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Expert: East Bypass ‘a dead-end road’

Local resident and retired road builder David Wimmer displays a map highlighting the current alignment for the East Fayetteville Bypass and his proposals to lengthen it. Photo/John Munford.

To be a ‘bypass’ it must — but does not — connect hwys. 85 & 92 south of F’ville, retired road builder contends

[RELATED STORY — County Commission prepares to vote on preliminary East Bypass route]]

Fayette County resident David Wimmer contends that the $39.4 million East Fayetteville Bypass, as currently conceived, is not a bypass at all.

“It’s really a dead-end road,” Wimmer said of the current bypass alignment, noting that the southern end halts at the rural intersection of County Line Road/Inman Road and South Jeff Davis Drive at the south end. Read More»

Coweta Solicitor: witness per diem, mileage rates unconstitutional

Coweta County commissioners at an informal Feb. 10 work session heard proposals from a number of county departments, including one from Solicitor Robert Stokely suggesting that current per diem and mileage rates paid to court witnesses are too low and unconstitutional. Pictured (from left) are county manager Theron Gay and commissioners Bob Blackburn, Al Smith, Rodney Brooks, Tim Lassetter and Paul Poole.

A request by Coweta County Solicitor Robert Stokely to members of the Coweta County Commission to increase the per diem and mileage rates paid to court witnesses went nowhere fast at the commission’s Feb. 10 work session. With little discussion by the commission, the request to increase the per diem rate paid to witnesses was not addressed, but a motion was made to raise the mileage rate to conform with current IRS rates. That motion failed on a 2-3 vote. Read More»

McCarty says bypass residents face county ‘intimidation’

At Thursday night’s meeting of the Fayette County Commission, new Commissioner Allen McCarty accused a county contractor of using “intimidation” tactics in efforts to acquire land for the second phase of the West Fayetteville Bypass.

RELATED STORIES —

• He’s a commissioner but county wants McCarty’s land, too.

• Widow feels singled out for bypass condemnation after filing suit Read More»

Fayette County manager: Raise taxes to cover coming budget crunch

Property tax revenues for Fayette County government are expected to take another dip again this year, putting further pressure on the county budget. Read More»

He’s a commissioner but county wants McCarty’s land, too

Fayette County Commissioner Allen McCarty, who has opposed construction of the second phase of the West Fayetteville Bypass, may turn out to be the very first citizen whom the county takes to court over property acquisition for the project. Read More»

Back from the dead: East F’ville Bypass

Shelved for the controversial West Bypass, $39.4M project finds new federal, state funds

Adopting a new strategy, Fayette County staff is projecting to have enough money left from the 2003 transportation sales tax to complete the proposed East Fayetteville Bypass. Read More»

Widow feels singled out for bypass condemnation after filing suit

It has been back and forth since October between Fayette County and Tillman Road property owner Charlene Denney over a portion of her land the county wants for right-of-way for Phase 2 of the West Fayetteville Bypass. Now five months later, little has changed to correct the impasse.

Referencing what is essentially a stalemate, the county’s land acquisition agent Diana Hunt on Jan. 30 said she would be recommending that the county initiate legal proceedings to acquire the property. Read More»

Commissioners decide to give each other 5 minutes to talk at meetings' end

Settling a contentious issue among the five-member Fayette County Board of Commissioners, an agreement has been struck to allow each commissioner five minutes at the end of each meeting to speak on any matter he wishes.

The deal was brokered at the onset of Friday’s retreat meeting of the commission, as Commissioner Steve Brown has recently complained he has no avenue to address certain county matters, specifically those that aren’t up for consideration on the commission’s agenda. Read More»

Coweta Commission to hear Hwy. 34 commercial request Feb. 15

The Coweta County Commission will hear a proposal on Feb. 15 that developers hope will result in the rezoning of nearly 30 acres for a commercial development along the north side of Ga. Highway 34 at Hollz Parkway a short distance to the east of Walt Sanders Memorial Drive. The request includes the establishment of a new car dealer on the site.

The proposal by JHP Family Investments, LLC for Jackson Place, will be presented at the Feb. 15 public hearing in the commission chambers. Read More»

Brown’s bypass discussion on County Commission agenda

Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown will get his wish: a chance to espouse on the West Fayetteville Bypass during a commission meeting.

The topic appears on the “reports” section at the end of the commission’s agenda for its regular meeting Thursday night, which begins at 7 p.m.

At the commission’s Jan. 27 meeting, Chairman Herb Frady refused to let Brown address the bypass during the reports section of the meeting, noting in part that the matter had not been placed on the agenda in time. Read More»

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