Commissioner Brown denies NAACP ties

Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown, a former member of the Fayette County branch of the National Association of the Advancement for Colored People, says he informally dissolved his membership “years ago” over the group’s stance on district voting. Read More»

Fayette considers move to Justice Center

Current Stonewall complex in downtown Fayetteville would be sold for commercial use

In the next couple of years, its conceivable that some Fayette County offices could migrate to the currently unfinished third floor of the county’s justice center.

Doing so would empty the county’s Stonewall Avenue government offices, which the county could then put on the market, eventually putting the downtown property back on the tax rolls, county officials were told last week.

The building has a current-day commercial value of $6 million, according to a commercial appraiser, said County Administrator Jack Krakeel. Read More»

Commission qualifying dates to be delayed for map OK?

There is a chance that qualifying for the three seats on the Fayette County Commission will be delayed beyond the May 23-25 qualifying period. Read More»

Commission to hear Powers Crossroads expansion plans

The Coweta County Commission will hold a public hearing April 17 on a proposal aimed at expanding the number of events held per year on the Powers Crossroads Festival property in west Coweta County.

The public hearing will include the request to rezone the 60.35-acre property at Ga. Highway 34 and Thomas Powers Road from Rural Conservation (RC) and Old Commercial (C) to RC-SUP (Rural Conservation-Special Use Permit) and C-SUP (Commercial-Special Use Permit). If successful, the site will become the home for four major events per year and several minor events each month. Read More»

Shenandoah Blvd. in Newnan to get rehab

The rehabilitation of Shenandoah Boulevard was approved April 3 by a unanimous vote of the Coweta County Commission.

Commissioners approved the $1.337 million low bid by C.W. Matthews Contracting Co. that will rehabilitate the roadway between Ga. Highway 34 and Lower Fayetteville Road. Read More»

Coweta to replace X-ray system at Justice Center

Enough is enough. That’s what Coweta County commissioners thought April 3 when they voted unanimously to replace the X-ray inspection system at the Coweta County Justice Center after it recently experienced multiple failures. The low bid for the replacement system was nearly $42,000.

County IT Director Michael Fouts in an April 3 letter said the AutoClear system purchased in 2006 had experienced multiple failures in the past month, adding his recommendation that the unit be replaced. Read More»

ARC makes pitch about regional transportation sales tax

A proposed $8.5 billion 10-year regional transportation sales tax for the Atlanta area, including Fayette County, would address a number of bottlenecks that have made Atlanta’s traffic problem a negative mark for companies wishing to locate here, a representative of the Atlanta Regional Commission told the Fayette County Commission last week.

Some local residents were skeptical about the purported benefits. Read More»

Bad news for Fayette taxers: Digest devalued 10%

The news could hardly be worse for the tax levying entities in Fayette County. Figures from the Fayette County Tax Assessor’s Office show a 10.39 percent decrease in the value of real property for the 2012 tax digest. That translates into a drop of nearly $500 million in property value — mostly the same property but worth a lot less.

That means fewer tax dollars can be collected at current tax rates. Read More»

Time crunch as Fayette map awaits OK

If redrawn district map isn’t fast-tracked by Justice Dept., it can’t be used in July primaries

A big question mark hangs over three Fayette County Commission elections this year, including the shapes and sizes of the districts and whether current qualifying dates will hold. Read More»

Fayette Commission to get TSPLOST sales pitch

Eyes old jail repairs, spending $3.5 million finishing out Justice Center’s 3rd floor

At its workshop meeting this afternoon (April 4), the Fayette County Commission will hear a presentation from the Atlanta Regional Commission about the upcoming referendum for a regional transportation sales tax. Read More»