Government

Georgia adds a seat in the U.S. House

It’s official. Georgia’s population growth over the past decade to nearly 9.7 million residents has resulted in the addition of another seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, bringing the state’s representation to 14 seats. The election for that new seat will occur in 2012. Read More»

Power shift ahead for Fayette Board of Education?

The newest member of the Fayette County Board of Education, Sam Tolbert, takes the oath of office recently administered by Probate Judge Ann Jackson. Photo/Ben Nelms.

With a newly elected member, the Fayette County Board of Education’s first meeting of 2011 on Jan. 4 may see a shift in voting power.

The board’s alignment for the past few years has featured a 3-to-2 split sometimes, with board members Bob Todd and Marion Key being on the short end of the vote.

That may change in the coming year as Sam Tolbert joins the five-member board, replacing Lee Wright, who did not run for reelection. Read More»

McCarty, Brown make 10-point ‘Promise to constituents’

Newly-sworn Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown points to map of potential mass transit plans for metro Atlanta, including Fayette County. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Fayette County Commission chambers were full Monday morning as Commissioner-elect Allen McCarty and Commissioner-elect Steve Brown were sworn in by Probate Judge Ann Jackson. After the ceremony McCarty presented their pledge to Fayette County residents.

A 10-point pledge, “Our promise to our constituents,” outlined many of the issues raised by Brown and McCarty that led to their election in November. Read More»

New Fayette County commissioners sworn in

New Fayette County commissioners sworn in

Fayette County Probate Judge Ann Jackson is flanked by the county’s newly sworn commissioners, (L) Allen McCarty and Steve Brown. The ceremony in the packed county commission chambers took place Dec. 27. Photo/Ben Nelms.

PTC OK’s $707K bid for fire station renovation

Peachtree City will be moving ahead with plans to renovate its northernmost fire station.

A $707,000 bid from Triad Construction to upgrade the Satterthwaite fire station was approved unanimously by the city council at a special meeting Monday morning.

The expansion will add more space for the additional personnel that have been located at the firestation. It also will correct an issue with the driveway and connect the station to the city’s sewer system, along with the Crabapple Lane Elementary School directly across the road. Read More»

PTC wants help locating misplaced trash

With winter advancing and much greenery along Peachtree City’s path system going dormant, city officials are anticipating that residents will see a few more “things” off the beaten path in coming weeks.

In particular, the city is asking residents to report the location of large items such as mattresses, furniture, tires and more that has been illegally deposited in greenbelts and streambeds. Read More»

Fayette’s 2 roundtable reps switch positions on voting power

County and city governments in 10 metro Atlanta counties — including Fayette — can now start pitching transportation projects for funding through a potential regional sales tax that will seek voter approval in 2013.

The projects will be voted on next October by a 21-member Regional Transportation Roundtable, which will have the power to add and remove projects from a “first draft” list that will be compiled by a five-member executive committee that consists of five roundtable members. Read More»

F’ville signs off on major changes at Hwys. 85/92/Hood Ave.

It was essentially a housekeeping issue, but one that will lead to significant changes in traffic patterns in coming years on Fayetteville’s north side.

The City Council last week acted on two intergovernmental agreements with Fayette County, one of which affirms the Hood Avenue/Ga. Highway 92 Realignment project while the other cancels the Lafayette Avenue extension project.

The Hood Avenue/Hwy. 92 Realignment project will relocate the traffic signal at Ga. Highway 92 and Glynn Street a short distance to the south at Hood Avenue. Read More»

Some uses just unwanted in industrial areas, F’ville decides

The Fayetteville City Council last week acted as expected and unanimously approved changes that eliminated a number of inappropriate or undesirable permitted uses in the city’s manufacturing zoning districts.

Now banned are meat processing plants, wastewater treatment facilities, sawmills and other milling operations, sanitary landfills and waste transfer facilities. Read More»

Surplus forecast for Fayette BoE, amid calls to restore teacher pay

Reports on the financial state of the Fayette County School System show that both revenues and expenditures are on track to end the year June 30 with a $17 million fund balance. Read More»

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