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Frady, Hearn defend county’s new at-large voting district map

Composite shows Fayette County commissioners (from top clockwise) Steve Brown, Lee Hearn, Herb Frady and Robert Horgan.

Last week, two Fayette County Commissioners defended the current at-large voting method against the district voting scheme proposed by a lawsuit filed by the Fayette County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

It marked the first time any commissioner has publicly spoken out about the matter since the lawsuit was filed Aug. 9 last year.

In defense of at-large voting, Commission Chairman Herb Frady said he felt that if he can vote to spend county taxpayers’ money, “you should be able to vote me in or out of office.”
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Fayette to decide on medical insurance provider for staff

The Fayette County Commission is expected to switch its medical insurance administration provider for the county’s self-insurance plan for county employees.

In 2010 the county chose to go the self-insured route, which sets aside funding for claims which are processed by a third party.

For the coming plan year, the county is expected to switch from Meritain to Humana, which had the lowest bid by $592,000. A formal decision is expected at the county commission meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. at the county’s Stonewall government complex in downtown Fayetteville. Read More»

Fayette tax digest drops 8%

Decline in value of property translates into lower income for local governments

The tax digest numbers are in and they forecast more belt-tightening for all Fayette County governments in 2012. Read More»

Commission OK’s five-district map; retains at-large voting process

Despite several concerns that the process was “rushed” with little advance notice, a new voting district map was approved tonight by the Fayette County Commission.

The map breaks the county into five separate county commission districts but the commission will retain at-large voting, which allows all voters the ability to vote on all five county commission races.

County officials said the map needed to be approved tonight in time to submit the next day for consideration by the Georgia legislature. The legislature’s deadline to accept such matters is February 15, officials said. Read More»

Fayette Commission signals no lawsuit settlement

It is almost a certainty that the Fayette County Commission and the Fayette County NAACP will be duking it out in federal court.

The commission announced last week that it intends to keep the at-large voting method for all five county commission seats. That is the exact opposite of the remedy sought by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in a lawsuit filed in August against the county commission and also the Fayette County Board of Education. Read More»

Detailed commission district map proposals published

Commissioners to vote Tuesday night on maps that would create three or five at-large districts

Fayette County officials have released more detailed maps depicting the two options for new county commission districts that will be considered tomorrow night by the commission.

The new maps are attached at the bottom of this story in a PDF format Read More»

Fayette Commission questions zoning at Hwys.74-85

County staff and the planning commission will soon begin evaluating possible zoning changes to land surrounding the intersection of Ga. highways 74 and 85 south along with the newly realigned Padgett Road.

That’s the intersection southeast of the Starr’s Mill school complex and just west of the historic structure known as Starr’s Mill. Read More»

County to fight NAACP voting lawsuit?

It appears the Fayette County Commission will fight the district voting lawsuit filed by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

The commission next week will vote on one of two new commission district maps, both of which would retain at-large voting for all commission seats. The NAACP suit wants to eliminate at-large voting in favor of district voting. Read More»

Local Coweta SPLOST vote just a month away

The date for Coweta County voters to have their say on extending the county 1-cent sales tax is fast approaching. The March 6 Presidential Preference Primary will also be the day when voters decide on the local six-year SPLOST extension that would raise up to $120 million for a variety of recreation, public safety, information technology and road improvement projects in the county’s municipalities and unincorporated areas. Read More»

Fayette rec board: Survey intended ‘for info only’

County recreation officials have amended the online recreation needs survey to emphasize that there are no plans to implement any of the potential improvements proposed in the document.

The change is a reaction to concerns about survey questions which ask whether residents would support a 1 percent special local option sales tax, a bond issue or more taxes to fund recreation improvements.

Officials are now saying that the intent of those questions is “for information purposes only,” according to a letter submitted to The Citizen Tuesday by the Fayette County Recreation Commission. Read More»

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