Government

Smola’s job plea keeps Tuesday meetings for school board

Fayette County Board of Education members Janet Smola (L) and Terri Smith.

The organizational meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education on Jan. 4 began easily enough with the unanimous election of board member Bob Todd as chair and board member Marion Key as vice-chair.

But when it came to the board’s meeting nights the discussion became more problematic, with board members eventually voting to keep the meetings on Tuesdays through July then switch to Monday nights for the remainder of the year. Yet it was of note that the primary reason for changing the meeting days last year to Tuesdays was never addressed by anyone on the board. Read More»

Brown wants controversial elections board change rescinded

New Commissioner Steve Brown (R) makes a point before the full county commission at the first meeting of the new year. Looking on are (L-R) Lee Hearn, Chairman Herb Frady and Robert Horgan. Commissioner Alllen McCarty was present but is not shown in this picture. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown is hoping to rescind a controversial resolution passed by the commission last month that would give the county commission the ability to veto any appointee made by either political party to the Fayette County Board of Elections.

The final say, however, may rest with state legislators who have the ability to either change the law or leave it as is.

Currently, the county commission appoints one member of the elections board, while the Republican and Democratic parties also appoint one member each of their own choosing. Read More»

Sen. Chance: HOPE scholarship funding on the line

State Senator Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone)

The state budget will be the dominant issue of this year’s legislative session, by far, according to Ga. Senator Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone).

December’s state revenue figures came in about 10 percent above last year, about three times more than expected, Chance said. Still, the state is looking at having to make a budget cut between $1 billion and $1.5 billion, he added. Read More»

PTC rec dept. declines gun show at Kedron

Neighbors expressed concern, but show may move to private facility

The Peachtree City Recreation Department, after getting public input for and against, has decided not to host a gun show at the Kedron Fieldhouse.

In a news release issued Friday, Leisure Services Director Randy Gaddo said his agency would work with local officials to try and identify a suitable location to host the show in the city.

Following is the news release from the city: Read More»

PTC looks at 1-way road solution

County wants to pave road that would link to Kedron Hills subdivision

The Peachtree City Council has once again postponed a decision on whether or not it agrees with Fayette County paving Sims Road, which links directly to Astoria Lane in the Kedron Hills subdivision.

The road is in the unincorporated county, and some city residents are concerned that the road might create a shortcut sending vehicles through the neighborhood.

Other positives, however, are a more reliable shortcut to Piedmont Fayette Hospital for ambulances, and also a paved road for a school bus route going to Bennett’s Mill Middle School. Read More»

Mayor's annual 'State of the Town' report shows Tyrone holding its own

Tyrone mayor Don Rehwaldt discusses the status of the town at the first town council meeting of 2011. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Tyrone Mayor Don Rehwaldt during the annual State of Tyrone address Thursday night was up front with the effects of the recession on the local economy. Rehwaldt said the town is in satisfactory condition but must remain fiscally vigilant throughout the long-running recession.

Rehwaldt said he expected 2011 to be more financially challenging than last year, both for Tyrone and Georgia. And though the state will be faced with a deficit of more than $820 million due to the phasing out of federal stimulus funds, Tyrone is expected to be in a satisfactory financial position, Rehwaldt said. Read More»

PTC police to enforce no parking rules on private property

Businesses near McIntosh have problem with illegal golf cart parking

To deal with some McIntosh students parking their golf carts illegally on private property, the Peachtree City Council has added a new ordinance to its arsenal.

Now, Peachtree City police will be able to issue citations to golf carts and other vehicles that are illegally parked on private property. Police Chief H.C. “Skip” Clark told the City Council Thursday night that the department would focus on educating students the next few weeks with warnings, but after a period of time citations will start to be issued. Read More»

PTC to study hotel-motel tax changes

Move would add money to general fund, take away from CVB, airport

A change to Peachtree City’s hotel-motel tax structure could result in a $128,000 addition to the city’s general fund.

But that money has to come from somewhere else, and in this case it’s the city’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and also the Peachtree City Read More»

Senoia City Council discusses dogs, county concerns

It began as a discussion pertaining to Senoia’s animal control ordinance and what constitutes a dog kennel. But the discussion at Monday night’s city council meeting took a turn that ended with plans to take a closer look at the Coweta County animal control ordinance and to determine how, for good or bad, it impacts the city and what the city might want to do in response. Read More»

Fayette Commission says 'No' to term limits, 24-hour notice to public

Proposals to impose term limits for Fayette County commissioners and to impose a 24-hour public notice on agenda times requiring a vote were discussed and dismissed at Wednesday’s meeting of the Fayette County Commission. Read More»

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