Students sought for model regional commission

Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown is inviting all rising sophomores and juniors in local high schools to apply for the Model Atlanta Regional Commission (MARC) youth leadership program.

Now in its 15th year, the award-winning Model Atlanta Regional Commission brings together 50 teens from all 10 counties in the region for six months of study, debate and hands-on activities regarding regional issues and challenges. It gives teens an opportunity to learn more about the community in which they live while honing their leadership skills. Read More»

Fayette to consider 3 rezonings at Thursday meeting

A proposal to build a movie and TV production studio on Ga. Highway 138 near the Fayette-Clayton county line will be considered by the Fayette County Commission Thursday night. Read More»

Big tax change coming when you buy a new or used vehicle

Birthday tax to disappear on vehicles purchased after March 1

How — and when — you pay the ad valorem tax on your personal car or truck is about to change for some people, big time. How big a change will depend on when you bought your new or used car.

A new law that changes the way motor vehicles are taxed in Georgia will go into effect on March 1, 2013, according to the Georgia Department of Revenue.

Motor vehicles purchased on or after March 1, 2013 and titled in this state will be exempt from sales and use tax and the annual ad valorem tax, also known as the “birthday tax,” says GDR. Read More»

Coweta to test propane vehicles

It is something used by an increasing number of local governments as a way of offsetting high fuel prices. And in Coweta County, what essentially amounts to a demonstration project in will determine the cost-savings of transitioning 10 county vehicles to a fuel system that uses propane as an alternative to gas. Read More»

Brown appoints committee on disposition of old jail

Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown has empaneled a citizen commission to investigate whether the county should resuscitate its old jail facility or plan to expand the current jail facility.

The old jail has been mothballed since the county’s justice center opened in 2003 and it likely needs several hundred thousand dollars in repairs to be usable again.

In addition to the citizens on the committee, Brown said he has also asked Sheriff Barry Babb, who operates the jail, to participate as well either directly or through a designee. Read More»

Fayette commissioners to meet with department heads

The Fayette County Commission will host a day-long meeting with various county department heads Thursday in an effort to “get to know” their internal leaders and how each department functions.

The morning will start at 7:50 a.m. with presentations of approximately half an hour from the Emergency 911 center, the library, buildings and grounds and public works departments. Following a short break, the schedule resumes at 10:25 for the parks and recreation, fire and EMS departments along with the county’s water system. Read More»

Fees whip up a storm

Commission Chairman Steve Brown (back to the camera) explains a point to the overflow audience upset at new stormwater fees. Photo/John Munford.

Dozens demand answers, changes during hearing on stormwater fees; Brown: March 4 meeting may air alternatives to fees

They came angry and they came agitated, in no mood to hear why Fayette County was assessing a new stormwater fee on residents, businesses and churches in the unincorporated county.

Despite the contentious atmosphere in an overcrowded large meeting room Feb. 13, citizens got their chance to vent and suggest other ideas for funding the repair and replacement of miles upon miles of corrugated metal stormwater pipe that runs underneath roads. Read More»

Bonnell plans Newnan expansion

Bonnell Aluminum has long provided a business presence in Newnan. And now the company is set to expand its operations by investing $17 million to add an aluminum extrusion line to serve the automotive and light truck industries. Read More»

Lake McIntosh park landscaping approved

Lake McIntosh is now full and the bid for the landscaping project for the park facilities off TDK Boulevard have been approved by the Fayette County Commission.

Commissioners Feb. 14 approved a low bid of $73,268 for the landscaping work and a $5,000 maintenance agreement.

The base bid for landscaping for Lake McIntosh Park includes various plant materials, some rip rap for shore line protection along the lake front and chain-link fence on the Coweta County side of the lake. Read More»

Coweta adds film production guidelines

The increasing number of movie and television productions has led to the need for a set of guidelines for production companies wanting to use county property for filming and related activities. To that end, the Coweta County Commission approved the new guidelines at the Feb. 5 meeting.

Coweta County Convention and Visitors Bureau Director of Event Services Tray Baggarly in a recent letter said research on how other counties handle film projects led to the Film/Video Production Guidelines and the Film Location Agreement. Read More»