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.

PTC’s 2 councilwomen, Learnard and Fleisch, come out for Imker

Peachtree City Council members (L-R) Kim Learnard, Vanessa Fleisch and Eric Imker. Photo composite/File.

Incoming Councilman Dienhart criticized for ‘making assumptions’

Peachtree City Council members Vanessa Fleisch and Kim Learnard want voters to know they are indeed supporting the re-election of Eric Imker to the Post 1 council seat.

Both cited assumptions that could be drawn from comments made by incoming Councilman George Dienhart in an article published in Saturday’s Citizen about Dienhart’s endorsement of Imker’s opponent, political newcomer Steve Allen.

In that article, Dienhart said: “Everything I have seen and heard from the people I have talked to leads me to believe Eric is a big problem with the discord on the current City Council.” Read More»

Rep. Lewis: ‘Need NAACP now more than at any time’

Receiving honors at the Fayette County NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet held Oct. 29 at the Wyndham in Peachtree City were (L-R) Fayette County School System Deputy Superintendent Fred Oliver; Omega Psi Phi President Tommy Ambrose; Congressman John Lewis; Julia H. Wrightt; Wayne Kendall; and Fayette County High School student Nicholas Britt. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The house was packed Oct. 29 at the Wyndham Peachtree Hotel and Conference Center as the Fayette County Branch of the NAACP held its 14th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet. Front and center for the occasion was keynote speaker Congressman John Lewis.

This year’s banquet theme was “Standing on the Legacy of our Past, Forging an Understanding for the Future.”

Fayette NAACP Branch President John Jones said Lewis is dedicated to the highest ethical standards and moral principles which have won him the admiration of many of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the United States Congress. Read More»

Candidate slates not related to voting district lawsuit, says NAACP

(L-R) Tyrone Council mayoral candidate Derrick Jackson, Tyrone Council Post 2 candidate Pota Coston and Fayetteville Post 1 candidate Edward Johnson. Photo composite/Ben Nelms.

Three candidates in three council races in Fayetteville and Tyrone are black, the most minority candidates in local elections in Fayette history. The Fayetteville candidate, pastor Ed Johnson, is the past president of the Fayette chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Is this coincidental or does this unprecedented slate have anything to do with the NAACP’s district voting lawsuit against Fayette County?

The Fayette County attorney who filed the voting rights lawsuit — Wayne Kendall — says, “No,” there’s no connection. Read More»

Rep. Ramsey: Don’t worry about paying for MARTA

Rep. Matt Ramsey at the podium in the Georgia House of Representatives. Photo/File.

Gov. Nathan Deal has created a “Transit Governance Task Force” to develop a legislative proposal for consideration by the legislature next January.

And that has some Fayette residents nervous they might be forced to pay a transit tax in the future, even though there currently is no transit service here.

But Fayette County state Representative Matt Ramsey said there isn’t any support in the legislature, outside of DeKalb and Fulton counties, for expanding the penny sales tax for MARTA. Read More»

PTC candidates mostly self-funded

All three candidates running for Peachtree City Council have sought little fiscal support from residents.

Although each has put in their own money, George Dienhart was the only one to report contributions from others.

Both Post 1 candidates have elected to use just their own money instead. Imker has donated to his own campaign for the $180 qualifying fee and $25 for a “vendor table.” Likewise, Allen has donated $396.90 to his own campaign to cover qualifying fee and also purchase campaign signs. Read More»

Dienhart endorses Allen for PTC council seat

New councilman blames incumbent Imker for ‘council discord’

This much is sure: George Dienhart, running unopposed, will have a seat on the Peachtree City Council starting Jan. 1.The question remains as to who will win the other council race: sitting Post 1 councilman Eric Imker or challenger Steve Allen. Read More»

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