Special use permit expires for CCD shopping center

Plans to build a 175,000 square foot shopping center on Ga. Highway 54 West near Planterra Way have run out of time.

The special use permit that allowed the property to exceed the city’s big box size guidelines officially expired June 19. That means property owner Capital City Development must regain that approval or otherwise develop the site as allowed under its general commercial zoning. Read More»

Tyrone Planning Commission hears zoning discrepancy

There was some confusion and concern at the Thursday meeting of the Tyrone Planning Commission over the zoning designation of a 55.8-acre portion of property along the west side of Ga. Highway 74 adjacent to the southeastern portion of the Southampton subdivision. After a public hearing and discussion on the issue, the property’s current designation as A-R (Agricultural-Residential) was deemed to have been an error in color-coding made sometime in previous years on the town’s zoning map. Read More»

Coweta BOE adopts $166 million budget

The Coweta County Board of Education at a called meeting Tuesday adopted a $165.7 million operational budget for the FY 2011 term that begins July 1. The approval comes with no anticipated increase in the millage rate. Read More»

2nd hearing Thurs. on Fayette budget; no new taxes expected

The $73.4 million budget proposed for Fayette County government next fiscal year will be up for a second public hearing at Thursday night’s meeting of the county commission. Read More»

F’ville voters to decide on tax diversion for redevelopment

Fayetteville voters will have their say July 20 on the proposal to bring an economic revitalization tool to the city. If approved by voters, the referendum would give the city redevelopment powers needed to move ahead with efforts such as the Tax Allocation District (TAD) projects identified last year. Read More»

Campaign begins to create 5th superior court judgeship in Fayette

Funding may be tricky as state revenue continues to decline

Local attorneys are being asked to support a request to add a fifth Superior Court judgeship for the Griffin Judicial Circuit, which includes Fayette County.

The attorneys and other citizens were included in an mass email with the request to support the initiative authored by both Chief Superior Court Judge Christopher C. Edwards and fellow Superior Court Judge Tommy R. Hankinson. Read More»

Fayette Chief Judge Edwards to seek re-election

Fayette County Superior Court Judge Christopher C. Edwards has announced he will seek a fourth term on the bench.

Edwards, a Brooks resident, was elected to the bench in 1998 and re-elected for subsequent terms in 2002 and 2006. He hears cases in the Griffin Judicial Circuit which includes Fayette, Spalding, Pike and Upson counties.

Edwards has run unopposed the past two elections. Qualifying for the non-partisan race begins Monday, June 28 at 9 a.m. and runs through noon Friday, July 2. Read More»

Fayette BoE to begin superintendent interviews in mid-July

The search for a new superintendent for the Fayette County School System appears to be making some progress. The Citizen was told Monday that the first round of interviews is expected to begin in mid-July. The number of people to be interviewed is unknown. Read More»

F’ville to cut FY 2011 budget by 4.6 percent

The Fayetteville City Council Thursday heard the first reading of the $9.7 million Fiscal Year 2011 budget that will take effect in August.

City finance staff expect to see an 8.89 percent decrease in property taxes for the coming year, but a 7.44 percent recovery in local option sales taxes.
The proposed $9.7 million general fund budget represents a decrease of 4.6 percent from the current $10.12 million budget. Read More»

Fayette BOE to pay employees back for furlough days

It was a time for giving back. The Fayette County Board of Education last week unanimously approved restoring the equivalent of up to three furlough days imposed on employees during the past school year. The number of days to be paid will depend on the number of days taken, since most, but not all, system staff took three furlough days.

The furloughs came as the state reckoned with diminished revenues and passed that downturn on to school systems across the state. Payment for the furlough days will be effective by the end of June. Read More»