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»

F’ville proposes annexing new Panera Bread site

Fayetteville is on track to welcome yet another restaurant near the Fayette Pavilion.

Panera Bread is planning to come to the intersection of Ga. Highway 85 and Ellis Road. A representative of the company is requesting an annexation into Fayetteville of an adjacent lot located to the rear of the site. Read More»

Gay gives Coweta economic update

Coweta County Administrator Theron Gay last week provided an overview of 2012 economic and other accomplishments across Coweta to members of the Newnan Kiwanis Club. The report showed Coweta in better shape than many of its neighbors.

A sampling of Gay’s report spanned areas that included an overview of countywide activities, the county’s economy and local government, transportation and recreational, cultural and social issues. Read More»

Coweta to help fund UWG satellite campus

Plans by the University of West Georgia to establish a satellite campus in Newnan at the old Newnan Hospital moved a step closer to reality Feb. 5 when the Coweta County Commission signed an intergovernmental agreement to have the county contribute $535,000 to the project. Read More»

Big Dig, Part 2, continues for West Fayetteville Bypass

The bridge over Whitewater Creek on the West Fayetteville Bypass located just north of Eastin Road is about 10 percent complete while the grading and other work on the remaining section of Phase 2 extending from Eastin Road to Ga. Highway 92 is well underway. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Motorists traveling in north Fayette County in the areas of Eastin Road and Lee’s Mill Road have long noticed road construction work being performed on a section of the West Fayetteville Bypass. Fayette County Public Works Director Phil Mallon on Monday provided an overview of the work underway on Phase 2 of the new roadway that runs from Sandy Creek Road to Ga. Highway 92. Read More»

‘Data wipe’ probe now at a standstill

Fayette County officials have been unable to recover the information that was “wiped” from the computer hard drives used by former county staff attorney Scott Bennett.

That essentially has stalled a probe by the county marshal’s department, which conducts in-house investigations for county government.

Chief Marshal Ed Collins noted that he will keep the investigation open for now, but since Bennett had permission from then-county manager Jack Krakeel to wipe the data off the two hard drives, there is no criminal case to be made for either theft or misuse of government property. Read More»

5-0 against district voting in commissioners’ poll

The use of at-large voting to elect Fayette County commissioners remains the preference of the new county commission, according to interviews conducted by The Citizen this week.

However, the commissioners have recognized that some citizens, particularly African-Americans, have felt unrepresented in the past and thus the new commission is “reaching out” to them in an effort to be more inclusive. That effort has meant Read More»

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