge over Shoal Creek.

Construction crews will close the bridge on Lower Fayetteville Road over Shoal Creek beginning November 26. 

The detour route will be Bob Smith Road to Stewart Road to Ga. Highway 54 to Fischer Road. Read More»

Coweta opens expanded animal control facility

Coweta County Animal Control Maj. Steve Orr takes a minute to play with Gabby while her friend Masey looks on. These are two of the dogs, along with a number of cats, hoping for a new home. For more information on adopting a dog or cat call the shelter at 770-254-3735. Photo/Ben Nelms.

“We’ve come a long way.” That was how Coweta County Animal Control Director Bill McKenzie noted the recent expansion of the county’s animal control facility. The expanded facility opened in September and can now accommodate 92 dogs and 92 cats.

The expansion came with a $250,000 price tag, half of which utilized county funds while the remaining half came from the Holland Ware Foundation. The expansion included a new intake building, additional parking space and drainage upgrades, McKenzie said. Read More»

Horgan files open meetings complaint over county mgr. interviews

Says 2 sitting commissioners 'should have known better'; asks for fine, penalties Read More»

Smith wins reelection to Coweta County Commission

In Coweta County, voters returned incumbent Democrat Al Smith to the District 5 post on the County Commission.

Smith defeated Republican Hayden Marlowe to retain his seat.

Coweta reported a turnout of more than 75 percent, with 55,774 voters casting ballots.

Here are the numbers:

Coweta County Commission (District 5)

Al Smith (incumbent Democrat) – 4,126 (53.91%)

Hayden Marlowe (Rep) - 3,528 (46.09%)

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Romney – 39,663 (71.40%)

Obama - 15,156 (27.30%)

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Charter amendment

Yes – 35,399 (65.85%)

No – 18,360 (34.15%) Read More»

Fayette to pick ethics board to hear complaint against county attorney Bennett

Fayette County commissioners are expected to appoint three ethics board members and two alternates so a hearing may be convened on a complaint lodged against Fayette County Attorney Scott Bennett.

The commission is expected to appoint the ethics board members at its Nov. 7 workshop meeting. Read More»

Water system shuts down well in heart of PTC

Who would have thought that one of the Fayette County Water system’s two wells would be located on the property of the First Presbyterian Church in Peachtree City? Well, it is, but not for long. The low-output Willowbend well is being shut down after tests since 2009 showed small, but reportable, quantities of an industrial solvent in the water. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Fayette County Commission on Oct. 11 unanimously approved a recommendation by Fayette County Water System Director Tony Parrott to shut down the Willowbend well in Peachtree City. Read More»

Former NAACP lawyer goes after Fayette’s attorney on ethics

An ethics complaint against County Attorney Scott Bennett has been lodged by Fayette County residents Richard and Judith Moore.

The complaints center on a beef between Bennett and the Moores’ attorney, Wayne Kendall, who at one point represented several other county residents and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in a still-pending lawsuit filed against the county that seeks to enact district voting in lieu of at-large voting in Fayette County for seats on the county commission and the board of education. Read More»