Government

PTC planners to vote on shrunken 54W retail

A scaled-down shopping center plan along Ga. Highway 54 West near Planterra Way will be considered for approval by the Peachtree City Planning Commission at its Sept. 22 meeting. And a new Dunkin’ Donuts for PTC’s westside will be considered. Read More»

PTC expands first offender program

Peachtree City is renaming its first offender program for municipal court and widening its scope.

In the past, the program has been limited to persons under 21 years old, allowing them to have a charge of underage possession of alcohol removed from their record should they successfully complete their sentence.

The new “pre-trial intervention program” is being expanded to include other minor offenses, and also eliminate the age requirement. Read More»

Council approves fix for PTC library exterior

Report: contractor failed to follow construction drawings

A solution has been found to repair the exterior wall problem that has necessitated closure of the downstairs entrance to the Peachtree City Library.

The investigation into the problem, meanwhile, determined that Conmac Construction failed to follow construction drawings when the walls were erected, failing to attach them to the interior concrete block wall and steel frame. Conmac built the walls when the library was expanded in 1995. Read More»

Seatbelt lauded for saving life in violent Feb. crash

Michelle Lewis (R) thanked Peachtree City police and firefighters for helping rescue her after the violent Feb. 9 collision. The award was presented by Police Chief H.C. “Skip” Clark and Mayor Don Haddix (L). Photo/John Munford.

When Michelle Lewis put on her seatbelt Feb. 9, she may not have known its importance.

But when her car was struck by another vehicle, launching it into the air, that seatbelt saved her life, police said. And that’s why Lewis was presented with the “Saved by the Belt” award from the Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute Thursday night. Read More»

Coweta looks to adopt $59 million budget

The Coweta County 2012 General Fund budget expected to be adopted later this month by county commissioners totals $59.1 million. County Finance Director Hans Wilson in a presentation to the board Sept. 8 said that FY 2012, like FY 2011, will be financially challenging across all funds.

The proposed budget includes no cost of living adjustments for county employees, Wilson said. The county has changed its third-party administrator for healthcare insurance and the healthcare network, moves that will hopefully bring some savings in healthcare costs, Wilson added. Read More»

Mann goes public on issue with deputy coroner

It was not the usual type of topic to surface during the public comments portion of a meeting of the Coweta County Commission. But that was the venue chosen by county resident Judy Mann on who used the occasion on Sept. 8 to call into question the demeanor of Coweta County Deputy Coroner Della Dean in a conversation she had with Mann at Piedmont Newnan Hospital after the death of Mann’s husband. Mann said she requested but received no apology from Coroner Ray Yeager. Read More»

Coweta ESPLOST receipts edging up

A Sept. 13 report to the Coweta County Board of Education indicated that the recent downward trend in the school system’s collections of 1-cent sales tax (ESPLOST) revenues may have turned the corner.

Assistant Superintendent for Finance Keith Chapman told board members that on a year-to-year basis the overall picture shows the school system “still seeing good dollars coming in.” Read More»

Fayette may add notices for any new proposed celltower

Fayette County planning officials will be reviewing the relatively new celltower ordinance for possible changes, including the addition of a notification process for adjacent property owners.

The review comes on the heels of a new celltower under construction on Crabapple Lane, near several homes in Peachtree City’s Kedron Hills neighborhood. Read More»

F'ville eyes speed limit changes

The Fayetteville City Council on Sept. 15 will hear a proposal that would reduce the speed limit on Beauregard Avenue and South Jeff Davis Drive. The council will also hear proposals on extending the moratorium on sweepstakes Internet cafes and on minor changes to the precious metals sales ordinance. Read More»

Fayette, Coweta designated federal agricultural disaster areas for drought, heat

Ongoing drought and excessive heat have created an officially designated disaster for area farmers, the federal government says.

Fayette and Coweta counties are among 150 Georgia counties designated as agricultural disaster areas eligible for federal relief funds, according to Gov. Nathan Deal in a Sept. 9 news release.

Other area counties receiving the federal designation include Fulton, Douglas, Henry, Pike, Carroll and Meriwether. Neighboring Clayton was named a “contiguous disaster” county also. Read More»