Government

Immigration bill passes Ga. House

Officer alleges it will endanger police by encouraging 'fight or flight' response

A bill aimed at discouraging illegal immigrants from coming to Georgia passed the Georgia House of Representatives Thursday.

Bill sponsor Matt Ramsey, a Republican from Peachtree City, argued to his colleagues that the legislation “removes every single incentive that we possibly can that lures illegal aliens to come to Georgia ... the incentives that our taxpayers are footing the bill for, we can remove those as state policy makers and that’s exactly what House BIll 87 proposes to do.” Read More»

Seabaugh bill on overpayment recovery passes Senate

The Georgia Senate this week passed Senate Bill (SB) 8 authored by Sen. Mitch Seabaugh (R-Sharpsburg) that aims to recover overpayments made by state agencies to vendors. Read More»

Bridge replacement on Moore Road to cause detour

Work crews on Monday will begin work that will lead to the replacement of the bridge on Moore Road at White Oak Creek. A detour using Gordon Road to Martin Mill Road to Scoggin Road is being advised for the 17-month project.

The bridge replacement on Moore Road over White Oak Creek Tributary requires that the road be closed for removal and replacement of the bridge, said Coweta County spokesperson Patricia Palmer. The closure will begin March 7 and the road will be reopened by August 7, 2011.  Read More»

In 3-2 commission split, Fayette to stay in regional transit plan for now

Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown.

An effort by newly elected Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown to remove Fayette County from conceptual plans for regional bus and commuter rail service was rebuffed by a majority of the Fayette County Commission Wednesday afternoon.

Although all five commissioners said they opposed mass transit coming to Fayette County, there was some sentiment that the matter needed to be studied further based on the potential growth projected for the county and the metro Atlanta area in future years. Read More»

County gives green light to East Fayetteville Bypass

The East Fayetteville Bypass was officially resurrected as a viable project by unanimous vote of the Fayette County Commission last week.

The $39.4 million project would construct a road that would begin north of Fayetteville at Hwy. 85, but end well short of either Ga. Highway 92 or Ga. Highway 85 south of Fayetteville. Read More»

Developer wants re-do on Kedron senior apartments

Thursday night, the Peachtree City Council will consider a rezoning for a 5.6-acre site next to the Kedron Village shopping center that would allow an age-restricted senior apartment complex. NorSouth Companies of Georgia wants to build a 100-unit development on the site, which is located on Newgate Road. Read More»

Fayette Tea Party polls members on transportation, activism

Approximately 60 people attended the Feb. 22 committee meeting of Fayette County Issues Tea Party. The meeting at the Peachtree City Library was geared to update the audience on the ongoing work of the organization’s various committees. Among the issues covered were the regional 1-cent transportation sales tax referendum coming in 2012, the West Fayetteville Bypass and the efforts of House Bill 87, the Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011. Read More»

County replaces Watts on elections board — for now

Long-serving Fayette County Elections Board member Marilyn Watts was replaced on that board by a 3-2 vote of the Fayette County Commission last week.

The board voted to install Fayetteville resident John Addison Lester III to the seat, despite Watts’ request that she be reappointed to the position.

Commissioner Steve Brown, who was joined by Commissioner Allen McCarty in voting against the motion to select Lester, said the board would be getting rid of a significant amount of experience in Watts at a time when potentially all three members of the board could be rookies. Read More»

F’ville makes a road wish list

The agenda at the Thursday meeting of the Fayetteville City Council will be brief but will include a proposed resolution intended to have the city join with Fayette County and its municipalities in supporting potential projects that will be reviewed for the regional transportation 1-cent sales tax initiative going before voters in mid-2012. Read More»

Fayette Board of Education to consider state bullying policy

The Fayette County Board of Education at its regular meeting on March 15 is expected to vote on a new bullying policy. The policy comes by way of a state law that has been reviewed by the Ga. Dept. of Education and sent to school systems across the state. The new policy will supplement the school system’s existing procedures on bullying and will add a new definition to the school system’s student Code of Conduct policy. Read More»