Government

Learnard speaks out after PTC mayor is 'overruled'

Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix attempted, but failed, to halt a presentation by fellow council member Kim Learnard to “clear up confusion about our budget” at the end of Thursday night’s city council meeting.

Learnard mentioned that “there have been a lot of conversations about our development authority” whereupon Haddix immediately cut her off.

Haddix said such a discussion “was getting into an election issue” that council was not allowed to address.

Learnard responded that she simply wanted residents to know they can find the necessary information on the city’s website. Read More»

Tyrone police chief adds role after council boots its town manager

Tyrone Police Chief Brandon Perkins.

It was nearly two years ago that Richard Newbern was hired as Tyrone’s Town Manager. Things changed on Nov. 1 when his contract was not renewed. Police Chief Brandon Perkins was appointed to serve in that capacity until the position is filled.

Mayor Don Rehwaldt said the Town Council at an Oct. 17 called meeting voted 4-0 not to renew Newbern’s contract. Rehwaldt in commenting on the council’s action said the evolving priorities in Tyrone led to the decision not to renew the contract.

Newbern was hired nearly two years ago on a two-year contract. Read More»

Candidates for Seabaugh’s seat have their say at forum

A candidates forum held Nov. 2 at the old Coweta County Courthouse in Newnan for the unexpired term held by Sen. Mitch Seabaugh (Dist. 28) gave a packed house of residents a closer look at the nine candidates vying for the seat. Voters will have their say on Nov. 8 and, odds are, again on Dec. 6 when the top two vote-getters will face each other in a runoff election.

The forum was conducted by the Newnan-Coweta County Chamber of Commerce.

Eight of the nine candidates reside in Coweta County, with the other a resident of Carroll County. Read More»

Senoia council candidates meet at forum

Candidates vying for the two at-large seats on the Senoia City Council had their say at an Oct. 27 forum hosted by the Senoia Tea Party Patriots. Candidates are (from left) challenger Harry Ramos, incumbent Maurice Grover, challenger Don Rehman and incumbent Bobby Graham. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The election to determine the winners of the two Senoia City Council seats comes on Nov. 8. And the four candidates for those seats got a chance to put themselves before the voters Oct. 27 at a forum held at the city’s Municipal Court building. Front and center at the forum were incumbents Bobby Graham and Maurice Grover and challengers Harry Ramos and Don Rehman. Read More»

Palmetto gets railroad underpass improvements

It was a while coming but in the end the project to refurbish the aging CSX Railroad underpasses in Palmetto was worth it. Among those at the Oct. 27 ribbon cutting at the Fayetteville Road underpass were (from left) Palmetto Councilwoman Lorraine Allen, Palmetto resident Mabel Reid, Sen. Donzella James and Palmetto Mayor John Miller.  Photo/Ben Nelms.

The work has been completed and the new look at the CSX Railroad underpasses in Palmetto provides a positive change to the visual landscape in the areas along U.S. Highway 29 in downtown Palmetto. Safety improvements to the underpasses came complete with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Oct. 27. Read More»

Fayette agrees to fund library director

The Fayette County Commission has agreed to fund the position of library director for the Fayette County Public Library, in light of the funding being withdrawn by the Flint River Regional Library System.

At the Oct. 27 meeting, the commission voted 4-1 to create the position, with Commissioner Steve Brown voting against. Read More»

PTC may renew moratorium on multi-family rezoning

The Peachtree City Council will consider renewing its moratorium on multi-family housing rezonings as part of a very light agenda Thursday night.

The moratorium means that anyone wanting to rezone a tract for multi-family use must first gain approval from City Council before submitting a rezoning request to city staff.

The moratorium does not apply to property that is already zoned for multi-family use, according to the memorandum from City Clerk Betsy Tyler that was circulated to council members.

The moratorium notes that additional multi-family housing in the city would: Read More»

Changes for Hwy. 85/Grady Ave. up for F’ville Council vote

The item that was to likely accompany the recent opening of the roundabout at Beauregard Boulevard and Grady Avenue in Fayetteville is set to be discussed Nov. 3 by the Fayetteville City Council. That item includes a revamping of the turn lanes from Grady Avenue onto Ga. Highway 85 South to accommodate the flow of traffic that has been enhanced with the completion of the roundabout. Read More»

$89K fix for moldy inmate showers at Fayette County Jail approved

The Fayette County Commission has approved a $89,000 project to remove mold and prevent it from recurring in inmate showers at the Fayette County Jail.

The showers at the jail will be coated with a urethane/epoxy material to make them impervious to mold, officials said. The problem with the existing tile showers was that mold was growing in the grout.

Most of the funding for the project will come from $78,000 in leftover funds from a completed jail project to repair the exercise yard, said Capt. Charlie Cowart of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, who oversees jail operations. Read More»

U.S. Rep. Westmoreland visits PTC manufacturer

U.S. Rep. Westmoreland visits PTC manufacturer

Congressman Lynn Westmoreland on Oct. 20 visited Rinnai in Peachtree City where he took a tour of the facility and spoke with employees. Commenting on the business climate and the state of the economy, Westmoreland said, “We don’t need to worry about the next election. We need to worry about the next generation.” Photo/Ben Nelms.