Giving workers Dec. 23 off to cost Fayette $131,480

Fayette County Administrator Steve Rapson.

County and PTC offices to be closed; F’ville, Tyrone will stay open to public

Fayette County’s plan next week to add an extra paid holiday to the employees’ usual 10 will cost taxpayers $131,480, according to County Administrator Steve Rapson.
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Budget crunch looms for new PTC mayor

Mayor-elect Vanessa Fleisch. Photo/John Munford.

Last week’s runoff election for the mayor’s post in Peachtree City ended with current Councilwoman Vanessa Fleisch wrapping up the win with 72 percent of the vote over challenger and former Mayor Harold Logsdon.

Fleisch earlier on election day had arranged to meet with city staff the next day on the offhand chance she might win, and thus her unofficial work as mayor had begun.

Fleisch will be the city’s first female mayor. The city has not yet certified the election results and Fleisch won’t be installed as mayor until Jan. 1. Read More»

Mayor-elect Fleisch looks to ‘new day’ for PTC

Peachtree City mayor-elect Vanessa Fleisch celebrated with supporters at Grazing Here Tuesday night. Photo/Special.

With a resounding 72 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s runoff election, Vanessa Fleisch will become Peachtree City’s first woman mayor on Jan. 1.

Fleisch handily beat challenger and former mayor Harold Logsdon, who made it into the runoff with the second-most votes in the field of five candidates to force the runoff.

A jubilant Fleisch was all smiles and hugs with campaign supporters at what turned out to be her victory party Tuesday. That evening, she revealed that she already had made plans to have meetings with city staff members on Wednesday on the chance she might win. Read More»

Fayette Republicans prepare new digs

Out with the old, in with the new for GOP — The new location of the Fayette County Republican Party is a work in progress. The former party headquarters located in downtown Fayetteville gave way to much larger accommodations a few blocks away at 174 North Glynn Street. Party representatives said work will be complete for the Dec. 7 meeting. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Fayette County Republican Party is about to have a new home after being housed for years on the courthouse square in downtown Fayetteville. The new headquarters is located a few blocks to the north in the retail center at North Glynn Street and Lafayette Avenue.

Chairman Scott Fabricius said the executive board began looking for a new location early in the year due to expected growth in membership.

“The party is energized and membership has been on the rise,” Fabricius said. “There’s new excitement and a new enthusiasm.” Read More»

Fayette, metro meet ozone requirements

Fayette, metro meet ozone requirements

A 20-county area of metro Atlanta has met federal requirements relating to the 1997 “8-hour ozone standard.” Though noted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a Dec. 2 announcement, the bottom line is that none of the restrictions put in place will be relaxed or removed now that the attainment criteria has been met.

Most motorists see the effect of the EPA rules at the gasoline pump in higher prices for reformulated gasoline during the spring and summer months. Read More»

PTC mayor’s race to be settled Tuesday

Mayoral candidate and current Councilwoman Vanessa Fleisch.

Perhaps you got wrapped up in Thanksgiving prep, or a bad case of the Black Friday jitters. But there is still an election to settle in Peachtree City: determining who will be the mayor for the next four years starting in January.
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Voting underway for PTC mayor

Elaine and Norm Parker were among the few Peachtree City voters casting a ballot during early voting at the Peachtree City Library Tuesday morning. Photo/John Munford.

Runoff election pits Councilwoman Fleisch vs. former mayor Logsdon

Advance voting has begun for the runoff election to determine who Peachtree City’s mayor will be for the next four years.

Voters who have made up their minds may cast their ballot Wednesday through Friday of this week and Monday through Wednesday of next week by dropping by the Peachtree City Library between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

If you can’t “early vote” by Wednesday, Nov. 27, you’ll have to wait until election day on Tuesday, Dec. 3 and head to your regular polling place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Read More»

New Senoia mayor Owens hopes to extend success beyond downtown area

Senoia Mayor-elect Larry Owens. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Councilman Larry Owens is the new mayor-elect in Senoia. Though he has been a part of local politics for nearly a dozen years, The Citizen sat down with Owens last week to get his take on issues affecting the city.

Owens has served on the Senoia City Council for 11 years. The city, especially the downtown area, has changed dramatically during the past decade and Owens said he ran for the mayor’s seat because he wanted to be part of the continuation of that unfolding process. Read More»

Voters settle sales tax question; PTC mayor to be decided Dec. 3

While Peachtree City voters filled three city council seats in last week’s election, the mayor’s race has yet to be settled since none of the five candidates won more than 50 percent of the vote.

That sets up the Dec. 3 runoff election between current Councilwoman Vanessa Fleisch and former Mayor Harold Logsdon. Read More»

No SPLOST, so Fayette set to issue stormwater bills

Officials to pare back projects, seek $5M in financing vs. $16M from failed tax

The failure of a proposed two-year countywide sales tax last week means that property owners in unincorporated Fayette County will get a new stormwater utility bill, perhaps by the end of the month.

It also means the county will have to scale back its proposed $16 million in stormwater projects down to $5 million, a figure the county is projected to finance over a number of years by pledging repayment from stormwater utility proceeds. Read More»