Fayette legislators decry BoE’s district voting change

Representative Matt Ramsey (R-Peachtree City) in a file photo from March 2011.

State Rep. Ramsey: ‘Some fights are worth fighting’

The seismic shift in Fayette County school board politics — enacted last week by the Fayette County Board of Education — can’t be undone by the Georgia legislature, according to Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City.
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Questions remain about new Fayette BoE district voting map

The new voting district map based on the 2010 Census was approved last week by the Fayette County Board of Education. Read More»

Fayette GOP opposes non-partisan races

A proposed bill that would allow non-partisan elections for candidates seeking county-level office is being opposed by the Fayette County Republican Party.

The bill would allow non-partisan elections for those seeking the countywide offices for sheriff, solicitor-general, district attorney, tax commissioner, clerk of superior court, coroner and county commissioner.

The non-partisan election would remove the current requirement for each candidate to claim a party when he or she qualifies for office. It also would eliminate the need for a primary election for countywide offices. Read More»

After being jilted by commission, Watts returns as GOP rep to election board

Marilyn Watts is once again a member of the Fayette County Board of Elections.

From 1998 through last year, Watts served on the three-member elections board as the appointee of the Fayette County Commission.

But in February 2011, the commission voted to replace Watts with political newcomer Addison Lester III. That vote was a split one, backed by Commissioners Lee Hearn, Robert Horgan and Herb Frady and opposed by Commissioners Allen McCarty and Steve Brown. Read More»

F’ville to consider fines for repeat false alarms

It may be time for those with alarm systems in Fayetteville to make sure they are in good working order. A proposed ordinance coming before the City Council on Jan. 19 would require the registration of alarm systems and would impose penalties for false alarm responses by police. Read More»

Fayette County Commission says ‘no’ to transit

The Fayette County Commission wants to stay away from the transit business.

The board voted unanimously Jan. 12 to decline participating on the Regional Transit Committee established by the Atlanta Regional Commission. Read More»

Fayette school officials lunch with legislators

Fayette school officials lunch with legislators

Members of the Fayette County Board of Education at a legislative luncheon on Jan. 6 spent time with state lawmakers. Among those joining the school board and central office staff were Rep. Virgil Fludd, Rep. Matt Ramsey, Rep. John Yates and Sen. Valencia Seay. Superintendent Jeff Bearden at the luncheon talked about full funding of the education formula, supporting the vision of public education and the need for local boards to maintain their authority. Photo/Ben Nelms.

WASA looks at robots for sewer inspections

Underground robots might be coming soon to Peachtree City.

Although a final decision hasn’t yet been made, the city’s Water and Sewer Authority is exploring a proposal to have semi-autonomous robots conduct video camera inspections of sewer pipes.

The benefit of the proposal from Redzone Robotics is that it will allow the rest of the city’s sewer pipes to be inspected over a 15-month period. That’s a big change from the current process of inspecting a small portion of the pipe each year over a 10-year cycle. Read More»

New councilman comes aboard PTC Council

New councilman comes aboard PTC Council

New Peachtree City Councilman George Dienhart (L) was joined by his family Jan. 5 as he was sworn into office by Mayor Don Haddix. Dienhart takes the place of former post 2 Councilman Doug Sturbaum, who declined to run for re-election. Photo/John Munford.

Senoia changes fishing rules, mayor pro tem arrangement

It may not have been the most action-filled meeting, but the Senoia City Council on Jan. 9 took care of business relating to the fishing ordinance and adjusted the length of service of the mayor pro tem.

The council made an adjustment to the ordinance governing fishing at Marimac Lakes Park. The previous ordinance permitted fishing from May through September but council members voted to have the lake open for fishing throughout the year. Read More»

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