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PTC changes alcohol distances

New colleges could have affected Westpark businesses

Peachtree City has tweaked its alcohol license distance requirements to accommodate existing businesses in the Westpark Walk shopping center.

The reason for the change, according to city staff, is the impact of colleges moving into office buildings in the Westpark area, which could have impacted businesses in the Westpark Walk shopping center. Among those are Carrabbas, El Ranchero, Pascal’s Bistro and City Tap.

Both Atlanta Christian College and Clayton State University have been leasing space in buildings near Westpark, officials said. Read More»

PTC OK’s concessions for pool, deck at two homes

A variance to the rear setback of a home in the Fairfield subdivision was granted by the Peachtree City Council last week, allowing the homeowners to add a deck to the rear of their home.

Council also agreed, in a separate matter, to abandon a portion of an unused easement to allow the homeowners at 108 Nettlecure Court to build a in-ground swimming pool in their backyard. Read More»

PTC to donate dive team equipment

Last week the Peachtree City Council voted to dispose of the fire department’s dive team equipment by donating it to the Henry County Fire Department.
It was the final act in a process beginning in March during which council decided not to fund the dive team operations any longer.

A major factor in the decision was the budget, as the dive team needed a projected $59,000 in funding over the next two years. Among those costs was an estimated $41,000 for communications equipment used for underwater and land-based personnel. Read More»

PTC to regulate donation boxes

You’ve seen them all over town. Big metal “donation boxes” designed to accumulate goods such as books, clothes and other items that can be re-used or recycled.

Their proliferation got to the point where last week the Peachtree City Council adopted a set of rules to govern their location and exterior in an effort to make them less obtrusive. Read More»

Fayetteville to raise tax rate, OKs $9.41M budget

The agenda for the Fayetteville City Council was heavier than usual July 21 and included the adoption of a $9.41 million Fiscal Year 2012 budget, passage of an ordinance pertaining to restrictions on the sale of precious metals and the passage of another rule allowing negotiations on impact and sewer proportionate fees. Read More»

Fayette E-SPLOST revenues may drop 20%

It was no surprise to hear Fayette County School System Comptroller Laura Brock tell the Fayette County Board of Education July 19 that 1-cent education sales tax (ESPLOST) revenues being collected could fall short of the $115 million collection ceiling by the end of the collection period. Read More»

Fayette BoE begins in the hole for next budget

Students are still savoring the last days of summer vacation, but the Fayette County Board of Education is already hitting the books for the following year — the financial books.

At the Aug. 1 work session, board members will begin grappling with expected tight revenues and deciding what cuts have to be made to balance the budget for the 2012-2013 school year. Read More»

Kids, bring your iPads to class?!? Plus, maybe more electives for Fayette high schools

The Fayette County Board of Education heard a proposal July 19 that would alter the six-period daily schedule at the county’s five high schools and another that would allow students to use their personal electronic devices in the classroom to “enhance educational opportunities.” Both proposals will be discussed further at upcoming board meetings. Read More»

UPDATED: PTC mayor vows to fight council censure

Mayor Don Haddix (back to the camera, right) walks out of the July 21 City Council meeting. Photo/John Munford.

UPDATED FOR PRINT July 27,2011 — Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix is not about to apologize for what his fellow council members are calling a pattern of “negative comments” that affect the city’s working relationship with other persons and agencies.

Haddix left Thursday’s council meeting prematurely in an effort to insure that he has a chance to respond to an effort to reprimand him that is being undertaken by three other city council members. Read More»

Frady: Fayette a ‘donor’ county in regional sales tax, as local projects drop off list

Fayette County Commission Chairman Herb Frady. File photo.

One of Fayette County’s two negotiators for regional transportation projects says at this stage it looks as if Fayette taxpayers will be sending out more sales tax money than they will receive in return.

That comes after the list of projects in Fayette County under consideration for possible regional sales tax funding keeps dwindling.

The latest round of cuts, released Thursday, were so severe that Fayette County Commission Chairman Herb Frady bluntly assessed: “It looks like Fayette will be a donor county.” Read More»

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