Government

Coweta commissioners initiate look at pay increase

Outgoing Coweta County Commissioner Randolph Collins earlier this month surfaced the idea of increasing the pay for commissioners and tying it to a 10 percent of the salary earned by Superior Court judges. The caveat on his motion approved by a 3-2 vote was that, if subsequently approved the General Assembly, the measure would not take effect until 2015 after the terms of all serving commissioners had expired. Read More»

PTC has 71 apply for city manager job

Peachtree City has received 71 applications from across the country for its vacant city manager position, according to interim City Manager Nikki Vrana.

Those applications are being narrowed down by a committee that includes Vrana, the city attorney, the city’s human resources administrator and also Tom Hall, the city manager from LaGrange.

The committee plans to do interviews the week of Jan. 10 with the “short list” of candidates, Vrana said. Then the committee will narrow the field to about four candidates, she added. Read More»

Roundabout to be considered for Crosstown-Parkway intersection?

Engineering firm will also draw up simple right-turn lane additions; council against traffic light

An engineering company that will prepare conceptual designs for scaled-back improvements to the intersection of Peachtree Parkway and Crosstown Drive will also look at the possibility of making the intersection into a two-lane roundabout. Read More»

PTC cops to get eight new rides

Peachtree City police will get eight new patrol vehicles, but a request to use leftover savings to buy a previously-delayed motorcycle was denied unanimously by the City Council last week.

The city will spend $148,546 for seven Ford Crown Victoria patrol cars, another $25,366 for a Chevy Tahoe patrol vehicle and another $97,329 to add the needed aftermarket equipment to each, including cameras and radios. Read More»

Coweta adopts new outside watering rules

The Coweta County Commission last week unanimously adopted an ordinance amendment on outside watering that will put the county in compliance with recent changes in state law. Though there are a number of exceptions included, the ordinance requires outside watering to be done between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m.

The ordinance pertains to the passage of Senate Bill 370 that was signed into law on June 1. The law requires that cities, counties and water suppliers incorporate into their ordinances the restrictions on watering outdoor landscaping. Read More»

PTC trims cost of new fire truck after bids come in high

When bids for a new fire engine came in at $20,000 over Peachtree City’s budgeted amount, there was a decision to be made.

Instead of asking the City Council for more money, the committee of personnel who developed the specifications went back to the drawing board with a scalpel. They cut or scaled back items from the vehicle to get several thousand dollars below the budgeted amount.

The city will pay $506,232 for the new pumper-rescue truck, with the remaining $7,000 in savings needed to add tools, equipment and the radio system for the truck. Read More»

Georgia adds a seat in the U.S. House

It’s official. Georgia’s population growth over the past decade to nearly 9.7 million residents has resulted in the addition of another seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, bringing the state’s representation to 14 seats. The election for that new seat will occur in 2012. Read More»

Power shift ahead for Fayette Board of Education?

The newest member of the Fayette County Board of Education, Sam Tolbert, takes the oath of office recently administered by Probate Judge Ann Jackson. Photo/Ben Nelms.

With a newly elected member, the Fayette County Board of Education’s first meeting of 2011 on Jan. 4 may see a shift in voting power.

The board’s alignment for the past few years has featured a 3-to-2 split sometimes, with board members Bob Todd and Marion Key being on the short end of the vote.

That may change in the coming year as Sam Tolbert joins the five-member board, replacing Lee Wright, who did not run for reelection. Read More»

McCarty, Brown make 10-point ‘Promise to constituents’

Newly-sworn Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown points to map of potential mass transit plans for metro Atlanta, including Fayette County. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Fayette County Commission chambers were full Monday morning as Commissioner-elect Allen McCarty and Commissioner-elect Steve Brown were sworn in by Probate Judge Ann Jackson. After the ceremony McCarty presented their pledge to Fayette County residents.

A 10-point pledge, “Our promise to our constituents,” outlined many of the issues raised by Brown and McCarty that led to their election in November. Read More»

New Fayette County commissioners sworn in

New Fayette County commissioners sworn in

Fayette County Probate Judge Ann Jackson is flanked by the county’s newly sworn commissioners, (L) Allen McCarty and Steve Brown. The ceremony in the packed county commission chambers took place Dec. 27. Photo/Ben Nelms.