Government

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»

South Atlanta Tea Party to host “Tax Day” family event Friday evening

The South Atlanta Tea Party (SATP) will host its customary “Tax Day” event in a different format this year. SATP on April 15 will host its first American Liberty Summit at the Fayette Family Church at 1729 Ga. Highway 54 West between Peachtree City and Fayetteville. The free Friday evening program begins at 6:30 p.m. and pre-registration is requested.

Organizers said there will be a variety of speakers to discuss aspects of the core values of the Tea Party, which include limited government, fiscal responsibility, free market systems and the preservation of American heritage. Read More»

Commissioner Hearn’s vote for relative draws criticism

Put on the hot seat by fellow Commissioner Steve Brown at the April 6 commission meeting, Fayette County Commissioner Lee Hearn acknowledged that a recent appointee to the county’s elections board is “a distant cousin” of his. Read More»

On restoring teachers’ pay cuts, Fayette BoE is sympathetic but wary

The topic was whether to restore the remaining 3 percent pay cut to Fayette County School System employees instituted two years ago. Read More»

Superintendent recommends Fayette go along with reduced Pre-K schedule of 160 days

Fayette County School Superintendent Jeff Bearden

Georgia public schools next school year will see the number of days that Pre-K students will be in the classroom decrease from 180 to 160. The Fayette County Board of Education at the April 11 work session heard a recommendation that the school system provide the 160-day schedule rather than using additional funds to bring the schedule back up to 180 days. Read More»