County

Blackburn wins Coweta’s Dist. 3 commission seat

Once the votes were counted and the smoke cleared Tuesday night Bob Blackburn squeaked by David Stover to win the runoff for the District 3 seat on the Coweta County Commission. Blackburn won with just under 51 percent of the vote.

District 3 voters cast a total of 2,874 ballots in the northeast Coweta race. Blackburn came away with 1,460 votes compared to 1,414 taken by Stover, representing a win for Blackburn with 50.8 percent of the vote. A total of 14 provisional votes remain to be tallied but those ballots would not alter the outcome. Read More»

County’s 53 dirt miles perplex officials

For a place considered part of metropolitan Atlanta, Fayette County has a good many unpaved dirt and gravel roads lingering around.

Some 53 miles of those roads are maintained by the county’s road department, and the county has $1.8 million squirreled away to pave some of them.

But that money may not be enough to pave a road, as the county commission expressed sentiment Wednesday that residents who want their dirt road paved should donate their right of way. Read More»

Chairman Smith flips on county tax increase

Two weeks after losing his bid for reelection, Fayette County Commission Chairman Jack Smith — who campaigned on his record of opposing countywide tax increases — has decided a tax hike might be a good idea after all. Read More»

Commission skeptical about need for new Fayette judge

While Fayette County’s judicial circuit caseload meets state thresholds for adding another superior court judge, the concept wasn’t well-received by the Fayette County Commission Wednesday afternoon.

Will Simmons, the court administrator for the Sixth Administrative Judicial District, said the county’s four judges, — who also hold court in Spalding, Pike and Upson counties — were handling the workload of an additional 1.33 judges. Read More»

Huiet Road/Hwy. 54 intersection closed starting Monday

Contractors work on the West Fayetteville Bypass at its intersection with Ga. Highway 54. This view is looking south from Hwy. 54 on the bypass immediately adjacent to Huiet Road, which will be closed as of Aug. 9. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Traffic to use new spur road created for West Fayetteville bypass

Over the next few days the Fayette County Public Works department is making several minor changes to traffic patterns in the area of SR 54, Huiet Road and Lester Road. Read More»

West Bypass Part 1 nearing finish

Sweat glistens on workers raking asphalt on Phase 1 of the West Fayetteville Bypass just feet away from the bypass intersection at Ga. Highway 54 west of Piedmont Fayette Hospital. Once the Hwy. 54 work is completed and Lester Road is wrapped in to the south, it will be a matter of installing the mast structures that will hold the traffic signals at Hwy. 54. The entire Phase 1 project from Sandy Creek Road to Lester Road should be completed by the end of the year. Photo/Ben Nelms.

1st phase may be complete by year’s end; permits pending for 2nd phase

Despite playing a major role in the upset victories of two West Fayetteville Bypass opponents over County Commission incumbents, the controversial paving project keeps chugging along as if the election never happened.

In recent weeks the West Fayetteville Bypass has popped up on the radar screen of many local motorists as work began on the intersection of Ga. Highway 54 and Huiet Road, which is where the first phase of the bypass begins. Read More»

Commission candidates defend role of Tea Party

It’s really a runoff campaign between Bob Blackburn and David Stover for the District 3 seat on the Coweta County Commission to be held Aug. 10. But a campaign visit paid by Stover to a local business resulted in a number of emails that had to do with Stover’s “Tea Party” preferences rather than the campaign itself. The initial email and responses to it quickly went viral. Read More»

Transitional homes get new standards

Coweta County commissioners last week established standards for Transitional Housing Shelters and added new definitions for daycare operations and assisted living facilities.

The move to amend the zoning and development ordinance stemmed from discussions involving a conditional use permit for the BelAir transitional home in north Coweta located in a Rural Conservation-zoned area. The permit was approved unanimously Feb. 16, but not without much discussion and 36 conditions being imposed before the home can be re-opened. Read More»

Rehab work continues on historic courthouse

The completion of the historic 1904 Coweta County Courthouse gets closer each month. Several small projects leading to the October opening of the historic structure were approved July 20 by the Coweta County Commission.

Commissioners unanimously approved a bid of $8,400 by Greater Atlanta Memorials for the cleaning and rehabilitation of monuments and historical signage on the property.

The commission on June 15 established a $15,000 fund for the work. The funds will be repaid to the county by the Courthouse Committee through subsequent fundraising efforts. Read More»

Corinth Road Fire Station # 9 opens

The Coweta County Commission last week approved a few last minute change orders that coincided with the opening earlier this week of the county’s new $1.29 million Corinth Road Fire Station #9.

Essentially a state of the art facility, the large Corinth Road facility had a final price tag of $1,290,847. Along the way a total of approximately $80,000 in change orders were approved by the commission. Read More»

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