County

Coweta commissioners initiate look at pay increase

Outgoing Coweta County Commissioner Randolph Collins earlier this month surfaced the idea of increasing the pay for commissioners and tying it to a 10 percent of the salary earned by Superior Court judges. The caveat on his motion approved by a 3-2 vote was that, if subsequently approved the General Assembly, the measure would not take effect until 2015 after the terms of all serving commissioners had expired. Read More»

Coweta adopts new outside watering rules

The Coweta County Commission last week unanimously adopted an ordinance amendment on outside watering that will put the county in compliance with recent changes in state law. Though there are a number of exceptions included, the ordinance requires outside watering to be done between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m.

The ordinance pertains to the passage of Senate Bill 370 that was signed into law on June 1. The law requires that cities, counties and water suppliers incorporate into their ordinances the restrictions on watering outdoor landscaping. Read More»

McCarty, Brown make 10-point ‘Promise to constituents’

Newly-sworn Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown points to map of potential mass transit plans for metro Atlanta, including Fayette County. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Fayette County Commission chambers were full Monday morning as Commissioner-elect Allen McCarty and Commissioner-elect Steve Brown were sworn in by Probate Judge Ann Jackson. After the ceremony McCarty presented their pledge to Fayette County residents.

A 10-point pledge, “Our promise to our constituents,” outlined many of the issues raised by Brown and McCarty that led to their election in November. Read More»

Phase 3 West Fayetteville Bypass approved by commission

Phase III of the West Fayetteville Bypass in preliminary drawing at the county commission.

A preliminary alignment for the third and final phase of the West Fayetteville Bypass was approved by the Fayette County Commission Thursday night.

This will allow the county to seek the services of an engineering company to go into further detail to determine a final recommended path, which will be presented for a vote by the county commission at a later date. Read More»

Bypass opponents vow to stall project

With no federal lawsuit having been filed in court as initially promised, opponents of the West Fayetteville Bypass are adopting a different tactic instead: The Stall. Read More»

‘Conceptional path’ of west bypass 3rd phase up for vote

The final meeting of the year for the Fayette County Commission includes one more political hot potato for outgoing commissioners Eric Maxwell and Jack Smith.

County staff on Thursday will be presenting a proposed conceptual alignment for the third and final phase of the controversial West Fayetteville Bypass, which will stretch from just south of Ga. Highway 54 down to Ga. Highway 85 at Harp Road. Read More»

County asks PTC to shrink Parkway-Crosstown fix

At the request of the Fayette County Board of Commissioners, Peachtree City is looking to scale back its plans to improve the intersection of Peachtree Parkway and Crosstown Drive.

The city on Wednesday asked the commission to set aside $774,000 in remaining transportation SPLOST funds to add multiple turn lanes to the intersection. The city needed a quick answer to avoid losing more than $400,000 in state matching funds for the project. Read More»

Fayette considers use of old jail while repairing new facility

The Fayette County Board of Commissioners will study a proposal this afternoon that would result in making repairs to the old jail facility at the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office so it can be used to house inmates as gradual repairs are made to the “new” jail, which is already eight years old.

It will cost at least $30,000 to rejuvenate the old jail, including repairs to boilers, the air conditioning system and replacement of window frames, according to a memo circulated to commissioners. The county is also looking into the potential cost of repairs to heating and plumbing systems. Read More»

PTC wants cart path bridge, F’ville asks county for roundabout funds

From left, Fayette County Commission Chairman Jack Smith, Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix, and Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele.

Fayette County officials today (Wednesday) will hear a Peachtree City request for $1.8 million in funding for a new cart path bridge over Ga. Highway 54 West near the city limits and also to add more lanes to the intersection of Peachtree Parkway and Crosstown Drive.

The county is also slated for further discussion for a similar funding request from Fayetteville for a roundabout at Ga. Highways 92 and 85 and Hood Avenue, which would cost an estimated $6.93 million. Read More»

First woman magistrate for Fayette, Kathy Valencia, appointed

Newly appointed Magistrate Kathy Brown Valencia is joined by her husband and children along with Chief Superior Court Judge Christopher C. Edwards at the announcement of her selection. From left are: Victoria Valencia, Glenn Valencia, Christina Valencia, Judge-designee Kathy Brown Valencia, and Judge Edwards. Photo/Special.

Local attorney Kathy Brown Valencia has been appointed to fill a vacant judgeship in Fayette County Magistrate Court.

Valencia was officially appointed Nov. 24 by Fayette County Chief Superior Court Judge Christopher C. Edwards. As one of eight attorneys who were interviewed for the position, Valencia was the unanimous recommendation of the six judges who sat in on the interviews with Edwards, including the three current magistrates and the three other Superior Court judges. Read More»