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School closings on the table for Fayette School Board

From left, Fayette County Board of Education member Janet Smola and Chairman Bob Todd. Photos/Ben Nelms.

Revenues falling, expenses rising, BoE begins next year’s budget talks now; how about a 4-day school week?

Money is tight, and school enrollment is stagnant or falling. So the Fayette County Board of Education met Aug. 1 to talk about what to do about a shortfall of $9-10 million at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year next July.

Among the ideas to increase revenues: Let out-of-county students pay tuition to attend Fayette schools, plus aggressively rent out school facilities after-hours to churches, civic and other groups. Read More»

Changes to F’ville business park zoning district to be studied

A proposed amendment to the Fayetteville Business Park (BP) zoning district adds a number of new permitted uses that city staff say will help create planned development and related commercial opportunities for the city’s future. The measure will come before the City Council for a vote at the Aug. 4 meeting. Read More»

PTC cancels discussion to kill development authority

A discussion about possibly dissolving the Development Authority of Peachtree City won't be taking place at Thursday night's City Council meeting after all.

The matter, which was initially placed on the agenda at the request of Councilman Eric Imker, has since been removed from the meeting agenda. The Citizen received notice of the change after the Wednesday print edition was sent to press.

The reason for the cancellation was not mentioned in the notice submitted by the city. Read More»

Brown: Budget may be issue for Hwy. 74/I-85 fix

One of the projects that stands to benefit the most from a potential regional sales tax is improvements to the interchange of Ga. Highway 74 and Interstate 85, just outside the Fayette-Fulton County line. Read More»

Big F’ville roundabout project moves ahead despite regional sales tax uncertainty

The Ga. Highway 92/Hood Avenue/Jeff Davis Connector project in Fayetteville has been approved for local funding but its status on the list of possible regional transportation sales tax projects to be decided by voters in July 2012 is not looking good at this point.

Meantime, the project is proceeding, with 30 percent of the design work complete and negotiations underway for property needed to link the three roadways. Read More»

PTC Council to hear about intersection issues, Dividend Drive pavement

The Peachtree City Council will conduct a workshop meeting Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss traffic issues at the intersection of Peachtree Parkway and Loring Lane, along with the pavement evaluation of Dividend Drive, the main thoroughfare through the city's industrial park.

The workshop will be held at City Hall. No formal vote is expected from council on either matter, as workshops are traditionally held for information sharing purposes.

School system employees: notify system when charged with crime

If you are a Fayette County school teacher and you get busted by the cops for anything above a traffic ticket, you have to report yourself to the principal.

That’s the gist of a new Fayette County School System policy under consideration by the Board of Education.

Human Resources Director Reanee Ellis in commenting on the policy noted that much of what is contained in it is already found other policies and is covered in the ethics training given to school system employees. Read More»

PTC may disband development authority

Is there room in Peachtree City’s economic development plan for the Development Authority of Peachtree City? That was the question on the minds of DAPC members as they met for the first time since March in light of a funding cut-off by the Peachtree City Council. Read More»

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»

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