Summer camp gets zoning OK from Fayette County Commission

Camp Southern Ground will help special needs children here in Fayette County

With a standing-room only crowd watching, a children’s camp proposed for unincorporated Fayette County won a unanimous rezoning approval from the county commission Thursday night.
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Youth summer camp wins rezoning

A children’s camp proposed for unincorporated Fayette County won a unanimous rezoning approval from the county commission tonight.

Camp Southern Ground, championed by Fayette resident and award winning musician Zac Brown and his wife Shelly, a Fayette County native, will be located on a 494-acre tract in unincorporated Fayette County off Ebenezer Church Road. Read More»

Peachtree City faces federal lawsuit over stormwater retention pond

A Peachtree City couple is suing the city in federal court, hoping to force the city to remove the dam to what is, in effect, a stormwater detention pond.

John and Lee Mrosek own part of the property that the Bradford Estates pond is located on, but they contend that the city has accepted an easement for the facility “and is responsible for all maintenance.”

The couple is accusing the city of violating Clean Water Act standards, which is why the suit is in federal court. The Mroseks want the city to fully clean up the stream and pond and also remove the dam. Read More»

Looking ahead to PTC’s West Village

When the home-building economy comes roaring back, there will be a little more raw land in Peachtree City available for residential development. That’s because a 2007 annexation of 783 acres north of MacDuff Parkway Read More»

Fayette ESPLOST collections now down by nearly 17%

Another school system woe: Actual money collected from the education sales tax now is expected to fall nearly 17 percent short of original expectations, or $19.3 million less than projected.

The Fayette County School System’s penny sales tax for education (ESPLOST) is a little more than half way through the collection period that spans five years. The maximum collection ceiling was established at $115 million though the current projection puts potential collections at $95.7 million. Read More»

Special needs camp on Fayette Commission’s agenda Thursday

Critics of rezoning decry traffic, noise impact on rural area

There is expected to be some contention Thursday night when the Fayette County Commission considers a rezoning to allow a camp for special needs youth on a 494-acre tract in unincorporated Fayette County off Ebenezer Church Road. Read More»

Fayette BoE is millions short of balancing its budget

Despite savings from fewer people being hired, the Fayette County School System still is several million dollars short of a balanced budget for the school year that begins in July. The projected fund balance for June 30 is now anticipated to be $13 million, but even that figure will not forestall the need to cut millions in expenditures prior to Read More»

A look at ‘central office’ staff pay in Fayette School System

Over a period of nearly two years The Citizen has looked at a number of expenditure categories related to the operation of the Fayette County School System. That look continues with a review of the job positions of those employees that are not housed in the system’s schools.

Accounting for revenue-neutral positions, there are 140 non-school-based positions earning an average salary of $50,129 in the school system that employs more than 3,000 staff members. Read More»

Budget crunch will shorten Fayette's next school year, cut staff pay

Fayette County Board of Education member Marion Key.

A budget crisis for the Fayette County Board of Education means a later start and a shorter school year for students and smaller paychecks for nearly all system employees for next year. The board on Dec. 12 approved the school calendar for FY 2012-2013 on a 4-1 vote. The new calendar comes with 177 school days and a savings of $3.3 million through decreased employee work days and reduced costs for fuel and utilities. The school year will begin on Aug. 13 and end on May 24. Read More»

PTC names 2 ‘rec’ roads, will help visibility for visitors

Peachtree City has officially named the access drives leading to Peachtree City’s Meade Field and Kedron Fieldhouse/Pool recreation centers.

Doing so will help improve visibility for visitors to both amenities.

In the case of Meade Field, the new alignment of Rockaway Road in south Peachtree City left part of the old Rockaway Road as an access driveway to the softball and soccer complex. The road also provides access to the city’s recycling center.

That road was renamed “Meade Field Drive.” Read More»

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