Bid to fix moldy jail approved

The mold problem in the inmate shower areas at the Fayette County Jail should soon be a thing of the past. Fayette County commissioners on April 12 approved a bid to remediate the problem.

Commissioners in October authorized the funds to research and remediate the mold in the various shower areas in the jail. The vote Thursday night awarded Mallet Consulting to serve as the project manager and MC’s Painting to handle the mold remediation and repairs in the shower areas. Read More»

Fayette avoids water bill hike for new equipment

Fayette County water customers won’t be facing a water bill hike to fund $9 million in federally-mandated improvements to the county’s two water treatment plants.

Instead the cost will be covered in large part by savings from a refinancing of the county’s 2002 bond series, which has $15.59 million outstanding and now will have a lower interest rate.

The bonds were authorized by the Fayette County Commission at its meeting March 22. They were rated AA bonds by both Moody’s Investor Service and Standard and Poors, county consultants said. Read More»

Early retirement could save Fayette $1.6 million a year

Fayette County officials are hoping that an early retirement program for 44 employees will save a significant chunk of cash in the upcoming fiscal year budget.

If all 44 qualified employees retire, the county could save more than $1.6 million in salary on an annual basis. But County Administrator Jack Krakeel cautioned the county commission late last month that while some of the positions would be eliminated, others would require that a new employee be hired to take the former employee’s spot, although at a cheaper cost than the retiring employee. Read More»

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»

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