Government

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»

Brown faults county for long practice of no-bid contracts

Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown.

Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown is challenging the county’s use of a single firm for engineering services for the Fayette County Water System without seeking bids for individual projects instead.

Brown in a letter to the county’s water committee said he finds the practice “to be unacceptable and not in the best interests of our taxpayers and water patrons.” Read More»

UPDATED: Scott Brown drops out of PTC race; Dienhart is in; forums ahead

UPDATED FOR PRINT Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011 — One half of Peachtree City’s City Council election has been decided well before election day. Smokerise resident Scott Brown Monday morning announced that he is withdrawing his candidacy for the Post 2 council seat. That leaves Robinson Woods Estates resident George Dienhart as the only remaining candidate for Post 2. Read More»

PTC candidate drops out of council race

One half of Peachtree City’s city council election has been decided well before election day.

Smokerise resident Scott Brown this morning announced that he is withdrawing his candidacy for the Post 2 council seat. That leaves Robinson Woods Estates resident George Dienhart as the only remaining candidate for Post 2.

In an email to The Citizen this morning, Brown briefly explained why he is backing out of the race.

“My family and I have made the decision that now is not the right time for me to run,” Brown said in the three-sentence email. Read More»

Resident urges notice for new county celltowers

N. PTC woman says she was unaware until she heard bulldozers

A north Peachtree City resident told the Fayette County Commission Wednesday that she first found out about a new celltower going up near her home when she heard the bulldozers clearing the land.

Maria Kachadurian, who lives in the Kedron Hills subdivision, argued that the county should overturn the administrative approval for the tower site on Crabapple Lane in favor of a competing application a short distance away on Farr Road.

The company behind the Farr Road tower site has filed an appeal that will be heard Sept. 19 by the county’s zoning board of appeals. Read More»

PTC candidate forum set for Oct. 4.

The Peachtree City Rotary Club has changed the date of its “Meet the Candidates” forum.

The forum, which is free and open to the public will be held Tuesday, Oct. 4 at the Wyndham Conference Center on Ga. Highway 54 from 7-9 p.m.

The Rotary candidate forum is a political tradition in Peachtree City, allowing city council candidates to introduce themselves to the public at large while also encouraging questions submitted by the audience. For some residents, the experience is invaluable in helping gauge their support for particular candidates. Read More»

DOT changes speed limit on Hwy. 74 south near post office

Speed limit signs have been moved on Ga. Highway 74 south as a result of a speed study conducted by the Georgia Department of Transportation, city officials have said.

With the new signs, southbound traffic will see a speed limit increase from 40 mph to 50 mph near the post office, and northbound traffic will see a speed limit decrease from 50 mph to 40 mph as they get closer to the intersection of Ga. highways 54 and 74.

The city looked into the matter after a resident inquired about the removal of one of the 50 mph signs near the campus of NCR, city officials said. Read More»

PTC Council tells owner, ‘Deck can stay, but extension must go’

PTC grants rare rear setback variance

A resident in the Hunter’s Glen subdivision in Peachtree City must remove a recent extension to his rear deck because it encroaches onto another resident’s property.

However, the city council has granted a variance that will allow Robert Stratton to keep the original covered deck, even though it encroaches 15 feet into the rear setback. The contractors who built the original deck 15 years ago, and also the recent deck extension, never sought a building permit, a process which almost certainly would have caught the error. Read More»

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