Government

5 new appointments change development authority

The Fayette County Development Authority has a new vibe now that the county commission has appointed five newcomers to the eight-member board.

The development authority is charged with luring business and industry to locate and expand in the county, and though much of its efforts have concentrated on land in Peachtree City’s industrial park, last year’s landing of Pinewood Atlanta Studios in north central Fayette County showed that the reach can extend far beyond the Peachtree City limits. Read More»

King, Ernst explain voting against PTC K-9 expansion

Peachtree City Councilman Terry Ernst. Photo/John Munford.

The approval to buy a second K-9 dog for the Peachtree City Police Department by the City Council April 16 came on a split 3-2 vote.

Councilmen Mike King and Terry Ernst, asked Monday about the reasoning behind their opposition, both said they felt the K-9 duty took away from time the officer could spend on cart path patrol.

Ernst and King said they were comfortable with having the one existing police K-9 unit, but they felt having two was a bit too much. Read More»

Deadline is Monday for registering to vote in May 20 primary

Ga. launches web, app services to allow online registration for those with license or ID card

Fayette County voters who want to cast a ballot in the upcoming May 20 primary election must make sure they are registered to vote by Monday, April 21.

The process is easier than in years past because persons of voting age who have a driver’s license or ID card issued by the state can register to vote online, according to Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

To register online, visit https://registertovote.sos.ga.gov/GAOLVR/#no-back-button. Read More»

BoE goes for ‘more aggressive’ appeal of district voting edict

BoE Chair Marion Key

The Fayette County Board of Education has opted to use a “more aggressive” Atlanta civil rights attorney for its appeal of the ongoing federal district voting lawsuit. Read More»

F’ville Council may be split on county’s proposal to take over city fire department

Fayetteville residents gathered April 9 to hear arguments for and against having the Fayette Fire and Emergency Services take over the city fire department.Photo/Ben Nelms.
The members of the Fayetteville City Council joined with four of the five Fayette County commissioners on April 9 for a public presentation of the proposed consolidation of the Fayetteville Fire Department with Fayette County’s Fire and Emergency Services.
 
As occurred two years ago when the same topic surfaced, the commission chambers were full of people largely opposed to the measure.

F’ville’s new gas pump max: 12

A unanimous vote by the Fayetteville City Council on April 3 will increase the number of gas pumps allowed at service stations and convenience stores. The vote raised the previous maximum of eight pumps to the new maximum of 12 pumps. It was just two years ago that the ordinance allowed a maximum of six pumps. Read More»

PTC mayor wants airport authority rep to stay on FCDA board

Proposed changes by the Fayette County Commission to the make-up of the Fayette County Development Authority (FCDA) board drew two requests by Peachtree City Mayor Vanessa Fleisch at the commission’s April 10 meeting. Read More»

With split vote, PTC calls in the dogs

File photo from Shutterstock.

The Peachtree City Police Department will be getting a new K9 to replace a police dog that recently retired from service.

Though it would only cost $4,000 to the city thanks to the other equipment already on hand, the measure squeaked by on a 3-2 vote, as councilmen Terry Ernst and Mike King voted against it.

Police Lt. Matt Myers explained that the second dog is necessary to maintain full-time K9 coverage for the city. The dogs improve officer safety and can help do some tasks, such as searching a building, far quicker than human officers can, Myers said. Read More»

‘Dry’ dredging for Lake P'tree?

When the Fayette County Water System gets around to dredging Lake Peachtree, it will likely drain the lake and then scoop out the silt the old-fashioned way. Read More»

Coweta 911 dispatchers recognized

Coweta 911 dispatchers recognized

Members of the Coweta County 911 dispatcher team attended the April 1 meeting of the Coweta County Commission to be recognized during National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. Pictured in front from left are Chana Harris, Kayla Markward and Arlene Whisenhunt; back row, from left, Joshua Richmond, Clarissa Hutson, Holly Smith and Commissioner Rodney Brooks. Photo/Ben Nelms.