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County Commission may shift money from west bypass to east bypass

Fayette County transportation officials are recommending that up to $12.8 million in potential federal funds be shifted away from the West Fayetteville Bypass to the proposed East Fayetteville Bypass, if the regional T-SPLOST fails at the polls July 31.

The suggestion will be taken up for a vote of the Fayette County Commission at its regular meeting Thursday, July 26, at 7 p.m. at the county’s Stonewall government complex in downtown Fayetteville. Read More»

Coweta approves school proposals

The new school year is approaching and with it the Odyssey Charter School received a variance from the Coweta County Commission on July 10 that will add three temporary modular classrooms. Also at the meeting, Resurrection Lutheran Church in east Coweta received a conditional use permit to that paves the way for establishing a preschool on the church property.

Commissioners unanimously approved a variance request by Odyssey Charter School for the placement of three temporary modular units on school property that do not meet facade requirements contained in the zoning category. Read More»

Recession still hampers Twelve Parks development

The effects of the longstanding recession are evident in many places. That is especially true in the area of residential development. It was in light of that reality that the Coweta County Commission recently agreed to let CRM Central Properties, the owner of the planned Twelve Parks residential and commercial development on Ga. Highway 54, hold off a while on making initial payments that will go toward area infrastructure improvements. Initial payments are now due in March 2015. Read More»

Fouts named new Coweta assistant administrator

Michael Fouts, new assistant administrator for Coweta County. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Michael Fouts has been promoted to assistant administrator for Coweta County. Fouts was previously director of IT and had been moved to administration to assist on a short term basis while assistant administrator Kelly Mickle was out on maternity leave. He will fill a previously vacant assistant administrator position. Read More»

Krakeel returns as interim Fayette Co. administrator

Goodbye, Fayette County Administrator Jack Krakeel. Hello, Interim Administrator Jack Krakeel.

Recently retired Fayette County Administrator Jack Krakeel is back after taking early retirement and leaving his position July 1. Read More»

GDOT approves Poplar Road, I-85 interchange

The Georgia Dept. of Transportation (DOT) on Tuesday issued an approval for the concept plan required to move ahead with the full-diamond interchange project at Poplar Road and Interstate 85. The approval means the design plan can be developed and right-of-way acquisition areas identified.

The DOT approval came three weeks after the Coweta County Commission amended the agreement with consulting firm CHA to include the scope of services for the preliminary design phase for the planned interchange at I-85 and Poplar Road, the location of the new Piedmont Newnan Hospital. Read More»

Coweta roads to get rehab work

Nearly a dozen roads across Coweta County will soon get some needed repair work. The Coweta County Commission on July 10 approved a $2.98 million bid to perform full-depth reclamation and other rehabilitation road work.

The bid by E.R. Snell totaling $2,984,841 and funded through the county’s 1-cent sales tax (SPLOST) was the lowest of the three bids received.

The work will consist of full depth reclamation, patching, crack relief interlayer and plant mix resurfacing, according to county Development and Engineering director Wayne Kennedy. Read More»

Bush prompts proclamation from Coweta Commission

Coweta County resident Lindsey Bush in joined by her family and friends and the Coweta County Commission as they proclaimed July to be “Brain Injury Awareness Month” in Coweta. Pictured, from left, are Commissioner Bob Blackburn, Commissioner Rodney Brooks, Janie Tutterow, Lori Bush, Chris Bush, Lindsey Bush, Brianna Bush, Commissioner Paul Poole, Commissioner Al Smith and Commissioner Tim Lassetter. Photo/Special.

Coweta County resident Lindsey Bush made such an impression on the Coweta County Commission in June that the commission in its subsequent meeting voted to proclaim July as “Brain Injury Awareness Month” in Coweta County. Read More»

Fayette Commission ponders its next county manager

What might be the most interesting item at the July 12 meeting of the Fayette County Commission will involve a discussion on securing an interim county administrator until a replacement for recently retired County Administrator Jack Krakeel can be found.

Krakeel’s early retirement was effective July 1. Having previously announced his intent to retire, the commission has been advertising for the position in state and national publications.

Krakeel at one point had considered staying on past the end of June but subsequently decided to end his 26 years with the county effective July 1. Read More»

Commission candidates on defensive at Tea Party forum

Several candidates for the three seats on the Fayette County Commission found themselves on the defensive at the June 19 candidate forum hosted by the Fayette County Local Issues Tea Party. Read More»