Fayette ‘finds’ money for East Fayetteville Bypass

The catch: Not enough money left to finish controversial West Bypass if Fayette uses local funds for East Bypass

County staff have devised a plan that would allow the East Fayetteville Bypass to be built only with local dollars at a significant savings from the initial cost, but doing so would eat up the remaining transportation sales tax funds, leaving the final phase of the West Fayetteville Bypass undone for now. Read More»

Fayette Commission asked for help in keeping onion-odor plant shut

A local resident wants the Fayette County Commission to help ensure that a controversial chemical waste treatment plant just across the Fayette-Fulton County line remains mothballed.

In June 2006, nearly 800 residents of north and central Fayette County and south Fulton County were sickened by what they insisted were chemical releases from the Philip Services Corp. (PSC) waste treatment plant on Ga. Highway 92 near Fairburn. Read More»

After unexpected insurance rate hikes, S. Fayette fire rating back to normal now

ISO ratings for fire districts have a direct impact on the insurance premium paid by property owners. The higher the rating, the more costly the premium.

And that is what residents of Brooks and south Fayette County saw after the fire district for Station 6 was recently rated with Read More»

Fayette’s new 5-district map dead for session; Rep. Fludd blames legal organ foul-up for bill’s demise

State Rep. Virgil Fludd (D-Tyrone).

The new five-district map approved by the Fayette County Commission on Feb. 14 will not come to fruition this year.

Although the commission met a Feb. 15 deadline to submit the new commission district map to the Georgia legislature for consideration, the associated legislation couldn’t be introduced until after a public notice ad ran in the county’s legal organ, according to Rep. Virgil Fludd, D-Tyrone.

That legal notice was not published until Feb. 29, which didn’t give enough time for the bill to be approved by both sides of the legislature, and be signed by the governor, Fludd said. Read More»

Milestone project approved for I-85/Poplar Rd. interchange

The Coweta County Commission on March 6 helped move the county one step closer to what is planned to be a new interchange along I-85 and Poplar Road. Commissioners approved a required $47,717 value engineering study that must precede the interchange project concept report. Read More»

Fayette County employees to pay more in medical costs

Fayette County Administrator Jack Krakeel.

Fayette County employees will retain the same medical insurance premiums for the coming year, but they will end up paying more out of pocket for services under a new plan approved by the county commission last month.

The county is transitioning away from a 100 percent payment for hospitalization, knocking that figure down to 90 percent. That means that employees will have to pay 10 percent of the discounted medical bill going forward, officials explained to the Fayette County Commission Feb. 23. Read More»

Barlow to challenge for Frady’s commission position

Tyrone resident David Barlow has announced he will seek the Post 2 seat on the Fayette County Commission currently held by veteran politician Herb Frady.

Frady for his part said he has not decided whether he will run for re-election.

There’s no arguing that Barlow and Frady are on opposite ends of the political spectrum, as Barlow sides with the vision of current commissioners Steve Brown and Allen McCarty. Read More»

Ognio will run for Post 3 commission seat held by Hearn

Local businessman Randy Ognio has decided to run for the Post 3 seat on the Fayette County Commission currently held by Lee Hearn. Read More»

Fayette Commission OKs new voting districts map; no at-large posts

Although Fayette residents will retain the right to vote on all five county commission seats, there is a significant change tied to the new commission district maps approved by commissioners last week.

The new five-district map would require all commission candidates to seek only the post for the corresponding district in which they live. Currently under its existing three-district map, the commission has two at-large seats that are not tied to a district residency requirement. Read More»

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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