Government

F’ville Council eyes recession tax impact

The Fayetteville City Council in a file photo from 2010.

Finances were a central feature of the all-day retreat held March 11 by the Fayetteville City Council. Front and center in the discussion was the ongoing recession, its toll on city revenues and the measures taken to weather the recessionary storm. Read More»

Tea Party takes over Fayette GOP

Some of the new officers of the Fayette County Republican Party stand together after the Saturday convention in Fayetteville. Photo/Ben Nelms.

In a milestone for local politics, Tea Party-affiliated delegates took about two-thirds of the county officers’ slots when the Fayette County Republican Party held its convention Saturday in Fayetteville. Read More»

PTC planners want strict limits on ‘walking’ signs

This costumed sign holder for Southeast Gold Buyers showed up at the planning commission meeting Monday night in costume with his sign in tow. Some sign holders for other businesses do not wear costumes. Photo/John Munford.

City Council will make final decision

UPDATED PRINT version for 03-16-11 — Roadside “mascots” and other sign-holders, drumming up business for local companies, may soon face heavy restrictions in a new city ordinance.

The planning commission voted 3-1 Monday night to recommend an ordinance that would allow such handheld or “walking” signs to be used only four times a year and for up to 5 days at a time.

The regulations will be considered by the City Council at a future meeting, as the commission’s vote is one of recommendation only. Read More»

Coweta supports Senoia annexation of 88-acre commercial and residential development

The Coweta County Commission last week voted to support annexation requests from Senoia for an 88-acre commercial and residential development along Ga. Highway 16 and for Peachtree Baptist Church, home of the Coweta Charter Academy, also on Hwy. 16. The Senoia City Council had previously agreed to both annexations.

The proposed 88-acre Village West commercial and residential development is situated along the north and south sides of Ga. Highway 16 adjacent to Senoia’s west side. Read More»

PTC sacks dive team

Due to a lack of funding, the Peachtree City Fire Department will be disbanding its dive team.

The department will still have the capability to provide safety for events such as the Peachtree City Triathlon and the annual dragon boat races, but they will not be able to recover anyone who goes below the surface of the water, officials said.

The city also will lose the capability of searching underwater for evidence and other items. So in such situations the city will have to summon a dive team from a neighboring jurisdiction, which will cost time but most likely not money. Read More»

PTC says no to retail size caps

A suggestion to put variable maximum sizes on new retail development based on the type of business failed on a 4-1 vote of the Peachtree City Council last week.

The “size caps” would have eliminated the existing special use permit process, which requires a special permission from council for any company wishing to build a new retail store over 32,000 square feet or any retail center with stores totaling a combined 150,000 square feet or more. Read More»

Bass says goodbye to Coweta school system

It has been 35 years since Blake Bass began his career in education. That career will come to a close at the end of March. Members of the Coweta County Board of Education Tuesday night thanked Bass for his decades of caring and concern for students, parents and the Coweta community.

Coweta County School Superintendent Blake Bass on Tuesday conducted his last meeting of the Coweta County Board of Education. The transit from his beginning days in education to the Tuesday night meeting spanned 35 years. Board members near the end of the meeting expressed their appreciation for his service and dedication to the school system and the community.

Frank Farmer began the statements, thanking Bass for his outstanding leadership, his service to the community and his friendship.

“You left the system and the community better than you found it,” Farmer said. Read More»

Senoia seeks input for recreation survey

Senoia is currently working with Atlanta-based MACTEC Engineering and Consulting to determine residents’ recreational preferences and to develop the city’s master recreation plan. But to develop the plan citizen input is needed. And to accomplish that the city has a survey up and running through March 23.

MACTEC senior planner Paige Hatley said the recreation master plan will recommend specific projects to address recreation needs over the next 10 years. Read More»

Rawson Road temporarily closed for road work

Coweta County road crews on Wednesday began working on a collapsed drain pipe on Rawson Road that has required the temporary closure of the street. The pipe is expected to be replaced and the road re-opened on March 16.

Coweta County Road Department Director William Cawthorne in a March 4 letter said the cross drain pipe had completely collapsed and is causing the roadway to be undermined which could lead to the collapse of the roadway.

Approximately a quarter-mile in length, Rawson Road intersects with Bob Smith Road approximately one mile north of Willis Road in east Coweta. Read More»

Hwy. 34 resurfacing contract awarded

A seven-mile road resurfacing project for portions of Ga. Highway 34 in Newnan and east Coweta County was announced Monday by the Georgia Dept. of Transportation (DOT). At nearly $5 million, the project was one of 31 approved at a total cost of $57 million.

The Hwy. 34 project will extend from Jackson Street in Newnan to east of Ga. Highway 154 in the Thomas Crossroads area.

The 6.99-mile project low bid for $4,879,800 was awarded to Marietta-based C.W. Matthews Contracting Co, Inc. Read More»