Government

Fayette County Commission prepares to vote on East Bypass alignment

The Fayette County Commission is expected to vote Thursday night on the conceptual alignment for the East Fayetteville Bypass.

The final alignment will be considered at a future meeting, but in general the bypass is expected to begin north of Fayetteville at Ga. Highway 85 North at Corinth Road. From there it will follow Corinth Road to Ga. Highway 54 where it will embark on a new road path to County Line Road.

The remainder of the bypass will follow County Line Road to the end of the bypass, which will be at the intersection of South Jeff Davis Drive and Inman Road. Read More»

Expert: East Bypass ‘a dead-end road’

Local resident and retired road builder David Wimmer displays a map highlighting the current alignment for the East Fayetteville Bypass and his proposals to lengthen it. Photo/John Munford.

To be a ‘bypass’ it must — but does not — connect hwys. 85 & 92 south of F’ville, retired road builder contends

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Fayette County resident David Wimmer contends that the $39.4 million East Fayetteville Bypass, as currently conceived, is not a bypass at all.

“It’s really a dead-end road,” Wimmer said of the current bypass alignment, noting that the southern end halts at the rural intersection of County Line Road/Inman Road and South Jeff Davis Drive at the south end. Read More»

$17 million surplus projected for this year’s Fayette school budget

Now halfway through the budget year, the Fayette County School System’s general fund budget is still well in the black and finance staff are projecting a June 30 surplus of more than $17 million. Read More»

New PTC economic chief faces big challenges, modest budget

Peachtree City’s new economic development coordinator is proposing to start with a modest $75,000 budget for the remainder of the current fiscal year.

With those funds, Joey Grisham will be starting up an operation that will focus heavily on retail recruiting to address vacancies in the city’s retail buildings. Read More»

PTC economy guru to focus on retail, industry

Helping improve Peachtree City’s retail economy is one of the larger tasks on the plate of Joey Grisham, the city’s newly-hired economic development coordinator.

Grisham also said he is looking forward to “getting to know” local industries and identifying any expansion plans to determine how the city can assist those companies.

As a retail market consultant, Grisham has developed a large network of contacts with realtors, developers, site location consultants, retailers, and corporations that will be of benefit to Peachtree City, officials said. Read More»

Tyrone adopts adult business, cell tower ordinances

Also: Bid awarded for repaving work on 4 roads

The moratorium of Tyrone’s Adult Business Ordinance came to an end with little fanfare Thursday night. The changes made to the ordinance were adopted unanimously by the town council. Council members also unanimously adopted a new Cell Tower Ordinance.

The Adult Business Ordinance had been subject to a moratorium while being reviewed by the town’s Planning Commission. Prior to the revision and adoption by the council the ordinance had allowed adult businesses to operate in both the M-1 (Light Manufacturing) and M-2 (Heavy Manufacturing) zoning districts. Read More»

Expansion approved for PTC's Southside Church

Buffer issues settled; master plan to be presented in future

With confusion over a tree save buffer cleared up, the Peachtree City Planning Commission Monday approved a plan to expand a building at Southside Church at the intersection of Robinson Road and Ebenezer Road.

The confusion resulted from a 1992 site plan approval for the property when it was owned by Braelinn Baptist Church. The actual plan map showed a 100 foot tree save area, part of which Southside Church had planned to build in. Read More»

Pennington announced as next PTC manager

Veteran has 32 years experience, wants 'high performance, citizen friendly organization"

Peachtree City’s next city manager comes with a wealth of experience, with some 32 years under his belt in eight different cities.

Dr. James Leonard Pennington most recently served as City Manager in Hartsville, S.C. where he served eight and a half years.

The city released background information on Pennington including his application and references at Thursday night’s abbreviated meeting of the city council. The employment agreement between the city and Pennington is expected to be approved by council at its March 3 meeting. Read More»

Coweta Solicitor: witness per diem, mileage rates unconstitutional

Coweta County commissioners at an informal Feb. 10 work session heard proposals from a number of county departments, including one from Solicitor Robert Stokely suggesting that current per diem and mileage rates paid to court witnesses are too low and unconstitutional. Pictured (from left) are county manager Theron Gay and commissioners Bob Blackburn, Al Smith, Rodney Brooks, Tim Lassetter and Paul Poole.

A request by Coweta County Solicitor Robert Stokely to members of the Coweta County Commission to increase the per diem and mileage rates paid to court witnesses went nowhere fast at the commission’s Feb. 10 work session. With little discussion by the commission, the request to increase the per diem rate paid to witnesses was not addressed, but a motion was made to raise the mileage rate to conform with current IRS rates. That motion failed on a 2-3 vote. Read More»

NASA Chief Technologist addresses Coweta schools science fair

The Coweta County Science Fair held recently at the Centre for Visual and Performing Arts drew 69 entries from local schools. Local residents viewed the exhibits while students in the auditorium heard from NASA Chief Technologist and Coweta resident Dr. Robert Braun.

The Coweta County School System could not have selected a more fitting person to address the entrants in the school system’s annual Science Fair held earlier this month. Speaking to the students responsible for submitting the 69 science fair entries was NASA Chief Technologist and Coweta County resident Dr. Robert Braun. Read More»