Downtown gazebo named for Lane Brown

It was a way to honor a man with long-time contributions to Fayetteville. The City Council on Dec. 1 voted unanimously to name the gazebo adjacent to the county offices in downtown Fayetteville for the late Ernest Lane Brown, who passed away last month from complications from cancer.

Fayetteville Main Street Director Brian Wismer said having Brown’s name permanently affiliated with the gazebo provided a way to recognize his legacy. The request was made by Fayetteville Main Street and the Fayetteville Downtown Development Authority. Read More»

Economic Development Academy graduates

Economic Development Academy graduates

Fayette County graduates from the Georgia Academy for Economic Development took time for a quick photo after the completion of the recent 2011 Region Three Multi-Day Training Program.

Class participants represented a number of professional and non-professional economic development fields, including elected officials, municipal and county staff, business leaders, educators and social service providers from nine counties in metro Atlanta. Read More»

DOT says OK to wider turn lanes at Grady/Hwy. 85S.

Outgoing councilmen say goodbye. Three members of the Fayetteville City Council conducted their last official meeting last Thursday. Al Hovey-King (center) did not run for reelection this year. Mayor Ken Steele (L) and Councilman Wilson Price were defeated in their reelection bids. Three new members will come on board in January. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It may have been a formality, but an agreement signed by the Ga. Dept. of Transportation (DOT) means that construction on new turn lanes on the west side of Grady Avenue at Ga. Highway 85 South in Fayetteville could begin in January. And to make matters even better, DOT is increasing the amount it will fund for the project.

The new turn lanes were proposed by the city to accommodate the flow of traffic that has been enhanced with the completion earlier this year of the roundabout a couple of blocks to the west at Beauregard Boulevard. Read More»

PTC OKs relaxing tree permits

Will be OK to cut down larger trees

Starting Jan. 1, it will get a little bit easier for Peachtree City residents to remove a tree from their property.

The city will allow bigger trees to be cut down, up to six inches in diameter, so long as they are not in a protected stream, wetland buffer, watershed buffer or conservation easement. Residents will be able to discern such trees easily by getting a copy of their plat from city hall or their personal records.

The plat will be required as part of the submittal package for the tree removal permit. Read More»

DOT OKs fix for Hwy. 85, Bernhard Rd.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has approved a $2.16 million contract to improve the intersection of Ga. Highway 85 south and Bernhard Road in south Fayette County.

The project will involve grading improvements and a realignment of the road among other changes. The contract was awarded to E.R. Snell Contractor, Inc. of Snellville.

The bid award was announced by DOT Friday. The project is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 30, 2012.

Senate runoff race coming Dec. 6

It is down to the wire for Mike Crane and Duke Blackburn. The top two vote-getters in the runoff election for the Dist. 28 state Senate seat are set to have the voters make their choice on Dec. 6.

Dist. 28 includes all of Coweta and Heard counties and portions of Carroll and Troup counties.
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PTC Council eyes tree cutting rules, wine tasting events

Peachtree City is expected to relax its tree removal rules somewhat at Thursday night’s City Council meeting.

The new ordinance will require permits for trees larger than six inches in diameter compared to the current regulations which require a permit for any tree three inches in diameter. Read More»

Steele to gavel his last F’ville Council

The agenda for the Dec. 1 meeting of the Fayetteville City Council will be brief. Perhaps more significant than the few agenda items is that it will be the last meeting for long-time Mayor Kenneth Steele, who served both on the City Council and as mayor since the mid-1990s. Read More»

Fayette School Board appointee Presberg to focus ‘on issues and kids’

Leonard Presberg, appointed in November to fill out the remaining three years of an unexpired term.

Look beyond the test scores to measure how good our school system is, says newly appointed Fayette County Board of Education member Leonard Presberg.

The newest board member also said he has no affiliation with the current board members, will not serve as the third vote on any voting bloc and intends to focus “on the issues and the kids.”

Presberg emphasized that test scores are important but they are not the only measure. Read More»

PTC to get tech assessment before computer purchase

Peachtree City officials have put a temporary halt on a computer upgrade program in favor of a thorough review of the city’s existing technology and its future needs.

In mid-November the City Council authorized spending $32,142 for a technology consultant to evaluate the city’s existing technology and provide recommendations on how to best spend its future technology dollars. Read More»

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