Government

Senoia adopts policy for film crews

It is expected to be a work in progress, but one that city officials said needed to be addressed. The Senoia City Council Aug. 2 unanimously approved a policy for the film industry when shooting in the city.

City administrator Richard Ferry said the procedures pertaining to the policy should be followed by filmmakers, “in order to maintain the balance between the quality of life for the residents and supporting the film industry.”

We expect this to be a work in progress, Ferry told the council Monday night. Read More»

Senoia to hold steady on millage rate

The matter will not be decided until Aug. 20, but it is likely that the Senoia City Council will keep the property tax rate at 6.11 mills.

The council at the Aug. 2 meeting was told by city administrator Richard Ferry that city can meet its budget obligations without any increase in the millage rate. Mayor Robert Belisle agreed, noting that the city has maintained the 6.11 millage rate since 2006.

Recent reassessments decreased the value of some properties in the city by a total of approximately $1.5 million. Meantime, the city added $8.5 million in improvements, Ferry said. Read More»

Fayette BoE picks Bearden as new superintendent

It was a quick motion and vote Tuesday night as members of the Fayette County Board of Education returned from executive session and agreed to offer the job of school system superintendent to Dr. Jeffrey Byron Bearden. The vote was 5-0 and came with no discussion. Read More»

F’ville moves to allow alcohol sales near some churches

Fayetteville City Council (file photo).

The Fayetteville City Council Aug. 5 will hear the first reading of a proposal that would do away with the distance restriction in shopping centers and on the Old Courthouse Square that separates churches and businesses serving alcohol. The ordinance currently states that businesses serving alcohol must be at least 100 yards from a church. Read More»

Survey says . . . gas golf cart ban ahead

Thursday night the Peachtree City Council will consider a ban on gas-powered golf carts that would grandfather existing gas carts for 10 years.

But grandfathered carts too would be banned from the city’s paths and streets in 2020 under the proposal brought forth by city staff. Read More»

PTC Council meets to break tax hike dispute gridlock

Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix (file photo).

Thursday night at 6:45 p.m., the Peachtree City Council is slated to host a public hearing on increasing the city millage rate by as much as 1.25 mills. Read More»

West Bypass Part 1 nearing finish

Sweat glistens on workers raking asphalt on Phase 1 of the West Fayetteville Bypass just feet away from the bypass intersection at Ga. Highway 54 west of Piedmont Fayette Hospital. Once the Hwy. 54 work is completed and Lester Road is wrapped in to the south, it will be a matter of installing the mast structures that will hold the traffic signals at Hwy. 54. The entire Phase 1 project from Sandy Creek Road to Lester Road should be completed by the end of the year. Photo/Ben Nelms.

1st phase may be complete by year’s end; permits pending for 2nd phase

Despite playing a major role in the upset victories of two West Fayetteville Bypass opponents over County Commission incumbents, the controversial paving project keeps chugging along as if the election never happened.

In recent weeks the West Fayetteville Bypass has popped up on the radar screen of many local motorists as work began on the intersection of Ga. Highway 54 and Huiet Road, which is where the first phase of the bypass begins. Read More»

Early voting begins for Aug. 10 runoff

Early voting for the primary runoff election Aug. 10 began Monday in three locations in Fayette County.

Voters may cast early ballots between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. today through Friday at:
• The county elections office at 140 Stonewall Avenue West, Suite 208;
• The Peachtree City Library at 201 Willowbend Road next to City Hall; or
• The Tyrone Library at 143 Commerce Drive.

There will be no early voting on Monday as officials prepare for the runoff election Tuesday, Aug. 10 in which voters must go to their regular precinct to cast a vote. Read More»

PTC to decide on millage rate increase

Council now split between .5 or 1.25 mill hike on property taxes

Thursday night at 6:45 p.m., the Peachtree City Council is slated to host a public hearing on increasing the millage rate by as much as 1.25 mills.

But it is not yet clear if there are three votes among the five council members to enact that increase, or a lower one of .5 mills that has also been discussed. So far, council has been at an impasse on the discussion.

Councilwomen Kim Learnard and Vanessa Fleisch have supported the 1.25 mill increase which would result in a $108 a year increase on a home valued at $272,000. Read More»

Early voting starts for Aug. 10 runoff

Statewide races for Rep. governor, insurance commissioner, other hang in balance with Dem. secretary of state nomination

Early voting for the primary runoff election Aug. 10 started today in three locations in Fayette County. Read More»