County

‘Sneak’ vote on county pay hike illegal?

When the Fayette County Commission voted at its Oct. 28 meeting to authorize $579,000 for employee “pay for performance” raises, it did so without providing notice to the public in advance. The idea was suggested by Commission Chairman Jack Smith during a discussion that was advertised on the commission’s agenda as “Further discussion resulting from a previous request from staff concerning current account and fund balances for Fiscal Year 2010.” Read More»

The Fayette County Public Library honors Jack Smith

The word “advocate” was used a number of times by Chris Snell, director of the Fayette County Public Library, at an event last Friday evening. The event was a reception to honor the county commissioner who had been a staunch supporter of the library, Fayette County Commission Chairman Jack Smith.

The word advocate, according to Mr. Webster, means “a person who supports or speaks in favor, or who pleads for another.”

When Snell mentioned to Smith that the library was in desperate need of enlarging, Smith said let’s do it, and found the money. Read More»

Fayette Commission's unannounced non-agenda item: Raises for county workers

There was no way for the public to know what was coming Thursday night — since the item never appeared on a public agenda — but the Fayette County Commission unanimously approved Read More»

Ruppenthal named new chief magistrate

As Fayette County mourns the death of Chief Magistrate Charles Floyd, another local magistrate has been appointed to take his place.

Robert “Bob” Ruppenthal was appointed Monday as the new chief magistrate for the county, replacing Floyd, who passed away Oct. 27 unexpectedly at the age of 53.

Floyd was appointed to the position in 2002, becoming Fayette’s first-ever African-American judge. He subsequently was elected to the post in 2004 and won re-election in 2008.

The appointment was made by Chief Superior Court Judge Christopher C. Edwards, as prescribed by law. Read More»

Horgan gets censure, $200 fine for ethics violation

County commissioner previously pled guilty to misdemeanor marijuana possession, tag violation

Fayette County Commissioner Robert Horgan's fellow commissioners voted 4-0 tonight to levy a $200 fine and record a resolution of public censure as punishment for violating the county's ethics ordinance Read More»

Fayette Commission to decide on Horgan ethics penalty for pot smoking

The Fayette County Board of Commissioners is expected to rule on a potential penalty for Commissioner Robert Horgan, who was deemed by an independent panel to have violated the county’s ethics policy because of his May 2009 arrest for misdemeanor possession of marijuana and driving with an expired tag.

Horgan faces up to a $1,000 penalty per violation, and the panel of three attorneys deemed that Horgan violated the ethics ordinance on two occasions. Horgan may also be publicly censured by the commission as well. Read More»

Fayette spends $109K to study stormwater fees

Fayette County is taking another step toward establishing a stormwater utility, which will mean yet another bill for property owners in unincorporated Fayette County and the towns of Tyrone, Brooks and Woolsey.

The Fayette County Commission voted Thursday to spend $109,000 for a more detailed analysis of the county’s stormwater system that includes drainpipes, culverts and the like. In a presentation, consultant Dan Davis of Integrated Science and Engineering showed that some of the county’s stormwater system is deteriorating and will need to be repaired or replaced in the future. Read More»

5,000 sq. ft. expansion eyed for Fayette County Library

Officials are planning for a 5,000-square-foot expansion to the Fayette County Library in Fayetteville.

The renovations will be split up, with about 1,000 square feet added to the large meeting room that hosts a number of functions. The other 4,000 square feet will be added to create a new reading room on the opposite side of the library that will also create more room for bookshelves. Read More»

Gates, fencing OK’d for Kenwood Park in north Fayette

Facing security concerns from homeowners adjacent to Kenwood Park and also the Fayette County Recreation Commission, the Fayette County Board of Commissioners voted last week to install fencing in certain areas of the park including an electronic gate at the entrance and exit.

At a previous meeting the commission was told that county marshals have seen problems with people using the park after hours, necessitating the need for the security gate such as the one used at Lake Horton, for example. Read More»

Cell companies want two stealth towers in east Coweta

The Coweta County Commission next month will hear two rezoning requests that would locate two stealthy cell towers in east Coweta. The two requests were made by T-Mobile South and Skyway Towers. The requests conform to the cell tower ordinance adopted two years ago and are being recommended for approval by the county’s planning department.

Both applicants are requesting a special use permit on the Rural Conversation-zoned properties to place a 150-foot multi-user monopine (simulated pine tree) telecommunications tower with supporting ground equipment for wireless communications on the respective sites. Read More»