Government

Coweta Charter Academy: state says ‘yes,’ Coweta says ‘no’

Members of the Coweta County Board of Education vote down the charter school request. Photo/Special.

The Coweta Charter Academy at Senoia was one of nine charter schools approved June 28 for State-Charter Special School status by the State Board of Education. That vote came four days after the Coweta County Board of Education voted 6-1 to deny the application, and hence the local tax dollars, that would have allowed the school to continue its operation and to expand in August. Read More»

Fayette students again in top percentiles of state testing

Fayette County third, fifth and eighth students maintained their statewide academic standing during the 2010-2011 school year by scoring high on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test. Only a small number of school systems tallied higher scores.

School system spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach said Fayette’s scores showed improvement this year and were among the best in the state. Read More»

Construction has begun on Phase II of West Fayetteville Bypass

Road construction crews are busy at what is still the intersection of Sandy Creek Road and Tillman Road and what will eventually be Sandy Creek at the West Fayetteville Bypass. The Tillman Road to Eastin Road section of Phase 2 is expected to be completed in approximately 15 months. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Motorists driving along Sandy Creek Road just north of Phase 1 of the West Fayetteville bypass have likely noticed road work underway at the intersection with Tillman Road.

Work on the new intersection marks the beginning of the Tillman Road to Eastin Road section of Phase 2. With most of the right-of-way secured, the Tillman/Eastin section is expected to be completed in approximately 15 months. Read More»

UPDATED: Budget ‘deficit’ for Fayette County?

Fayette by 3-to-2 OKs $88 million budget; Brown says it spends down reserves

UPDATED for June 29 print edition — On a 3-2 vote June 24, the Fayette County Commission adopted a total $88.6 million budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

The budget includes a new 911 tax district for all homes in Fayette County, with a 0.2 millage rate that would cost $19 a year on a home valued at $250,000. It would be assessed on all homes in the county because all are served by the county’s 911 system. Read More»

UPDATED: NO to ‘biggest tax break in Fayette history’

In a composite shot from file photos are (L) Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown and County Commission Chairman Herb Frady.

Brown’s sales tax shift killed 3-to-2; crowd criticizes West F’ville Bypass

UPDATED for June 29 print edition — The seats were packed for the June 23 Fayette County Commission meeting, but most left the meeting with their hopes unfulfilled.

The lion’s share of the crowd appeared to support an effort by Commissioner Steve Brown to use a new Georgia law to divert transportation sales tax money away towards a host of overdue county purchases and projects and/or a property tax break for citizens. Read More»

Coweta BoE denies Senoia charter school application

The Coweta County Board of Education in a June 24 called meeting voted 6-1 to deny the application by the Coweta Charter Academy at Senoia that would have allowed the K-3 school to continue to operate and to expand through the seventh grade in August. Read More»

Senoia annexes 88-acre Village West development

The mixed use Village West proposal on Ga. Highway 16 on Senoia’s west side was annexed at the June 20 City Council meeting. The annexation request by Lindsey Homes pertained to a residential and commercial development on 88 acres on the north and south sides of Hwy. 16.

The mixed-use Village West development submitted by developer David Lindsey showed the 88-acre property resembling an inverted “T,” with the vertical portion situated on the north side of Hwy. 16 and the horizontal portion on the south side. The north side property is surrounded on all sides by the existing city limits. Read More»

PTC eyes $2 million in equipment, projects for ’12

Peachtree City Manager Jim Pennington. Photo/John Munford.

Faced with necessary and critical infrastructure repair and maintenance, along with vehicle replacements, Peachtree City is poised to use financing in the coming year to the tune of $2 million or more.

So far the figure adds up to some $1.76 million, but the figure is expected to climb after having an independent analysis of city infrastructure, officials said at Monday’s budget workshop between city staff and the City Council. Read More»

PTC shifts more money to tree removal

Storms knocked down bigger trees that require contractor aid

Since Peachtree City had spent its entire budgeted amount for contracted tree removal, the City Council agreed to shift more funding to cover the rest of the year.

Last week council voted to shift $28,000 in city reserves, which also covers some $8,000 in street supplies that had already been shifted towards the tree removal instead. Read More»

Senoia beautification award

Senoia beautification award

Harwell Photography owner Jeremy Harwell (at right) on June 20 receives the Senoia Downtown Development Authority’s 2011 Award of Excellence presented by DDA Chair Suzanne Helfman and Mayor Robert Belisle. The annual award is presented for efforts to beautify and improve the city. The award specified Harwell’s garden walkway adjacent to the studio at 28 Main Street. Photo/Ben Nelms.