Fayette school system eyes cutting 72 school employees

Superintendent Jeff Bearden. File photo.

With income dropping, numbers of students declining, budget deadlines approaching, and the easy expense cuts already made, the Fayette County Board of Education Monday night heard the first, but likely not the last, proposal intended to trim sufficient funds from the people side of the budget for next year. Read More»

Commission OK’s five-district map; retains at-large voting process

Despite several concerns that the process was “rushed” with little advance notice, a new voting district map was approved tonight by the Fayette County Commission.

The map breaks the county into five separate county commission districts but the commission will retain at-large voting, which allows all voters the ability to vote on all five county commission races.

County officials said the map needed to be approved tonight in time to submit the next day for consideration by the Georgia legislature. The legislature’s deadline to accept such matters is February 15, officials said. Read More»

Fayette Commission signals no lawsuit settlement

It is almost a certainty that the Fayette County Commission and the Fayette County NAACP will be duking it out in federal court.

The commission announced last week that it intends to keep the at-large voting method for all five county commission seats. That is the exact opposite of the remedy sought by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in a lawsuit filed in August against the county commission and also the Fayette County Board of Education. Read More»

Detailed commission district map proposals published

Commissioners to vote Tuesday night on maps that would create three or five at-large districts

Fayette County officials have released more detailed maps depicting the two options for new county commission districts that will be considered tomorrow night by the commission.

The new maps are attached at the bottom of this story in a PDF format Read More»

Fayette Commission questions zoning at Hwys.74-85

County staff and the planning commission will soon begin evaluating possible zoning changes to land surrounding the intersection of Ga. highways 74 and 85 south along with the newly realigned Padgett Road.

That’s the intersection southeast of the Starr’s Mill school complex and just west of the historic structure known as Starr’s Mill. Read More»

F’ville adopts false alarm ordinance

An ordinance aimed at reducing the number of false alarm calls was adopted unanimously by the Fayetteville City Council on Jan. 2. The ordinance will become effective on April 1 and will include a 30-day grace period during which warnings but no citations will be issued. Read More»

Haddix decries August censure in Rotary address

The mayor’s annual State of the City address is a political tradition in Peachtree City, routinely chocked with the city’s various accomplishments over the previous years and a look at the upcoming year. Read More»

PTC wants public input on future goals

Peachtree City planning officials are preparing to kick off the “One Peachtree City” campaign to gather a significant amount of input on the city’s future goals for the next 10 years and beyond.

The city is preparing to update its comprehensive plan, and wants to hear from a large number and a wide variety of residents. To facilitate that input, the city is planning to host a number of community meetings and smaller focus groups at a variety of times and days in an effort to make it easier for residents to have input. Read More»

Ramsey-backed bill would halt regional T-SPLOST

It could be the beginning of the end for a 1 percent regional transportation sales tax proposed for Coweta County and the other nine counties in the Three Rivers Region.

A bill was introduced this past week to sack the sales tax entirely, replacing it with a system in which counties would be able to enter transportation sales tax agreements with neighboring counties for regional transportation projects. Read More»

Robots to inspect PTC sewer network

In a few months, several underground robots will begin inspecting Peachtree City sewer pipes with video cameras thanks to a contract approved by the city’s Water and Sewer Authority with Redzone Robotics.

Over the subsequent 15 months, the robots will provide data on the entire network of sewer pipes, which will help WASA determine its priority list of capital projects.
The 15-month timeline is a big change from the current process of inspecting a small portion of the pipe each year over a 10-year cycle. Read More»

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