Senoia updates historic structure rules

Sometimes it’s a good idea to review local guidelines and practices to make sure they are still relevant to current needs. That was the case last week when the Senoia City Council approved a small number of changes to the city’s guidelines for the rehabilitation and maintenance of historic structures.

“This is a modernized version of what we’ve had for years,” said City Manager Richard Ferry prior to the unanimous vote to accept the updated guidelines which had been reviewed over the past few months. “Guidelines need to be reviewed from time to time.” Read More»

PTC Council talks annexing, communicating

With the exception of two large tracts on the northwest quadrant of Peachtree City above MacDuff Parkway, the city is nearly built out from a residential development standpoint.

Which is not to say the city is done growing, as there will likely be opportunities for annexation in the future. The big question is: what potential is out there and will such areas be a good idea to add to the city’s corporate limits? Read More»

Fayette OK’s roundabout study for 92S, Antioch Rd.

Google aerial view of the proposed roundabout location, which abuts Harp's Crossing Baptist Church.

Ga. DOT will fund study and construction if project is worthwhile

The Fayette County Commission, on a 4-1 vote, has given approval for the Georgia Department of Transportation to study the possibility of installing a roundabout for the intersection of Ga. Highway 92 south and Antioch Road.

If the study shows the project is feasible, DOT would pay for the entire right of way and construction costs, with the county only on the hook for ongoing landscaping maintenance and lighting costs. The latter is estimated to be about $1,840 a year, according to county officials. Read More»

F’ville Council may create Pye Lake watershed area

Pye Lake location shown in Google map graphic.

The Fayetteville City Council on Thursday will consider establishing a watershed district on the south side of Pye Lake to help resolve issues with increasing stormwater runoff. Read More»

Fayette to foot lawyer bill for Watts against GOP

County OKs defense for elections board member

The Fayette County Commission has authorized paying for the legal defense of a member of the county’s board of elections, whom the Republican Party is attempting to remove from office.

The lawsuit against Marilyn Watts was filed by the Fayette County Republican Party, which appointed Watts to the election board several years ago after the previous county commission dismissed her as the commission’s appointee. Read More»

Behind the scenes in ‘spat’ – Why did Barlow, Oddo retreat?

Fayette County commissioners Chuck Oddo (L) and Steve Brown at the Jan. 9, 2014 meeting. Photo/John Munford.

Brown reappointed chairman, Oddo renamed vice chair; apologies all around

An hour prior to the Jan. 9 Fayette County Commission meeting, fellow commissioners Steve Brown and David Barlow brought their feuding to a halt.

The two men sat down and talked out their differences, they said.

“He offered me what I felt was a heartfelt apology,” Barlow said. “We talked I’d guess about 15 minutes about things, and I accepted it and was good with it, and I said ‘I have no reason not to support you because that’s what I said I would do.’”
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New mayor, new council = pay raise?

Peachtree City Mayor Vanessa Fleisch.

On hold since ’10 with budget crunch, PTC mayor to go up from $9k to $18K, council members from $6K to $12k

With four of its five members freshly elected, the Peachtree City Council this Thursday will talk about giving themselves a pay raise — double their current pay.

On the agenda is the possibility of restoring pay increases for the mayor and council members that would double the mayor’s salary from $9,000 to $18,000 a year and council members pay from $6,000 to $12,000 a year. Read More»

Boil water advisory issued for PTC subdivision

Residents of the Coventry subdivision in Peachtree City are being advised to boil their drinking water following a water line break in the subdivision Monday. Read More»

Traffic study, cart paths top PTC council agenda

Seated at the table from left are Mayor Vanessa Fleisch, Councilwoman Kim Learnard, Councilman Mike King, City Manager Jim Pennington and Councilman Terry Ernst. Photo/John Munford.

Being down one councilman didn’t slow the Peachtree City Council down during its “goals and objectives” workshop all day Thursday.

The absence of Eric Imker was nearly an afterthought as council brainstormed a number of goals to shoot for in the coming months and up to two years in the future.

One thing that may be addressed sooner rather than later is the idea of a city-funded corridor traffic study of Ga. Highway 54 West, which is the city’s main choke point for commuters and even at times on the weekends. Read More»

Battle over, Brown reappointed Fayette chair

Commissioners David Barlow (L) and Steve Brown (R) shook hands and hugged out their differences Thursday night. In the middle is Commissioner Charles Oddo, whose bid to replace Brown as chair was rebuffed by a unanimous vote to reappoint Brown to the role following an apology from Barlow for “any harm or ill will” his previous comments may have brought to the commission. Photo/John Munford.

There was no battle Thursday night for the chairman’s spot on the Fayette County Commission. Instead, white flags were waved by all parties involved and incumbent Steve Brown was unanimously reappointed to the post.

Brown and fellow Commissioner David Barlow shook hands on the dais and hugged it out immediately after Barlow apologized to the commission and the citizens and taxpayers of the county “for any harm or any ill will that I have brought against this commission.” Read More»

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