Pye Lake watershed district up for F’ville Council vote

Concerns with future stormwater runoff on the south side of Pye Lake could have a resolution Feb. 6 when the Fayetteville City Council considers establishing the Pye Lake Southern Tributary Special Watershed District.

If established, the watershed district would provide the framework to help resolve issues with future stormwater runoff, including requiring future developments to have upgraded stormwater retention ponds. Read More»

PTC may hire own in-house landscapers for parks, roads

3 private companies would get other work for $278,000

A proposal to improve Peachtree City’s landscaping results involves the city hiring four full-time and two seasonal/temporary employees to handle landscaping along primary and secondary roads, along with city facilities and parks.

At the same time, the city would use three different companies to handle specific tasks: highway landscaping maintenance, right-of-way tree trimming on primary and secondary roads and landscaping for subdivision and city landscape islands.

The proposal will be detailed for the Peachtree City Council at its regular meeting Thursday night at 7 p.m. Read More»

Will there be a cart path to Senoia?

A potential cart path linking Peachtree City and Senoia will be discussed by the Peachtree City Council Thursday night.

Peachtree City staff will present a conceptual route, proposed connections and costs along with funding sources to council. Staff wants a decision from council on the potential to draft an inter-governmental agreement with Senoia and how to allocate funding, or to decline the request.

The Senoia City Council at its meeting Monday night had the item on the agenda for discussion purposes only. Read More»

Local officials begin assessing response to Snow Jam 2014

Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb in a file photo from fall 2013.

With the snow gone and the black ice melted, the assessments of Snow Jam 2014 begin: What happened, who responded well, who didn’t, and why?

The Citizen interviewed public safety and public works officials from around the county on Monday to explain their part in the events that unfolded during the middle of the day on Jan. 28.

Unlike the winter storm that hit in 2011 and deposited significantly more ice on county roadways, the one last week came in the middle of the day and caught the school system, employers and many motorists by surprise and — in many cases —unprepared. Read More»

PTC vote: 54W light, Planterra link

Recent view of evening traffic backed up on Planterra Parkway awaiting entrance onto Ga. Highway 54. Photo/Special.

Road connection to be opposed by subdivision residents who say cut-through traffic is bad enough already

Thursday night the Peachtree City Council will consider a request to apply for a new traffic light on Ga. Highway 54 West at Line Creek Drive to serve a new shopping center.

The city acknowledges that the new light will likely make the city’s worst traffic problem even worse, but officials contend that improved safety may make it a worthwhile tradeoff.

The same “Overlook” shopping center also will be the subject of a related but controversial proposal up for consideration Thursday: to allow the developer to link an access road from the shopping center to Planterra Way. Read More»

Why weren’t Fayette schools closed Tuesday? Sup’t. Barrow: ‘It was my decision’

Fayette County School Superintendent Dr. Joseph Barrow, Jr. File photo from mid-2013.

“If we had known things were going to hit as hard and fast, if I had had that crystal ball, I would have obviously made a different decision. Knowing what I knew, based on the information I had, I felt like we were going to be OK.” — Dr. Joseph Barrow
Fayette County school students went to school Tuesday morning, Jan. 28, just like every other school day. After a mid-day snowfall covered roads in icy patches, many of them didn’t make it back home until well after dark. Parents were both anxious and furious.
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PTC setting Friday Feb. 28 for city court make-up day

Just because Peachtree City Municipal Court had to close for the snow Wednesday doesn’t mean defendants who were slated to appear will get a free pass. Read More»

Fayette Commission to ponder court's district voting map Tues.

Fayette Commission to ponder court's district voting map Tues.

The Fayette County Commission will meet Tuesday at 3 p.m. in executive session to discuss its response to a proposed district voting map proffered by U.S. District Judge Timothy C. Batten. Read More»

Coweta thanks a nurse

Coweta thanks a nurse

Coweta County Nurse Manager Alice Jackson will soon retire after serving for 23 years with the Coweta County Health Dept. Jackson on Jan. 23 received a proclamation from the Coweta County Commission honoring her service to the community. Photo/Ben Nelms.

McIntosh High’s Brian Messer recognized for national soccer honor

McIntosh High’s Brian Messer recognized for national soccer honor

The Fayette County Board of Education on Jan. 27 recognized McIntosh High School boys soccer coach Brian Messer, recently named the 2013 assistant coach of the year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Pictured are Messer (L) and school board Chairman Marion Key. Photo/Ben Nelms.

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