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Fayette to adopt lodging rules after problems arise

The Fayette County Commission is poised to adopt new regulations for tourist accommodations Thursday night, a response to pleas for help from a northwest Fayette neighborhood who had problems with a neighbor who has rented his home to large groups. Read More»

F’ville votes 3-2 to back DDA loan

A proposal by the Fayetteville Downtown Development Authority to have the city back a loan so DDA can purchase the former dress shop at Lanier Avenue and Glynn Street for re-sale was approved April 17 by the City Council on a 3-2 vote.

The DDA proposal requested that the city serve as a loan guarantor to buy the space on the old courthouse square for re-sale for retail or restaurant use.

Community Development Director Brian Wismer said DDA has sought financing from Regions Bank for 80 percent of the $179,000 purchase price of the 1,700 sq. ft. building. Read More»

Fayette GOP sets forum for Post 3 candidates

The Fayette County Republican Party is sponsoring a candidate forum for those seeking election to the Post 3 seat on the Fayette County Commission.

The forum will be held at City Hall in Peachtree City Monday night from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The current officeholder, Steve Brown is seeking re-election. He faces a challenge from Don Haddix and Harold Logsdon, both of whom share something in common with Brown. All three men are former Peachtree City mayors. Read More»

‘If I were mayor’ winner honored

Bennett’s Mill Middle School sixth-grader Olivia Ibeh was the winner of the 2014 “If I Were Mayor, I Would ...” contest sponsored by the Fayetteville City Council. Pictured at the April 17 council meeting with Olivia (center) were, from left, Mayor Greg Clifton and Olivia’s parents Chiekezie and Sonya Ibeh. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It is a tradition in Fayetteville for the City Council each year to sponsor an essay contest with the topic “If I Were Mayor, I Would ...” This year, sixth-grade language arts students from Bennett’s Mill Middle School were asked to submit entries. The council at the April 17 meeting recognized contest winner Olivia Ibeh.

The contest is part of the Georgia Cities Week activities and is a way to promote positive student recognition.

After the announcement of Olivia’s winning contest entry, the sixth-grader read her winning essay. Read More»

FCDA begins new phase amid change

Old and new members of the Fayette County Development Authority met April 17 for the organization’s transitional meeting. It was also the final meeting for FCDA CEO Matt Forshee (standing). Photo/Ben Nelms.

The changes at the Fayette County Development Authority were evident April 17 as several board members recently appointed by the Fayette County Commission attended their first meeting. For FCDA CEO Matt Forshee, it was his final meeting before moving to Augusta to begin his new job with Georgia Power.

For Chairman Randy Hayes, it was his last meeting. Hayes resigned at the same time the terms of four FCDA members were expiring. Hayes opened the meeting, wished the old and new members and FCDA staff well in their coming endeavors, then left the meeting. Read More»

Hot meeting today for F’ville Council — Vote expected on fire dept. consolidation

This sign urging against consolidation of the fire departments was posted at the roundabout at the intersection of Grady Avenue and Beauregard Boulevard over the weekend. Photo/John Munford.

The Fayetteville City Council on April 23 at 5 p.m. will hold what will likely be a well-attended public meeting at City Hall on the question of consolidating the city’s fire department with Fayette County Fire and Emergency Services. The council is expected to vote on the proposal at the conclusion of the meeting.

Financial information compiled by the city’s financial department will be presented at the meeting. Some of the information was presented at the council’s March retreat while other portions of the data has not been seen by citizens to date. Read More»

Fayette officials: ‘We didn’t know about tax breaks’

Fayette County Manager Steve Rapson (L) and County Commission Chairman Steve Brown. Photos/File.
Even after being asked, FCDA failed to notify Fayette about Pinewood deal’s tax abatement
 
“Nobody told us” about the loss of an estimated $144 million in future property tax revenue associated with the Pinewood Atlanta Studios deal, Fayette County officials are saying.
 
In the aftermath, CEO Matt Forshee is leaving the Fayette County Development Authority, while five of the eight members of the authority board are leaving the board.
 
In addition, Peachtre

PTC vetoes assisted living proposal pitched for Hwy. 54, Walt Banks

A proposal to build a 54-unit assisted living facility dedicated solely to memory care patients near McIntosh High School was denied by the Peachtree City Council Thursday night.

The proposal from The Lasalle Group of Texas was to build on a 4.7 acre tract at the corner of Ga. Highway 54 and Walt Banks Road, directly across from Holy Trinity Catholic Church. But to do so, Lasalle first had to get the city’s multifamily housing moratorium lifted by council, which would allow city staff to work with the developer on preparing a rezoning for the tract.

Instead, council elected to nip the process in the bud before Lasalle could get further. The vote to deny the request to lift the moratorium was 4-0 with Councilman Eric Imker absent. Read More»

PTC Mayor: we'll keep our fire department; no need to consolidate services with county

Mayor Vanessa Fleisch (R) and Councilman Mike King at an April City Council meeting. Photo/John Munford.

The Peachtree City Council has no plans to consolidate its fire department in a joint effort being explored by the Fayette County and Fayetteville governing bodies.

Because of all the talk surrounding the potential merger of the county and Fayetteville departments, Peachtree City Mayor Vanessa Fleisch took time at Thursday’s City Council meeting to assure residents they are not going to consider joining the effort in any way. Read More»

Senoia prepares to spruce up median

A Senoia Downtown Development Authority (DDA) design concept to put a new face on the median in the downtown area was reviewed and approved April 7 by the City Council.

City Manager Richard Ferry in introducing the proposal said the idea of making changes to the median on Main Street was first discussed two years earlier.

“The DDA was able to close the design phase and hand the project over to the city for completion,” Ferry told council members. Read More»

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