Coweta jail expansion to be studied

The idea of potentially expanding the Coweta County Jail and a methodology to accomplish that need moved one step closer to reality Feb. 16 when commissioners approved the award of a needs assessment and space analysis to low bidder Mark Goldman & Associates. Goldman was one of four bidders responding to the Request for Proposal.

“It’s been a long process and we’re ready to get going with it,” Sheriff Mike Yeager of the upcoming study.

The needs assessment and space analysis will include a number of aspects necessary to accommodate the proposed expansion. Among those is the development of an inmate population projection through 2025, a determination of required bed space for low, mid, and high growth scenarios, a comprehensive review of the existing facility and the development of a space allotment program to meet 5, 10 and 15-year requirements. Read More»

Starship files in federal court

Starship Enterprises Adult Novelties & Gifts has upped the ante on its bid to conduct business at its proposed location on Ga. Highway 34 at Thomas Crossroads. The company has filed a federal lawsuit claiming Coweta County’s actions to prevent the store’s opening is unconstitutional.

Atlanta attorney Brian Spears in the filing is asking for compensatory damages against Coweta County and Business License Director Eva Wagner and punitive damages against Wagner. The filing also requests a jury trial where applicable. Read More»

Fischer Crossings plan approved

Developer Scott Seymour got the go-ahead on minor changes to the Fischer Crossings commercial development on the northeast side of Fischer Road and Ga. Highway 34/54. Coweta County commissioners Tuesday voted 4-1 in favor of the proposal. That vote is expected to result in the opening later this year of a multi-screen theater. Read More»

What’s next for Fayette schools?

No comments from school board members Lee Wright (L), Janet Smola and Chairman Terri Smith (R) about what happens next after retirement. of Supt. John DeCotis (below).

The June 30 retirement of Superintendent John DeCotis leaves financially struggling school system with questions

With Fayette County School Superintendent John DeCotis retiring by July 1, the Board of Education must find his replacement. So how will that decision be made? Read More»

Schools brace for $11 million cut in funding

Falling local tax receipts and cuts in state funding may add up to $11 million less total revenue available to spend on Fayette County schools beginning in July, the Fayette County Board of Education has been told.

School system Comptroller Laura Brock at the Feb. 9 meeting provided board members with an initial local revenue projection for the upcoming 2011 school year. That projection shows a decrease of $10,906,869 million in state and local revenues from the current budget of $185.5 million. Read More»

F’ville’s home foreclosure rate holds steady at 1.2%

Members of the Fayetteville City Council at Friday’s retreat got a look at city foreclosure totals for 2009. Foreclosures totaled 1.2 percent of city housing units based on the number of actions filed.

Building Department representative Tony Haponski told the council that last year a total of 269 properties were listed for foreclosure though only 73 of those properties were actually listed in the county’s public notice listing system, adding that the number of foreclosures is approximately the same as from the previous year. Read More»

No problems found in Fayette govt. audit

Fayette County government officials have received a “clean audit” for the 2008-2009 fiscal year.

The audit findings were presented to the Fayette County Commission Thursday night. Patricia Pryor of the Cherry, Bekaert and Holland accounting firm told the commission the audit found no material misstatements, no material weakness or any other problems.

Also at Thursday’s meeting the county was presented with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. This is the 16th year in a row that the county has won the award. Read More»

School board approves East Fayette for other uses

The Fayette County Board of Education last week agreed to having the school system’s Facilities Services department relocated to the former East Fayette Elementary School. The measure was approved on a 5-0 vote.

Facilities Services Director Mike Satterfield in a Jan. 20 letter said his department was recommending the consolidation of all its offices, workshops and storage facilities from across the school system to the East Fayette facility.

Superintendent John DeCotis Feb. 9 said the school system had been unable to sell the East Fayette property due to the recession. Read More»

Officials: DeCotis will be missed

Officials: DeCotis will be missed

School Superintendent stepping down after 31-year career

In terms of public education in Fayette County, the announced resignation by school Superintendent Dr. John DeCotis on Wednesday represents the end of an era. A 31-year veteran of Fayette County schools, DeCotis said his resignation will take effect at the end of his contract term that expires June 30. Read More»

PTC looks into $25 tree removal fee

The Peachtree City Council is considering adding a $25 fee for all tree removal permits.

Currently there is no charge for the permit, though each one requires an on-site visit by a city employee to evaluate the request, City Planner David Rast told council last week. Read More»