Government

PTC's Rep. Ramsey reviews his immigration bill success

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has said he will sign the controversial immigration reform bill that was carried through the legislature by Republican Rep. Matt Ramsey of Peachtree City.

The bill was in a bit of tug-and-war before it was ultimately passed by the House and the Senate April 14, the last day of the legislative session.

In that process, the bill received a few minor changes, but Ramsey said the most important elements remained in place. Read More»

Hearn apologizes for his silence on vote for cousin to elections board

After enduring criticism from a handful of residents Thursday night, Fayette County Commissioner Lee Hearn apologized for not previously disclosing that the commission’s appointee to the Fayette County Elections Board was in fact his second cousin. Read More»

False home, business security alarms in PTC are about to get expensive

In a bid to free up police resources currently tied up in responding to false burglar alarms, the Peachtree City Council is being asked to adopt an ordinance that would establish fines for more than two false alarms a year for a given location. Read More»

F’ville to have final vote on sex shop rules

The Fayetteville City Council on April 21 will hear the final reading of an amendment to the sexually-oriented business ordinance. The proposal, intended to update the original ordinance first adopted in 1998, adds a number of new conditions, restrictions and definitions.

The proposed amendment is being recommended to address several current issues pertaining to various types of adult businesses, said city senior planner Linwood Robinson. Read More»

Landscaping to ‘soften’ 74S sound walls

$50,000 grant from DOT requires no extra city funding

A $50,000 grant is in the works to add landscaping for Ga. Highway 74 South in Peachtree City.

The big news is that the grant will “soften” one of the most harsh features of the newly-widened highway: the sound walls on the east side of the road.

Perhaps just as significant is there is no local match required. Which is to say the city doesn’t have to kick in any of its own money toward the project.

Community Development Director David Rast said he is curious to see how much the city can accomplish with the grant, which is being bestowed by the Georgia Department of Transportation. Read More»

Pay restoration, other issues at Fayette BoE meeting April 19

The potential for restoring a 3 percent pay cut to school system employees, an update on upcoming budget considerations and other issues will be taken up on April 19 by the Fayette County Board of Education. Read More»

Ga. Supreme Court to rule on PTC annexation

The legitimacy of a 2007 annexation in northwest Peachtree City will be decided by the Georgia Supreme Court.

Attorneys for each party participated in oral arguments last week, advancing their position on the matter. City resident David Worley, himself an attorney, is hoping to overturn the annexation, which would add 1,125 homes on 779 acres west of Ga. Highway 74 and north of the current terminus of MacDuff Parkway. Read More»

Recoat project OK’d for Peachtree City City Hall

A project to recoat the exterior of Peachtree City’s City Hall building was approved by the City Council at its April 7 meeting.

The exterior needs to be re-sealed every so often to prevent drainage problems like the one experienced several years back that required a significant modification to the interior of council chambers, officials said.

The lowest qualified bidder was Engineered Restoration, Inc. Read More»

Immigration revamp passes House, Senate

Ramsey happy with results; next trick is getting Governor's signature

Georgia is now one step away from having a very aggressive immigration law.

In the last day of the legislative session Thursday, the Georgia House and Senate agreed to the legislation pushed by Peachtree City Republican Rep. Matt Ramsey. Read More»

Sheriff to ask Fayette for increase in inmate medical budget

Healthcare costs are rising, even in jail.

With the jail population up significantly in recent years, Fayette County Sheriff Wayne Hannah is asking for more funding to pay for additional privatized healthcare staffing at the facility. Read More»

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