County

Commission okays talks on next phase for interchange

The Coweta County Commission last week gave unanimous approval for county representatives to begin negotiations with design firm Clough Harbour on the pricing and scope of work for the interchange at I-85 and Poplar Road.

County administrator Theron Gay told commissioners that the consultant selection committee had reviewed the 13 submissions received in the Request for Qualifications process and selected six design firms as finalists for interviews. Of those, the committee preferred Clough Harbour as the primary choice, Gay said. Read More»

Opening of W. F’ville Bypass in mid-Nov. to bring big new intersection

The view looking north across Ga. Highway 54 to the West Fayetteville Bypass now under construction. Photo/Ben Nelms.

All the political and environmental talk about the West Fayetteville Bypass notwithstanding, Phase 1 of the three-phase project — the portion that will run from Sandy Creek Road down to Lester Road — will likely be completed by mid-November. Read More»

Lowered Fayette County budget with no tax increase moving closer to approval

The public hearing June 10 on the adoption of Fayette County’s $74 million Fiscal Year 2010-2011 budget was little more than a formality. Commissioners heard no input, pro or con, from the public on the upcoming budget and ended the hearing nearly as quickly as it began.

A $1 million decrease from the current budget is accompanied by a nearly 8 percent decrease in the tax digest and falling sales tax revenues. Local property taxes generate approximately 61 percent of total revenues. Nonetheless, commissioners are not planning to increase property taxes to offset the losses. Read More»

Pilot studies on organic carbon levels approved

Fayette County commissioners June 10 unanimously approved funding for two pilot study treatment techniques designed to address the levels of total organic carbon in the South Fayette Water Treatment Plant. Though the county is currently in regulatory compliance, the tests will help the county decide on a course of action if the need arises in the future. Read More»

Coweta County Commission District 2 candidates sound off

The Citizen recently invited the candidates for Coweta County Commission Districts 2 and 3 to provide our readers with an opportunity to hear from them and to get their positions on the issues they believe are pertinent to Coweta County and its future. What follows is in keeping with this newspaper’s belief that people should “have their say.”

Printed this week are the comments from District 2 candidates, incumbent Tim Lassetter and challenger Eddie Wilson. The responses of District 3 candidates George “Kett” Harper, David Stover and Bob Blackburn were printed last week. Read More»

Coweta commissioners approve airport taxiway extension

Coweta County commissioners last week unanimously approved the execution of a contract with the Georgia Dept. of Transportation (GDOT) that will extend the eastside taxiway at the Newnan-Coweta County Airport.

The GDOT contract specified a total of $771,163 for the “East Apron Taxiway and Stubs” project. The contract gives GDOT responsibility for paying for the bulk of the project, though the majority of the cost, $732,605, will come from federal funds while $17,567 will come in the form of state funds.
The project has a local match of $20,991. Read More»

Bridge work on Reese Road through mid-August

Reese Road at Keg Creek will be closed for bridge replacement effective June 9 through mid-August. The detour uses Odom Road, North Road and McIntosh Trail.

Other closures still in place due to construction include Luther Bailey Road over Dead Oak Creek, Greentop Road over CSX Railroad and Cannon Road over White Oak Creek.

County inspections pave way for ISO drop

Fayette County was recently recognized for its vigorous implementation of building codes for both residential and commercial property.

The Insurance Services Office has lowered the county’s rating for building inspection and code enforcement from a 5 to a 3, putting it in pretty elite company.

Of more than 8,300 communities audited by ISO, only 140 had better scores than Fayette in the residential category. And only 160 communities had better scores in the commercial category. Read More»

Fayette tries to cap carbon — in its water

Fayette County is trying to impose its own carbon cap — not on energy but on one of its water reservoirs.

To address problems with carbon levels at the South Fayette Water Treatment Plant, the Fayette County Water System wants to test two different treatment processes for potential future implementation.

The carbon levels do not pose a health threat, but the county is required to come into compliance with state regulations that call for a 35 percent removal of the total organic carbon compared to the water source. Read More»

Coweta County Commission District 3 candidates sound off

The Citizen recently invited the candidates for Coweta County Commission Districts 2 and 3 to provide our readers with an opportunity to hear from them and to get their positions on the issues they believe are pertinent to Coweta County and its future. What follows is in keeping with this newspaper’s belief that people should “have their say.”

Printed this week are the comments from District 3 candidates George “Kett” Harper, David Stover and Bob Blackburn. The comments of District 2 candidates, incumbent Tim Lassetter and challenger Eddie Wilson, will run in next week’s edition. Read More»