County

Mann goes public on issue with deputy coroner

It was not the usual type of topic to surface during the public comments portion of a meeting of the Coweta County Commission. But that was the venue chosen by county resident Judy Mann on who used the occasion on Sept. 8 to call into question the demeanor of Coweta County Deputy Coroner Della Dean in a conversation she had with Mann at Piedmont Newnan Hospital after the death of Mann’s husband. Mann said she requested but received no apology from Coroner Ray Yeager. Read More»

Coweta ESPLOST receipts edging up

A Sept. 13 report to the Coweta County Board of Education indicated that the recent downward trend in the school system’s collections of 1-cent sales tax (ESPLOST) revenues may have turned the corner.

Assistant Superintendent for Finance Keith Chapman told board members that on a year-to-year basis the overall picture shows the school system “still seeing good dollars coming in.” Read More»

Fayette may add notices for any new proposed celltower

Fayette County planning officials will be reviewing the relatively new celltower ordinance for possible changes, including the addition of a notification process for adjacent property owners.

The review comes on the heels of a new celltower under construction on Crabapple Lane, near several homes in Peachtree City’s Kedron Hills neighborhood. Read More»

Brown faults county for long practice of no-bid contracts

Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown.

Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown is challenging the county’s use of a single firm for engineering services for the Fayette County Water System without seeking bids for individual projects instead.

Brown in a letter to the county’s water committee said he finds the practice “to be unacceptable and not in the best interests of our taxpayers and water patrons.” Read More»

Resident urges notice for new county celltowers

N. PTC woman says she was unaware until she heard bulldozers

A north Peachtree City resident told the Fayette County Commission Wednesday that she first found out about a new celltower going up near her home when she heard the bulldozers clearing the land.

Maria Kachadurian, who lives in the Kedron Hills subdivision, argued that the county should overturn the administrative approval for the tower site on Crabapple Lane in favor of a competing application a short distance away on Farr Road.

The company behind the Farr Road tower site has filed an appeal that will be heard Sept. 19 by the county’s zoning board of appeals. Read More»

Brown opposes funding by county of feds’ office change

A federally-funded program providing nutritional aid to low-income families in Fayette County has outgrown its shared space with the Fayette County Health Department.

But Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown contends the county should not be donating an estimated “less than $5,000 in labor” to aid in relocating the local Women, Infants and Children (WIC) office to county-owned property on Lee Street in Fayetteville. Read More»

Familiar county roads getting new look as West F’ville Bypass arrives

Say hello to the next section of the West Fayetteville Bypass. Now under construction is the stretch that parallels a portion of Tillman Road (the narrow strip of roadway on the right). The current section runs from Sandy Creek Road and proceeds north, as pictured, extending to Eastin Road. Photo/Ben Nelms.

There is a new landscape beginning to emerge along the initial section of Phase 2 of the West Fayetteville Bypass. Virtually all the trees along the right-of-way and easement are down from Sandy Creek Road to Tillman Road to Eastin Road and work is expected to begin soon that will raise the grade of the road 4-to-6 feet on the north side of the section where it will intersect with Eastin Road. Read More»

County to review cell tower rules

Concern cited over lack of notice for new tower applications

Wednesday afternoon, the Fayette County Board of Commissioners will discuss concerns about the county’s current ordinance regulating cellphone towers. Read More»

Tyrone state Sen. Ronnie Chance honored

Tyrone state Sen. Ronnie Chance honored

Republican Sen. Ronnie Chance of Tyrone, right, was presented last week with the 2011 Legislative Service Award by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia. Chance was one of 11 legislators to receive the award this year for his role in helping legislation of importance to Georgia counties. The award was presented immediately prior to a meeting of the Fayette County Board of Commissioners. Photo/John Munford.

Despite taxpayers’ pleas, Fayette Commission adopts tax hike, 3–2

The Fayette County Commission got an earful last week from residents who opposed the property tax increases the board enacted on a 3-2 vote.

Several speakers urged the commission to reconsider using a new power granted by the legislature to shift funds from the county’s 2003 transportation sales tax to help avoid the tax increases entirely. Read More»