Government

F’ville to review Olive Garden sign request

The sign variance request by the new Olive Garden restaurant on Ga. Highway 85 North to install an additional sign will be reconsidered by Fayetteville City Council on Nov. 17.

The original request was denied in October but is being recommended by city staff for approval because the private access drive near which the sign would be located essentially serves as a public street.

City Director of Public Services Don Easterbrook in a Nov. 4 memo said city staff is requesting reconsideration of the sign variance from Olive Garden. Read More»

PTC Council may disband DAPC

After Thursday night, the Development Authority of Peachtree City may cease to exist. The Peachtree City Council will discuss the possibility of dissolving the authority at its meeting Thursday night.

To some, getting rid of DAPC would send a message that Peachtree City doesn’t care enough about the authority’s main missions: Read More»

With RaceTrac coming, PTC Council to decide Hwy. 54W street swap

A few tweaks for the proposed RaceTrac convenience store on Ga. Highway 54 West at Line Creek Drive were suggested by the Peachtree City Planning Commission Monday night, but barring major trouble the project appears headed for approval next month.

As for what will go behind the RaceTrac on the rest of the 13-acre site, it depends in part on an agreement that will be considered by the City Council Thursday night.
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Fayette gets $950K grant to build new emergency center

Fayette County has been selected to receive a $950,000 federal grant to build a new emergency operations center in downtown Fayetteville.

The news was announced at the Nov. 10 meeting of the Fayette County Commission. Currently, the emergency operations center is located on the second floor of the county’s administrative building in downtown Fayetteville.

The existing EOC area represents a potential problem should hazardous weather strike in the area, as it is partly encased in glass and it is also vulnerable because it is not located on ground level, county officials have said. Read More»

19% turnout produces historic F’ville election

Jo Muratti joined numerous other Fayetteville residents at the library on Tuesday, Nov. 8, casting her ballot in three city council races and one alcoholic beverage sales question. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Nov. 8 city election signaled a sweeping change for the City Council, producing a new mayor and two new council members, including the first black person ever elected to a governing post in Fayetteville.

Voters at the end of the day had replaced long-time Mayor Ken Steele and Councilman Wilson Price. In their places will be Mayor-elect Greg Clifton and, on the City Council, Edward Johnson in the Post 1 seat and Mickey Edwards in the Post 2 seat.
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Fayette BoE appoints Presberg to Post 5 seat

Fayette BoE appoints Presberg to Post 5 seat

The Fayette County Board of Education at its Nov. 14 meeting voted unanimously to appoint north Fayette resident Leonard Presberg to fill the Post 5 Board of Education seat that became vacant with the recent passing of board member Sam Tolbert. Presberg was one of seven candidates vying for the seat.

The motion to nominate Presberg was made by board member Janet Smola with board member Marion Key making the second. There was no discussion on the nomination and Presberg immediately received a unanimous vote from the four board members. Read More»

54W street-land swap back on in Peachtree City?

Will it be a 24-hour RaceTrac, or something much bigger coming to Ga. Highway 54 West in Peachtree City? Or maybe both. Read More»

Dienhart off to rocky start with PTC Council

George Dienhart, Peachtree City councilman-elect.

For someone who pledged to improve relationships among council members, Peachtree City councilman-elect George Dienhart didn’t get off to the smoothest of starts.

During the campaign, Dienhart pegged sitting councilman Eric Imker as being a significant source of the strife among council members.

Dienhart also went out on a limb saying he felt Imker’s opponent, Steve Allen, “would be easier to work with” for himself and the other councilmembers. Read More»

Sunday sales, Imker prevail in PTC

In Peachtree City, the voters cared more for their alcohol than any of the City Council candidates on the ballot.

The Sunday alcohol package sales initiative won 2,835 favorable votes, making it more popular than even unopposed council candidate George Dienhart (2,586), re-elected Post 1 incumbent Eric Imker (2,039) and Imker’s unsuccessful challenger, Steve Allen (1,468). Read More»

Tyrone voters pick Dial, Howard, Housley

The run up to the Nov. 8 election in Tyrone must have been like heaven for local sign makers. Campaign signs too many to count dotted the town’s landscape in the weeks prior to the election, but when it was all over Councilman Eric Dial had been elected mayor and first-time candidates Linda Howard and Ryan Housley had been elected to serve on the town council.

When the ballots were counted Dial had garnered 1,204 votes (70 percent) while first-time candidate Derrick Jackson received 523 votes (30 percent). Read More»