Government

Before dam repairs, 3 months of studies

The Peachtree City Council at the Jan. 15 meeting heard a brief update on potential plans for the Lake Peachtree spillway. If approved in the future, the initial studies could be completed within 2-3 months. Read More»

F’ville moves toward novel zoning categories for west side

Fayetteville could soon see zoning categories that have never been used in the city or in Fayette County.

During the Jan. 15 meeting, the council received an overview of Historical Concepts’ plan of the proposed zoning districts in the area. The district is a mixed use area of 1,200 acres in the heart of the county now in the city limits of Fayetteville. Read More»

Mayor: PTC budget went ‘off track’

Peachtree City Mayor Vanessa Flesh. File photo.

Fleisch defends pay raises, police department in state of city report

The city’s budget process “went slightly off-track last year,” Peachtree City Mayor Vanessa Fleisch admitted Jan. 15 in her State of the City address at a meeting of the Peachtree City Rotary Club.

The mayor also defended the city’s police department in the wake of the New Year’s Day shooting of the wife of Chief Will McCollom. Read More»

Fayette one bid closer to dredging Lake Peachtree

View of drained Lake Peachtree from May 2014.

The Fayette County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to consider a $1,449,140 bid for dredging at Lake Peachtree during its Jan. 22 regular meeting. Read More»

F’ville residents sound off on noise

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Noise relief coming to residents on Redwine, more apartments to be decided in February

For more than three hours Thursday night, Fayetteville residents had their say on two issues that stirred the passions of several residents.

When the dust settled after hearing discussion about everything including strip clubs and children scaling roofs, half the residents left happy, while the rest will have to wait until February to see if their concerns are addressed. Read More»

‘Consensus’ to be Oddo’s goal

Fayette County Commission Chairman Charles Oddo in a file photo.

Downplays Republican-Democrat divisions, hopes to push harmony

How much differently will the Fayette County Board of Commissioners conduct its business with Charles Oddo as chairman?

Not much, if Oddo has anything to say about it.

“Our goals and objectives don’t differ that much,” Oddo said in an interview Jan. 12 when comparing himself to the previous chairman, Steve Brown. “We both want what’s best for the county. I’m not planning on making wholesale changes, although I do want to do things a little bit differently.” Read More»

Are TADs coming to PTC?

Alan Durham addresses the PTC Council. Photo/Ben Nelms.

An agenda item at the Peachtree City Council retreat held Jan. 9 will have staff in the coming months analyze the idea of the city establishing one or more areas of the city as a tax allocation district (TAD). In a move required before the lengthy TAD process could begin, the council on Jan. 15 adopted a resolution for a November referendum that would restore the city’s development powers so that the TAD process could be considered.

Attending the retreat to provide information on the issues relating to a TAD was Fayette County Development Authority President Alan Durham. Read More»

Cameras aid Coweta's police efforts

Sgt. Jeff Bugg with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office displays the Taser Axon Flex video camera being used by road deputies. “It’s a great tool and I love it,” Bugg said. Photo/Ben Nelms.

For the past six months the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office has been using body cameras for road deputies and in the jail and for investigations. The benefit to both citizens and law enforcement has met and exceeded expectations. Read More»

County emergency center is now open

The Fayette County Emergency Operations Center on Volunteer Way in Fayetteville officially opened on Jan. 15. The 4,800 sq. ft. center will accommodate multiple agencies responding to high-impact emergency events. Fire and Emergency Services Division Chief Pete Nelms and Fayette County Commissioner Pota Coston cut the ribbon while a wealth of elected and government officials from around the county looked on. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It was years in the making, but the Fayette County Emergency Operations Center funded by a $1 million federal grant opened Jan. 15 on Volunteer Way adjacent to the 911 center in Fayetteville.

“This really is a proud day for this community. We’re proud of this accomplishment,” said Fayette County Fire and Emergency Services (FES) Division Chief Pete Nelms, explaining that the new center will assist a variety of departments and agencies in their response to crisis events in times of need. Read More»

School system chooses path

The Coweta County Board of Education voted Tuesday to file a letter of intent to pursue Investing in Educational Excellence (IE2) as the flexibility option for the Coweta County School System. Superintendent Steve Barker discusses IE2 and Charter System status at a Jan. 7 public listening session on flexibility options at Madras Middle School. Photo/Submitted.

The Coweta County Board of Education approved a letter Tuesday notifying the state of Georgia that the Coweta County School System will pursue IE2 status as the system’s flexibility option. Read More»