Government

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»

Republicans host breakfast Saturday

Sahar Hekmati, who was born in Afghanistan and emigrated to the U.S.A. as a youth, will be the guest speaker at the Fayette County Republican Party First Saturday Breakfast on Dec. 4.  Read More»

PTC Planners postpone vote on Walgreens architecture

Architectural rendering of proposed Walgreens presented at Peachtree City Planning Commission Nov. 29, 2010.

REVISED for print edition — Saying they needed better visuals before making a final decision, the Peachtree City Planning Commission Monday night postponed a vote on the proposed architecture for the Walgreens pharmacy that will replace the existing Ruby Tuesday restaurant at the intersection of Ga. Highway 54 and Peachtree Parkway.

Commissioners suggested that Walgreens bring back visuals that blend photographs of the existing site with a representation of the actual size of the building and how it would fit onto the site. Read More»

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»

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