Leadfeet, beware: SuperSpeeder law begins Jan. 1

Cases of lead-foot on Georgia highways will come with additional costs beginning Jan. 1. The state’s “SuperSpeeder” law will bring additional fines for high-speed travel on two-lane and multiple-lane roads.

The new SuperSpeeder law discourages trauma-causing behavior by increasing fines for dangerous drivers, according to Jim Shuler of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

The legislation adds an additional $200 fine for driving over 85 miles per hour on a road with multiple lanes and for driving 75 miles per hour or more on a two-lane road, Shuler said. Read More»

F’ville soccer field lighting OK’d

The Fayetteville City Council gave approval last week to a long-evolving plan that will install permanent lighting to the property owned by Thomas Stephens on Tiger Trail. The site currently is used for league soccer play. Sixty-foot lighting poles were approved for the site.

Commenting on the plan prior to the vote, city Planner Linwood Robinson said his department recommended the approval of six poles that would hold three, and possibly six, 1,500-watt adjustable lights to be mounted on the 60-foot poles. Read More»

Bigger box sought for 54W

3 departing council members hold key to PTC vote to up-size anchor store to 65,000 sq. ft. within the 175,000 sq. ft. development

A proposal to up-size a “big box” store for a new shopping center on Ga. Highway 54 West is up for a vote by the Peachtree City Council Thursday night.
Currently, the largest store allowed on the site is capped at 50,000 square feet, up from the city’s current limit of 32,000 square feet. Read More»

A big ‘if’ looming for local schools

As it stands now, and if nothing changes between now and then, the Fayette County School System will end the fiscal year June 30 with a fund balance of approximately $6.87 million. But that’s a big “if,” considering the state of the Georgia economy. Read More»

PTC Planning Commission says no to 48-acre annexation

A proposed 48-acre residential annexation on Peachtree City’s eastern border received a unanimous “no” vote from the planning commission Monday night.
Hyde Investment Group wants to annex the property for a 21-home subdivision with minimum lot sizes of two acres. The site is located east of Peachtree City United Methodist Church along the city’s eastern limits and south of Ga. Highway 54 east. Read More»

County Commission votes no on office rezoning on Hwy. 54

A proposal to rezone a 1-acre lot along Ga. Highway 54 East in unincorporated Fayette County was denied by the county commission Thursday night.
Property owner John Alan Bell was asking for the parcel to be rezoned from residential to office use. The site is located just east of Lakeview Lane, which is in unincorporated Fayette County between Frank’s at the Old Mill restaurant and Gingercake Road.
Bell noted that his lot can only be accessed by Hwy. 54, and that the Georgia Department of Transportation has agreed to allow a curb cut for access. Read More»

$10 million E-SPLOST income exceeds BoE expectations

Fayette schools 1-cent sales tax revenues are approaching $10 million since collections began coming in during May. Thus far approximately $1 million has been spent on technology, textbook purchases and computers.
School system Comptroller Laura Brock told the Fayette County Board of Education Dec. 14 that revenues from the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) are currently running ahead of initial projections, with $9,661,877 collected so far. Read More»

PTC SPLOST leftovers: $3.6M

With the transportation SPLOST set to expire in April and regular sales tax revenues remaining lower than normal, Peachtree City will have to pare down its scheduled street and cart path improvements.
Due to the downturn in the economy, the city will be an estimated $2 million short in predicted revenue when the five-year 1 percent sales tax expires in April. Read More»

Schools catching more out-of-county students

Fayette County is still having issues with out-of-county students attending school here. A report heard by school board members Monday night showed that 51 students so far this school year have withdrawn after being found not to have legal residency.
Pupil Personnel Services Director Barbara Serapion told board members that of 94 referrals during the first semester a total of 51 had been determined not to be Fayette residents. The remaining 43 students, Serapion said, were determined to be legal residents after investigations into the matter were conducted. Read More»

PTC OK's 'raise' for volunteer firefighters

A program to help pay Peachtree City volunteer firefighters expenses will have its maximum cap raised from $3,000 to $4,500 for this budget year.
The stipend program allows volunteers to be compensated $10 for each call they answer, each training event they attend and each time they performa four hour shift of station duty, in which they respond to all necessary calls with no further compensation. Read More»

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