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Commissioner Hearn defends West Bypass decision

Switch in priorities done at public meeting in January 2009, Hearn says

A source of confusion and consternation for opponents of the West Fayetteville Bypass has been over how, when and why the Fayette County Commission decided to proceed with the project instead of the East Fayetteville Bypass. Read More»

Commission votes 3-to-2 to leave West F’ville Bypass as is

Commission votes 3-to-2 to leave West F’ville Bypass as is

UPDATED April 6 for online — A bid to fully fund construction of the East Fayetteville Bypass, at the expense of more than a dozen other transportation projects, fell flat on a 3-2 vote by the Fayette County Commission.

Commissioner Steve Brown has argued that the East Fayetteville Bypass was always considered to be the top priority for the entire county, while the West Fayetteville Bypass, now under construction, was chiefly for future development. Read More»

County leaves East bypass alone

Bid fails 3-2 to move project ahead of West bypass, others

A bid to fully fund construction of the East Fayetteville Bypass, at the expense of more than a dozen other transportation projects, fell flat on a 3-2 vote by the Fayette County Commission.

Commissioner Steve Brown has argued that the East Fayetteville Bypass was always considered to be the top priority for the entire county, while the West Fayetteville Bypass, now under construction, was chiefly for future development. Read More»

Fischer Crossings back on Coweta Commission agenda

Fischer Crossings is back on the agenda at the Coweta County Commission. A public hearing scheduled for April 5 may or may not lead to a resolution of the issue related to the placement of a Kohl’s department store, other retailers and ball fields on the portion of the Fischer Crossings commercial development located on the northeast corner of Fischer Road and Ga. Highway 34 in east Coweta County. Read More»

Brown: Fund East Bypass by ditching West Bypass

An effort to steer Fayette County’s remaining transportation sales tax funds toward the East Fayetteville Bypass — and away from the West Fayetteville Bypass — was introduced last week by Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown and then tabled by the full commission. Read More»

Refi saves county $3M on justice center/jail bonds

Taking advantage of lower interest rates and other factors, the Fayette County Commission voted last week to refinance the county’s justice center and jail expansion.

In doing so, the county will see a $2.6 million savings this year along with another $1 million plus over the next three fiscal years, the commission was told Thursday night. Read More»

Fayette County mulls water rate hike to pay for cleaner water

Facing a critical $9.3 million project to improve both of Fayette County’s water treatment plants, county officials are beginning to look at a potential rate increase for water system customers. Read More»

Rawson Road temporarily closed for road work

Coweta County road crews on Wednesday began working on a collapsed drain pipe on Rawson Road that has required the temporary closure of the street. The pipe is expected to be replaced and the road re-opened on March 16.

Coweta County Road Department Director William Cawthorne in a March 4 letter said the cross drain pipe had completely collapsed and is causing the roadway to be undermined which could lead to the collapse of the roadway.

Approximately a quarter-mile in length, Rawson Road intersects with Bob Smith Road approximately one mile north of Willis Road in east Coweta. Read More»

Hwy. 34 resurfacing contract awarded

A seven-mile road resurfacing project for portions of Ga. Highway 34 in Newnan and east Coweta County was announced Monday by the Georgia Dept. of Transportation (DOT). At nearly $5 million, the project was one of 31 approved at a total cost of $57 million.

The Hwy. 34 project will extend from Jackson Street in Newnan to east of Ga. Highway 154 in the Thomas Crossroads area.

The 6.99-mile project low bid for $4,879,800 was awarded to Marietta-based C.W. Matthews Contracting Co, Inc. Read More»

Frady says he will ‘wait and see’ on his support for regional tax

Fayette County Commission Chairman Herb Frady said he will not yet commit to supporting an initiative to implement a 10-county regional transportation sales tax.

Instead, Frady wants to see the final list of projects that would be funded in Fayette County with sales tax revenue. That list, however, won’t be finalized for a matter of several months.

“If we don’t get the money back that we’re putting into it, we won’t support, and you’ll know that before you have to vote,” Frady said.

Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele has taken the same stance. Read More»