Coweta purchases new ambulance

Coweta County commissioners May 18 added to the county’s ambulance fleet with the approval of an $89,996 low bid by Peach State Ambulance. All bids included the trade of an older ambulance.

County Administrative and Operations Director Tom Corker in a May 5 letter informed commissioners that the low bid came from Peach State Ambulance, Inc. The $89,996 bid for a 2010 Chevrolet G4500 Type III ambulance with a retail of $109,996 came with a trade-in allowance of $20,000 for the county’s 2005 type III ambulance. The bid came with a 30-60 day delivery date. Read More»

Commissioner upset over Brooks water deal

Maxwell concerned about quality of town’s pipes, potential rate increases

As requested by the Brooks Town Council, the Fayette County Commission has agreed for the county’s water system to assume operations of the rural town’s water system.

Thursday’s vote was not unanimous, as Commissioner Eric Maxwell said he was concerned about the future financial ramifications of the deal, which allows Brooks to maintain ownership of the system. Read More»

Animal rescue group runs afoul of county rule

Animal rescue group runs afoul of county rule

Leader won't back down on violation of three-pet limit

An animal rescue group operating in Fayette County has been asked to cease its operations because it is violating the county ordinance limiting residents to three pets per home.

Love-A-Pet Inc. on Den Creek Trail in unincorporated eastern Fayette County Read More»

Skandalakis’ budget approved with 0% increase

The Coweta County Commission at the May 4 meeting approved the FY 2010-2011 budget for District Attorney Pete Skandalakis that included no increases over the current year. Coweta’s portion of the judicial circuit’s budget totaled $529,363.

Skandalakis in his budget request to commissioners said the proposal included no increase over last year, including in staff or pay increases, even though crime is escalating and caseloads are increasing due to the recession. Read More»

Coweta commissioners amend audited budget

It was essentially a matter of housekeeping May 4 as Coweta County commissioners approved an amendment to the county’s audited FY 2009 General Fund budget that totaled $64.5 million.

The final budget amendment included an adjusted General Fund total of $64.518 million based on an amendment of $1.621 million, leaving a fund balance of $3.181 million. The mid-year budget totaled $62.897 million with adjusted expenses of $61.337 million.

Also included in the approval were amendments to the Fire Fund, E911 Fund, Hotel/Motel Fund and Sheriff’s Fund budgets. Read More»

Local Coweta races see action after all

“The more, the merrier” does not usually apply to political races. Merrier or not, the qualifying period last week ended with a challenger for the District 2 seat held by Coweta County Commissioner Tim Lassetter and a total of three candidates vying for the District 3 commission seat being vacated by Commissioner Randolph Collins.

Lassetter in the July primary will face-off with 63 year-old retired Delta employee Eddie L. Wilson who has called Coweta home for the past 26 years. Read More»

Coweta Commission proclaims “Day of Prayer”

It may not be very popular in some places across America, but in Coweta the idea of proclaiming May 6 as a “Day of Prayer” was approved in short order May 4 by the Coweta County Commission.

Requested by a local resident and mirroring the National Day of Prayer, commissioners adopted the proclamation that invited “Citizens to gather together to pray in their own way for unity of the hearts of mankind, and the return of strong moral character in the lives of the people of all nations, and peace and understanding throughout the world.” Read More»

Collins opts out of second term run for Coweta County Commission

For District 3 Coweta County Commissioner Randolph Collins it will be only one term served. His decision not to qualify for the upcoming election was based on two factors: his federally-funded position with the state prohibits him from running for office and, with a child on the way, Collins and his wife will be moving to a home they own in District 5 that is large enough to accommodate their growing family. Read More»

Fayette plans to take recreation department payments online

In the near future, Fayette County residents will have the option of going online to make payments to the recreation department.

County commissioners recently voted for a contract to extend the online payment service that is currently used by the county water system. The vendor is Paymentus, and as part of the arrangement, each user is charged a $2.95 service fee per transaction.

That way the county can offer the service without paying extra for it, officials said. Read More»

New bridge approved on Luther Bailey Road

Residents of southeast Coweta County will soon see bridge replacement work beginning over Dead Oak Creek on Luther Bailey Road. Coweta commissioners last week gave unanimous approval to the project, awarding the $279,000 low bid to E.R. Snell Contractors, Inc.

The existing bridge will be replaced with a double 12-foot by 9-foot box culvert that, according to county administrator Theron Gay, should provide an extended lifetime of service.

The bridge replacement is being funded by the county’s special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST). Read More»

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