Government

DOT OKs fix for Hwy. 85, Bernhard Rd.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has approved a $2.16 million contract to improve the intersection of Ga. Highway 85 south and Bernhard Road in south Fayette County.

The project will involve grading improvements and a realignment of the road among other changes. The contract was awarded to E.R. Snell Contractor, Inc. of Snellville.

The bid award was announced by DOT Friday. The project is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 30, 2012.

Senate runoff race coming Dec. 6

It is down to the wire for Mike Crane and Duke Blackburn. The top two vote-getters in the runoff election for the Dist. 28 state Senate seat are set to have the voters make their choice on Dec. 6.

Dist. 28 includes all of Coweta and Heard counties and portions of Carroll and Troup counties.
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PTC Council eyes tree cutting rules, wine tasting events

Peachtree City is expected to relax its tree removal rules somewhat at Thursday night’s City Council meeting.

The new ordinance will require permits for trees larger than six inches in diameter compared to the current regulations which require a permit for any tree three inches in diameter. Read More»

Steele to gavel his last F’ville Council

The agenda for the Dec. 1 meeting of the Fayetteville City Council will be brief. Perhaps more significant than the few agenda items is that it will be the last meeting for long-time Mayor Kenneth Steele, who served both on the City Council and as mayor since the mid-1990s. Read More»

Fayette School Board appointee Presberg to focus ‘on issues and kids’

Leonard Presberg, appointed in November to fill out the remaining three years of an unexpired term.

Look beyond the test scores to measure how good our school system is, says newly appointed Fayette County Board of Education member Leonard Presberg.

The newest board member also said he has no affiliation with the current board members, will not serve as the third vote on any voting bloc and intends to focus “on the issues and the kids.”

Presberg emphasized that test scores are important but they are not the only measure. Read More»

PTC to get tech assessment before computer purchase

Peachtree City officials have put a temporary halt on a computer upgrade program in favor of a thorough review of the city’s existing technology and its future needs.

In mid-November the City Council authorized spending $32,142 for a technology consultant to evaluate the city’s existing technology and provide recommendations on how to best spend its future technology dollars. Read More»

PTC may relax tree removal ordinance

Peachtree City may be relaxing its tree ordinance somewhat in an effort to free up code enforcement officers while also leaving a process in place to protect larger and specimen trees. Read More»

Planners OK 94-unit Kedron senior apartments

A senior apartment complex off Newgate Road next to the Kedron Village shopping center has its go-ahead greenlight from the Peachtree City Planning Commission. Read More»

F’ville development dispute pits NAACP lawyer against city

A dispute has arisen between attorney and Heritage Creek Development owner Wayne Kendall and the city of Fayetteville over what Kendall says was unfair treatment he received from the city in mid-2010.

That was when Kendall filed a rezoning application for property at the Villages at Lafayette commercial site along Ga. Highway 54 West that would have featured a Beverly J. Searles Foundation senior apartment facility to anchor the development. Read More»

Rep. Ramsey: Legislature to focus on pro-business issues

State Rep. Matt Ramsey (R-Peachtree City). File photo.

It’s getting closer to January, when the Georgia Legislature convenes for its annual session of adding, subtracting, amending and deleting Georgia law.

The upcoming session will of course be dominated by the budget again, but Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, is hopeful that after the past several years of significant cuts the state has reached a point where the revenue and expenses are more stable. Read More»