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»

Variance will allow covered porch that encroaches rear setback

A Peachtree City couple will be able to add a covered porch on top of their existing deck thanks to a variance approved by the city council last week.

The variance for Michael and Donna Regan will allow the porch to be built on top of an existing deck, which will result in a 7.6 foot encroachment into the required 30-foot rear building setback.

The home is in the Fishers Bank subdivision, and one of the swaying factors was that Mrs. Regan would not be able to enjoy the outdoors without the screened porch due to her allergy to bee and wasp stings. Read More»

PTC Planners to consider 54W RaceTrac Monday

Company removes red stripe from canopy at commission’s request

In its bid to win approval for a new convenience store/gas station on Ga. Highway 54 West in Peachtree City, RaceTrac has removed a red stripe that was initially proposed for the canopy over the gas pumps. The change was one of several recommended by the city’s planning commission and subsequently adopted by RaceTrac. Read More»

Crane wins Seabaugh’s Senate seat in Coweta

District 28 Senator-elect Mike Crane.

The votes are in and Mike Crane has been elected to fill the Dist. 28 state Senate seat vacated by Mitch Seabaugh. Crane received 60.4 percent of the vote in defeating Duke Blackburn in the Dec. 6 runoff election.

Voters from Coweta, Carroll, Heard and Troup counties had their say, giving Crane 5,381 votes compared to 3,521 from Blackburn. That translates into a 60.4 percent approval for Crane and 39.6 percent for Blackburn. Read More»

Senoia reviews $2.3M budget

The Senoia City Council on Dec. 5 heard the first reading of the 2012 General Fund budget proposed to total $2.3 million. The proposed budget represents an increase of nearly $200,000 over 2011 but is also nearly $60,000 less than the projected costs through the completion of the fiscal year that ends Dec. 31. The budget is expected to be adopted on Dec. 19. Read More»

Westmoreland endorses Gingrich for GOP nomination

Congressman Lynn Westmoreland. File photo.

Third District U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, a former Fayette County resident, has endorsed Newt Gingrich for president.

“Newt is a true conservative and a proven leader who has focused his campaign on the issues, presenting real solutions to the problems facing our country today,” Congressman Westmoreland said. “He is uniting conservatives across the country and I believe he is the best man to defeat President Obama. I’m proud to put my support behind Newt and look forward to helping him win back the White House.” Read More»

F’ville senior apartments on indefinite hold

Prospects have dimmed for the Lafayette Senior Village development on Lafayette Avenue and Ga. Highway 54 West in Fayetteville that was approved by the Fayetteville City Council in June.

The development has been put on hold after the project was not selected in the current round of funding. The senior residential living project was a federal tax credit-funded arrangement routed through the Georgia Dept. of Community Affairs (DCA) Read More»

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