Government

PTC staff says gas cart ban may be tough to enforce

Ban to be considered at Thursday PTC council meeting

A proposal to ban nearly all gas-powered golf carts in 10 years, and halt the registration of newly-purchased gas carts sometime next year, will be considered Thursday night by the Peachtree City Council.

The latest version of the ban would not be enforced on disabled drivers who have a valid disabled parking permit; also, golf cart dealers who rent gas golf carts would be allowed to get new decals over the next 10 years as they replace their rental fleet. Read More»

Fayette to consider $1.8 million request for PTC transportation projects

A request for $1.8 million in county SPLOST funds for two big-budget transportation projects in Peachtree City will be discussed Wednesday by the Fayette County Commission.

The Peachtree City Council is asking for $1.03 million to build a “gateway” cart path bridge near the city and county limits on Ga. Highway 54.

The city is also asking for $774,000 to add additional lanes to the intersection of Peachtree Parkway and Crosstown Road, though the price could drop as the city hopes to get state approval to delete a proposed traffic light from the plan so it can remain a four-way stop. Read More»

PTC OKs budget transfers: $198K for Sany fee break, and $250K for more court fines

Last week the Peachtree City Council voted on several budget housekeeping items to help close out the 2009-2010 budget cycle.

One of the most significant actions was a transfer from the general fund to the impact fees as a result of the fee break granted last year to Sany Corporation in consideration for the new heavy equipment facility it is building on the southern end of the city’s industrial park. Read More»

Coweta schools reviewing education options, including charter system status

Public education in Coweta County and across Georgia will likely see some significant changes in the next few years. A process initiated last year by Gov. Sonny Perdue will see school systems adopt one of three approaches to school management beginning with the 2013-2014 school year.

The Coweta County School System is currently investigating the benefits of the available options. Read More»

Tighter rules for illegals studied

A legislative committee studying the effects of illegal immigrants on Georgia is looking at several potential issues to consider for the upcoming lawmaking session.

Peachtree City Republican Matt Ramsey, who co-chairs the committee, said the committee is still in an information gathering mode. But the committee is looking at a variety of areas, including a process by which Georgia law enforcement officers would be able to verify whether a detainee is a citizen or not. Read More»

Fayette school board hears warning of state fund cuts of up to 4%

State officials are still talking about making further cuts in education spending, Comptroller Laura Brock told the Fayette County Board of Education last week.

The cuts would come from the school system’s Quality Basic Education (QBE) funding, and there’s talk of either a 2 percent or a 4 percent cut, Brock said.

The 4 percent cut would cost Fayette County Schools about $1.6 million, Brock estimated. To counterbalance that cut, the school will make cuts of 4 percent in transportation and nursing services going into the middle of the school year’s budget cycle, she said. Read More»

F’ville approves city part of Fayette County road plan

Fayetteville City Hall.

The Fayetteville City Council at its Nov. 18 meeting unanimously approved its list of proposed projects for the 2010 Fayette County Comprehensive Transportation Plan.

The resolution includes a wish list of proposed projects that will be forwarded to the county for consideration. The council also adopted a resolution that complies with the new state law on outside watering. Read More»

Fayette classroom teachers to have e-access to student data, test scores

Teachers in Fayette County’s public schools are about to get another cybertool at their disposal, and this time it will help them monitor student assessments on statewide standardized tests.

The new statewide Longitudinal Data System will allow teachers to pull up a particular student’s grades along with results on the CRCT, high school graduation tests and high school end of course testing, the Fayette County Board of Education was told last week. Read More»

Commission okays right-of-way for Senoia church

It was essentially a housekeeping issue, but it was important to the project that will locate Legacy Christian Church along Rockaway Road in Senoia. The Coweta County Commission last week gave unanimous approval for the acceptance of a warranty deed linked to the needed right-of-way for the project. Read More»

Commission approves stealth cell towers

Coweta County commissioners, county planning staff and consultants discuss the specifics of a monopine cell tower to be operated by Skyway Towers that was later approved for an 11-acre site on Lora Smith Road.

The Coweta County Commission in the past two weeks has approved the installation of two 150-foot monopine cell phone towers in east Coweta. The approvals were preceded by objections by nearby residents.

Constructed to take the shape of a pine tree, the monopine cell tower on Parks Road proposed by T-Mobile was approved unanimously by commissioners despite the objections of a number of nearby residents citing their opposition to the tower on the basis of health and safety issues, sight pollution and the inappropriate use of the zoning district. Read More»