Government

PTC aims at unscrupulous pain pill pushers

The Peachtree City Council instituted a one-year ban on “pain management clinics” Thursday night, but officials insisted the effort will only stave off unscrupulous operations notorious for attracting junkies, while allowing similar legitimate businesses to remain in place.

In fact, Peachtree City has already seen one such operation but managed to shut it down about six months ago, Police Chief Skip Clark told council. The scheme attracted patients almost exclusively from outside the city, and in some cases even from outside the state of Georgia, Clark said. Read More»

County asks PTC to shrink Parkway-Crosstown fix

At the request of the Fayette County Board of Commissioners, Peachtree City is looking to scale back its plans to improve the intersection of Peachtree Parkway and Crosstown Drive.

The city on Wednesday asked the commission to set aside $774,000 in remaining transportation SPLOST funds to add multiple turn lanes to the intersection. The city needed a quick answer to avoid losing more than $400,000 in state matching funds for the project. Read More»

Vote postponed on gas golf cart ban for PTC

Last night the Peachtree City Council postponed a vote on a proposed complete ban on gas-powered golf carts within 10 years until its Jan. 20 meeting.
After the meeting, Mayor Don Haddix explained that further questions had popped up about the ordinance Read More»

PTC may ban 'pain management clinics' for 1 year

City staff is asking that the Peachtree City Council tonight ban a specific type of business, so-called “pain management clinics,” based on the theory that they are responsible for the disreputable dispensing of narcotics prescriptions. Read More»

Fayette considers use of old jail while repairing new facility

The Fayette County Board of Commissioners will study a proposal this afternoon that would result in making repairs to the old jail facility at the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office so it can be used to house inmates as gradual repairs are made to the “new” jail, which is already eight years old.

It will cost at least $30,000 to rejuvenate the old jail, including repairs to boilers, the air conditioning system and replacement of window frames, according to a memo circulated to commissioners. The county is also looking into the potential cost of repairs to heating and plumbing systems. Read More»

F’ville looks at trimming uses in industrial districts

The Fayetteville City Council is being urged to clean up its manufacturing zones.

At its meeting Thursday night, the council will conduct a public hearing and hear the first reading of an ordinance amendment that would either prohibit or omit a number of currently permitted uses in the city’s industrial districts.

The council Dec. 2 will pick up on an issue that surfaced in the fall that pertains to some of the permitted uses in the Light Manufacturing (M-1) and Heavy Manufacturing (M-2) zoning districts. Read More»

PTC to hire economic development coordinator for 1 year

The Peachtree City Council is expected Thursday night to approve a one-year contract for an economic development coordinator to help attract businesses to the city. Read More»

PTC wants cart path bridge, F’ville asks county for roundabout funds

From left, Fayette County Commission Chairman Jack Smith, Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix, and Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele.

Fayette County officials today (Wednesday) will hear a Peachtree City request for $1.8 million in funding for a new cart path bridge over Ga. Highway 54 West near the city limits and also to add more lanes to the intersection of Peachtree Parkway and Crosstown Drive.

The county is also slated for further discussion for a similar funding request from Fayetteville for a roundabout at Ga. Highways 92 and 85 and Hood Avenue, which would cost an estimated $6.93 million. Read More»

Steele, Smith argue for ‘small county’ representation

Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele.

When you get together with 21 elected officials from 10 different metro Atlanta counties, there are bound to be some disagreements here and there.

This “regional roundtable” group will be selecting transportation projects for potential funding by a voter-approved regional sales tax. But the roundtable has a ways to go before they can even get started. Read More»

First woman magistrate for Fayette, Kathy Valencia, appointed

Newly appointed Magistrate Kathy Brown Valencia is joined by her husband and children along with Chief Superior Court Judge Christopher C. Edwards at the announcement of her selection. From left are: Victoria Valencia, Glenn Valencia, Christina Valencia, Judge-designee Kathy Brown Valencia, and Judge Edwards. Photo/Special.

Local attorney Kathy Brown Valencia has been appointed to fill a vacant judgeship in Fayette County Magistrate Court.

Valencia was officially appointed Nov. 24 by Fayette County Chief Superior Court Judge Christopher C. Edwards. As one of eight attorneys who were interviewed for the position, Valencia was the unanimous recommendation of the six judges who sat in on the interviews with Edwards, including the three current magistrates and the three other Superior Court judges. Read More»