Government

Rare mayoral veto on the agenda June 5 for F’ville

The agenda for the June 5 meeting of the Fayetteville City Council will feature a full range of items that include a decision on Mayor Greg Clifton’s veto of the Tidal Wave car wash vote, approval of a bid on the Stonewall Avenue sidewalk project, an increase in the hotel/motel tax and a public hearing on the Lafayette Square luxury apartment proposal. Read More»

County budget hearing set for this Wednesday: No tax increase

The Fayette County Commission will begin its budgeting process June 4 at a 3 p.m. workshop meeting.

There is no need for a tax increase, according to County Administrator Steve Rapson. Read More»

Revenue upswing translates to raises for Tyrone employees

When it comes to a municipal budget, the outlook for Tyrone’s general fund could hardly be better. The 2014-2015 proposed budget includes $3.49 million in revenues and $3.12 million in expenses along with the first cost-of-living increases for town staff in years and a steady millage rate.

General fund revenues for the year beginning July 1 are tallied at $3,489,723 while expenses are projected at $3,118,017, a difference of $371,706 to the good. Read More»

Senoia to de-zombify downtown medians

An upcoming project that will bring a new look to the median along Main Street in downtown Senoia will begin after the July 4 weekend and take approximately two weeks to complete.

Initially approved for bid by the Senoia City Council April 7, the $21,620 project bid by the Aabby Group received unanimous approval at the May 19 meeting. Read More»

Coweta eyes 226-home rezoning near Newnan

A residential request on 120 acres on Greentop Road in north Coweta to be rezoned from rural conservation to single-family infill-medium density (RI-B) was heard at the May 20 meeting of the Coweta County Commission and was continued until the June 5 meeting.

The rezoning proposal included up to 226 lots and homes with a minimum of 1,800 square feet. The development is adjacent to the city of Newnan on the south side. If approved, the development will be served by Newnan Utilities. Read More»

Lake Peachtree’s future in doubt?

One of the perils of a dry lakebed. From the Peachtree City Police Department Facebook page for May 2: “General parking on unpaved surfaces is generally illegal in Peachtree City. This came out as an accident call, required a full fire department response. For the 2nd time, driving or parking, in what is supposed to Lake Peachtree, will result in a citation and another permanent water hazard.”

Rapson: County may not need lake as water source; report on spillway repair in 3 weeks; no word yet on costs Read More»

BoE Post 4 GOP frontrunner Basham lays out vision

GOP runoff candidate Diane Basham. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Voters in the May 20 primary for the District 4 Fayette County Board of Education seat put Diane Basham in first place followed by John Kimbell in second place. The Citizen asked the two candidates to provide their thoughts on the issues they believe are pertinent in the July runoff election and how they would run their campaign.

Basham responded but Kimbell said he has withdrawn from the race. If determined to be official, the runoff will feature Basham and third place vote-getter Jane Owens. Read More»

Fayette approves Ellis Rd. rezoning

A May 22 request to have a .423-acre site on Ellis Road rezoned from single-family residential to highway commercial (C-H) received unanimous approval from the Fayette County Commission. 

Property owner Victor Clincy said the request would enable him to have the vacant lot zoned commercial. That lot is adjacent property owned by Clincy and is the current home to a day care center.

Having the property rezoned would also help facilitate a potential expansion project, Clincy said after the meeting. Read More»

In District 16 senate race, Harbin, Studdard say difference is experience

GOP senatorial candidates David Studdard and Marty Harbin. Photos/Contributed.

On July 22, south Fayette voters will have two choices to make for the next state senator for the 16th District to replace the retiring Ronnie Chance. Read More»

Kimbell pulls out of runoff for BoE

The Fayette County Elections Board worked to sign the election results following the election last week. From left are elections board members Marilyn Watts and Daryl Hicks, Elections Supervisor Tom Sawyer and Elections Board Member Addison Lester. Photo/John Munford.

Numbers show McCarty faces fierce challenge in District 5

Fayette County voters answered some questions but left the future unclear for a number of would-be politicians during the May 20 primary election.

In a big surprise, the second-place finisher in the District 4 Board of Education Republican race has withdrawn from the runoff. Read More»