Learnard chides Haddix over blog comment

Peachtree City Councilwoman Kim Learnard took Mayor Don Haddix to task at Thursday night’s council meeting for a statement he made in a recent blog.

The dispute stems from a joint meeting between the Development Authority of Peachtree City and the city council days after Learnard and council members Eric Imker and Vanessa Fleisch voted to withdraw the authority’s $35,000 funding in the 2010-2011 budget. Read More»

PTC seeks changes for Walgreens architecture

PTC seeks changes for Walgreens architecture

Peachtree City planning officials are waiting to receive tweaked architecture for the new Walgreens pharmacy that will be replacing the existing Ruby Tuesday restaurant at the corner of Ga. Highway 54 and Peachtree Parkway.

The Walgreens will be more than three times the size of the Ruby Tuesday, sparking some concern over the look of the store “dominating” the area. Officials for the development company handling the project have pledged that all landscaping along Ga. Highway 54 and Peachtree Parkway will remain intact during and after construction. Read More»

PTC plans open space rezonings

Will distinguish parcels for conservation, greenbelts

Peachtree City planning officials are proceeding with the rezoning of nearly 600 different parcels currently zoned open space to more accurately reflect their use.

In each case, the property will be rezoned to open space-conservation or open space-public. The OS-C designation is for property that is to remain undeveloped such as greenspace, and OS-P is used for publicly-used facilities such as schools, city recreation areas including ballfields and parks, golf courses and churches. Read More»

Rep. Fludd named vice chair of NCSL’s Budget and Revenue Committee

State Representative Virgil Fludd (D-Tyrone) has been named Vice Chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Budget & Revenue Committee.  Massachusetts State Senator and NCSL President Richard T. Moore appointed Rep. Fludd to a term that began July 2010 and expires in August 2011. Read More»

Bypass, part 2, to start shortly

County votes to begin buying rights of way for northern section of controversial West F’ville Bypass

The Fayette County Board of Commissioners last week voted to proceed with right-of-way acquisition for land needed for the second phase of the controversial West Fayetteville Bypass.

This section of the road will reach from the first phase terminus at Sandy Creek Road behind Piedmont Fayette Hospital all the way up to Ga. Highway 92 at West Bridge Road. Read More»

PTC Council expected to require pet leashes

Peachtree City pet owners may soon lose the ability to keep their pets under voice control.

At Thursday night’s City Council meeting, officials will consider adopting a requirement that all pets be leashed when off their owner’s property.

This would be a sweeping change for many pet owners who have become accustomed to walking their dogs on the path system unencumbered by leashes. However, several residents have told the City Council they have been accosted by uncontrolled dogs that were unleashed while they were on a path stroll. Read More»

PTC planners say OK to celltowers in shopping centers, office parks

The latest tweaks to Peachtree City’s new celltower ordinance will allow new towers in two new zoning categories currently not allowed by the existing ordinance. The city is opening up new towers for property zoned general commercial and office institutional as long as they meet the remainder of the city’s setback rules for new towers.

The reasoning behind this change is that cellphone companies can benefit from the strategic location of the city’s village shopping centers as a way to accomplish their goal of bringing cellular signals closer to the city’s residential areas. Read More»

Wrongful death lawsuit filed against Fayette and 11 EMTs

A wrongful death lawsuit against Fayette County and 11 county emergency medical technicians was filed in Spalding County State Court late last week. No dollar amount of damages being sought was given in the court papers. Read More»

Kenwood Park gate decision postponed

A request to install entry and exit gates at Kenwood Park has been tabled so the Fayette County Commission can get cost estimates for the work.

Meanwhile the county’s recreation commission is considering the benefit of perhaps installing a pay station at the park so out-of-county residents will be required to pay a fee for park usage. This option is being considered because of the park’s popularity at peak usage hours which often leaves no empty parking spaces available for county residents, officials said. Read More»

Early voting starts Monday

Early voting for the Nov. 2 general election cranks up Monday at the Fayette County Elections Office at the county’s Stonewall government center in downtown Fayetteville.

Fayette County voters who have their minds made up will be welcomed Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Voters must bring a picture ID so pollworkers may verify their identity. Read More»

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