Government

Two announce intent to fill Seabaugh’s Senate seat

The vacancy for the District 28 Senate seat that came with Sen. Mitch Seabaugh’s transition on Oct. 3 as Georgia Deputy State Treasurer led to the announcement by Gov. Nathan Deal that a non-partisan special election to fill the seat will be held Nov. 8. The announcement quickly resulted in Coweta residents Matt Brass and Duke C. Blackburn, Jr. stating their intention to run for the seat.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp Oct. 3 announced receipt of Gov. Deal’s Writ of Election setting Nov. 8 as the date for the special election to fill the vacancy in State Senate District 28. Read More»

Fayette school board to appoint volunteer to fill Post 5

Want to serve on the Fayette County Board of Education for the next three years?

Drop off a résumé by Halloween. One catch: You have to live in the Post 5 geographic area.

The need to fill the seat of Fayette County Board of Education Post 5 member Sam Tolbert — who passed away in September — will be accomplished in the coming days by soliciting information from interested citizens who live in the Post 5 area. The new board member will be appointed by a majority vote of the four remaining board members and will serve through the full unexpired term that extends through the end of 2014. Read More»

PTC sewer board nixes raises

The 26 employees of Peachtree City’s sewer system will not see any cost of living or merit increases this year.

That’s because the city Water and Sewer Authority voted unanimously to ditch the increases for the 2011-2012 budget year. That move will save $56,623.

The vote came at the end of a protracted discussion about one authority member’s calculations of the year-to-year increase in employee benefits. Read More»

PTC eyes OK of $6 million loan for bubble, repairs, loan re-fi

To fund necessary repairs and upgrades at city-owned facilities and finance two existing loans, the Peachtree City Council is expected to sign off on a revenue bond for up to $6 million at its regular meeting Thursday night.

The bond will include $3 million in improvements and the refinancing of two loans totaling $6 million. The loan refinancing will save the city a projected $148,000, officials said.

The city will be on the hook for repaying the bonds, with the debt service for the bonds and refinancing estimated to cost $634,000 a year over a 10-year period. Read More»

F’ville Chief Heaton presses council to lower speed limits

The Fayetteville City Council sets its sights on lowering the speed limits on two major thoroughfares at its meeting this Thursday.

The Council on Sept. 15 heard a proposal that would reduce the speed limit on Beauregard Boulevard and South Jeff Davis Drive and to continue the expanded school zone along Grady Avenue.

The part of the proposal pertaining to South Jeff Davis led to a request by Councilman Al Hovey-King to see the details on which the recommendation was based. Read More»

F’ville Council candidates to debate Oct. 16 at Harvest Community Church

Six candidates will compete for three Fayetteville elected offices on Nov. 8. Fayetteville citizens can meet the candidates and hear their visions for the future of Fayetteville at a candidate debate on Oct. 18 at The Harvest Community Christian Church.

The church is located at 383 Fayette Place (North Glynn St), Fayetteville, in the old movie theater behind the yellow-front Mexican restaurant.

The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for a meet and greet with the candidates and the debate will begin at 7 p.m. Read More»

Rotary PTC candidates forum changed again

The Peachtree City Rotary Club has rescheduled its “Meet the Candidates” forum for Monday, Oct. 24 from 7-9 p.m.

The event is being moved to The Gathering Place senior citizen center as well, organizers said. Previous forums have been hosted at the Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center.

The candidate forum, a place for the community to ask questions of those running for city council, has been a long-standing tradition of the Rotary Club. Read More»

Regional sales tax may ‘speed up’ East Fayetteville Bypass

As construction plows ahead with the West Fayetteville Bypass, progress is being made behind the scenes on the East Fayetteville Bypass, according to Fayette County Public Works Director Phil Mallon.

But if a regional sales tax is approved in July 2012, that timetable could be sped up significantly, Mallon said. That's because the county would no longer need federal funds for the project, and it wouldn’t have to go through the tedious federal pre-construction process, officials said. Read More»

Seasonal flu shots available at Fayette Health Dept.

It’s the time of the season for anyone wanting to take advantage of the annual seasonal flu vaccine. The vaccine is available now at the Fayette County Health Department in Fayetteville.

“The first and most important step in protecting against the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season,” said Hayla Hall, risk communicator for District 4 Public Health. “Everyone 6 months of age and older is recommended to be vaccinated against influenza.” Read More»

Coweta's Seabaugh named new deputy state treasurer

Republican State Sen. Mitch Seabaugh of Sharpsburg will be trading in his politician's wares for those of a prominent state employee. Read More»

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