County

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»

Commission approves stealth cell towers

Coweta County commissioners, county planning staff and consultants discuss the specifics of a monopine cell tower to be operated by Skyway Towers that was later approved for an 11-acre site on Lora Smith Road.

The Coweta County Commission in the past two weeks has approved the installation of two 150-foot monopine cell phone towers in east Coweta. The approvals were preceded by objections by nearby residents.

Constructed to take the shape of a pine tree, the monopine cell tower on Parks Road proposed by T-Mobile was approved unanimously by commissioners despite the objections of a number of nearby residents citing their opposition to the tower on the basis of health and safety issues, sight pollution and the inappropriate use of the zoning district. Read More»

Maxwell: Land near bypass presents no real conflict

Some bloggers on TheCitizen.com have questioned whether outgoing Commissioner Eric Maxwell might eventually profit from owning approximately 37 acres of property in relative proximity to what could be the eventual route of Phase 3 of the West Fayetteville Bypass. Read More»

McCarty wins tax flop, Maxwell folds

No apologies, but Maxwell drops suit against commission winner McCarty, who pays sales tax bill in installments

Fayette County Commissioner Eric Maxwell made good on his promise Monday, dropping a lawsuit against Commissioner-elect Allen McCarty after McCarty’s attorney showed proof that he had indeed paid off in full a delinquent sales tax owed the state of Georgia. Read More»

Fayette road paving linking Kedron on hold

With a small amount of input, the Peachtree City Council decided to hold off for now on deciding whether it is a good idea for Fayette County to pave Sims Road, which would provide a link between Astoria Lane in the Kedron Hills subdivision and Dogwood Trail in the unincorporated county. Read More»

It's official: Steele ousts Haddix as Fayette transportation roundtable rep

(L) Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix; (R) Fayetteville Mayor Kenneth Steele.

For all intents and purposes it will be Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele who will be one of the two Fayette County representatives on the Regional Transportation Roundtable that will produce a list of proposed transportation projects for the 10-county Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC).

The final list to be determined later will go before voters in mid-2012 in the form of a 10-year, one-cent transportation sales tax. Read More»

Maxwell lawsuit seeks McCarty disqualification, alleges felony

Post 5 Fayette County Commissioner-elect Allen McCarty, left, and sitting Post 5 Fayette County Commissioner Eric Maxwell.

McCarty says sales tax was paid 'months and months ago'

A lawsuit has been filed by Fayette County Commissioner Eric Maxwell seeking the disqualification from office of J. Allen McCarty, who defeated Maxwell for his Post 5 Read More»

‘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»