Government

PTC says 'no' to tree removal ban

Favoring private property rights over government intervention, the Peachtree City Council unanimously sacked a proposed six-month ban on the removal of trees. Read More»

F’ville eyes changes to zoning for downtown, mixed uses

The Fayetteville City Council at its Thursday meeting will hear the first reading of proposed amendments to portions of the Planned Community Development (PCD) and Downtown Commercial District (C-1) zoning codes. The change in language follows recommendations from a 2009 audit of the city’s planning and development goals. Read More»

Fayette School Board goes to school for boards

Board members get schooled in board responsibilities by Zenda Bowie (top right, standing). Clockwise from top are Superintendent Jeff Bearden and board members Marion Key, Terri Smith, Janet Smola, Bob Todd and Sam Tolbert. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Fayette County Board of Education got a little education of its own Jan. 29 at a retreat sponsored by the Georgia School Boards Association. Organization Director of Field Services and former Fulton County Board of Education member Zenda Bowie essentially provided a primer on the roles and responsibilities of both school board members and the superintendent.

Bowie used the planning session occasion to discuss various aspects of “general boardsmanship” that highlighted the roles and responsibilities of school board members and superintendents across the state. Read More»

PTC closing in on finalists for vacant city manager slot

The Peachtree City Council will meet Saturday at 1 p.m. to rank their top three finalists wishing to become the next city manager.

The next step on the process will be for council to vote on its final selection at a public meeting in the near future.

On Saturday, council will be reviewing the applicants who have been recommended by a panel that has been sorting through the applications. That panel has included interim City Manager Nikki Vrana, City Attorney Ted Meeker, the city’s Human Resources administrator and LaGrange City Manager Tom Hall. Read More»

Woodman, spare that tree . . . for 6 months while PTC writes new rules

REVISED for print edition — If you plan to cut any trees on your property during the next six months, the Peachtree City Council suggests you take a six-month break before you fire up that chainsaw. Thursday night, the council — at city staff’s urging — will consider adopting a six-month ban on nearly all private property tree removal. Read More»

Citizens protest West Bypass but get no response from county

Although Commissioner Steve Brown was not allowed to talk about the West Fayetteville Bypass at Thursday’s meeting of the Fayette County Commission, that didn’t stop citizens opposing the project from speaking out during the public comment portion of the meeting. Read More»

Chairman threatens to have county marshal remove Commissioner Brown from meeting

(L) Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown; (R) Fayette County Commission Chairman Herb Frady.

Free speech clashed with parliamentary procedure at last week’s Fayette County Commission. Procedure — augmented by the chairman’s gavel — won.

At Thursday’s meeting, Commission Chairman Herb Frady threatened to have rookie Commissioner Steve Brown removed from the meeting after Brown raised his voice to complain of censorship since he was not allowed to speak about the West Fayetteville Bypass, which was not listed as a separate item on the agenda. Read More»

PTC's Southside Church asks to build in tree save area

A review of expansion plans for a Peachtree City church got bogged down at the city’s planning commission meeting Tuesday night because part of the expansion would encroach into an area listed on the initial final site plan as a “tree save” area along Robinson Road. Read More»

Coweta to make up 1 of 5 missed ice days, 5 minutes at a time

The week-long closure of Coweta County schools and nearly all others in north Georgia two weeks ago due to the Winter Storm of 2011 meant that school systems needed to decide how many days to make up and how to do it. With four storm days built in to the 180-day school cycle, the Coweta County School System decided to make up the fifth day by adding five minutes to school days beginning Jan. 31. Read More»

Frady, Brown clash over bypass, agenda

Brown claims censorship; Frady says Brown’s ‘rebuttal’ on project is not county business

Things took a turn for the worse early on at Thursday night’s meeting of the Fayette County Commission. Read More»