County

UPDATED: Fayette angling to keep Chris Snell on as county library head

UPDATED FOR PRINT EDITION for JULY 20 — Fayette County officials are trying to come up with Plan B to keep Fayette County Library Director Christeen Snell in her job past the end of this year.

County Manager Jack Krakeel explained that the county will be working toward retaining Snell, who was recently let go by the Flint River Regional Library System. Read More»

Coweta looks to increase roadside produce sales

The availability for Coweta County residents to purchase fresh produce from roadside stands will be the topic of an upcoming public hearing before the Coweta County Commission. A proposed ordinance amendment outlines the criteria for both temporary and permanent produce stands along county roadways. Read More»

Fayette County to pursue land acquisition policy

At the suggestion of Fayette County Commissioner Allen McCarty, county officials are going to pursue a written policy for how it handles land acquisition for all projects.
The commission agreed last week to pursue the policy, which McCarty said should be at least as stringent as those used by the Georgia Department of Transportation. Read More»

County to fix 'lodge' zoning rules

Commission gets update on library director position

With a light agenda this evening, the Fayette County Board of Commissioners agreed to have staff fix some inconsistencies in the zoning district for lodges and retreats.

County Director of Community Development Pete Frisina explained that the inconsistencies were inadvertently adopted when the county approved a wholesale set of tweaks to zoning laws back in December. The new changes will be run by the county planning commission and brought back for formal adoption by the commission at a later date, Frisina said. Read More»

County puts hold on stormwater decision

Citing a need for more information, the Fayette County Commission has postponed a decision to create a new stormwater utility and subsequent fee on residents of unincorporated Fayette County.

At its Wednesday workshop, several commissioners asked for specific data about the proposal, which would cost about $50 a year for the average size home. Read More»

Fayette eyes new stormwater fee at workshop today

Unincorporated areas face annual charge for runoff of rainwater

The Fayette County Commission may be adding a new bill for property owners in the unincorporated county. Read More»

Construction has begun on Phase II of West Fayetteville Bypass

Road construction crews are busy at what is still the intersection of Sandy Creek Road and Tillman Road and what will eventually be Sandy Creek at the West Fayetteville Bypass. The Tillman Road to Eastin Road section of Phase 2 is expected to be completed in approximately 15 months. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Motorists driving along Sandy Creek Road just north of Phase 1 of the West Fayetteville bypass have likely noticed road work underway at the intersection with Tillman Road.

Work on the new intersection marks the beginning of the Tillman Road to Eastin Road section of Phase 2. With most of the right-of-way secured, the Tillman/Eastin section is expected to be completed in approximately 15 months. Read More»

UPDATED: Budget ‘deficit’ for Fayette County?

Fayette by 3-to-2 OKs $88 million budget; Brown says it spends down reserves

UPDATED for June 29 print edition — On a 3-2 vote June 24, the Fayette County Commission adopted a total $88.6 million budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

The budget includes a new 911 tax district for all homes in Fayette County, with a 0.2 millage rate that would cost $19 a year on a home valued at $250,000. It would be assessed on all homes in the county because all are served by the county’s 911 system. Read More»

UPDATED: NO to ‘biggest tax break in Fayette history’

In a composite shot from file photos are (L) Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown and County Commission Chairman Herb Frady.

Brown’s sales tax shift killed 3-to-2; crowd criticizes West F’ville Bypass

UPDATED for June 29 print edition — The seats were packed for the June 23 Fayette County Commission meeting, but most left the meeting with their hopes unfulfilled.

The lion’s share of the crowd appeared to support an effort by Commissioner Steve Brown to use a new Georgia law to divert transportation sales tax money away towards a host of overdue county purchases and projects and/or a property tax break for citizens. Read More»

Fayette Commission in 3-to-2 vote says ‘no’ to referendum on shifting sales tax

A majority of the Fayette County Board of Commissioners refused Thursday night to allow a fall referendum in which voters could choose whether to divert remaining transportation sales tax funds as proposed by Commissioner Steve Brown.

Brown’s presentation came immediately before the commission’s public hearing on the budget after the board decided to handle Brown’s presentation first.

Ultimately the proposal was voted down by commissioners Herb Frady, Lee Hearn and Robert Horgan. Only Brown and Commissioner Allen McCarty voted in favor of the referendum. Read More»