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 A report heard by school board members Monday night showed that 51 students so far this school year have withdrawn after being found not to have legal residency.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»

PTC seeking grant for new Flat Creek path

Peachtree City is applying for a grant to build a golf cart path that would connect the nearly complete Flat Creek path bridge all the way up to Crosstown Drive.

The path would also connect to the city’s baseball and soccer complex along with businesses in the industrial park including Panasonic, the FAA Tracon building and the future SANY headquarters campus, officials said. Read More»

PTC sacks 74S shopping center annex

The Peachtree City Council Thursday denied an 18-acre annexation that would have allowed a shopping center outside the city limits to access the sewer system.
Southern Pines Plantation asked the city to annex and rezone 3.86 acres of the tract for office use. The remaining 14-plus acres would have been donated to the city to add to the Meade Field recreation complex.

City planning staff and the planning commission recommended denial of the annexation. Read More»

DOT wants Tyrone 'flexibility' on RR crossing

The Tyrone Town Council heard from representatives of the Georgia Dept. of Transportation (GDOT) Thursday night, asking them to consider reviewing a Project Framework Agreement (PFA) and signing it in early 2010 so the new railroad crossing project along Senoia Road and Valleywood/East Crestwood can proceed. An agreement by the town could mean taxpayers would be responsible for more than the $225,000 previously cited as the maximum the town would commit to the project. Read More»

PTC takes on loans for projects, vehicles

The Peachtree City Council approved securing a $2.55 million loan for various capital improvements Thursday night.

Council also approved a separate $1.07 million loan to lease/purchase equipment including 15 police vehicles and new breathing apparatus units for the fire department.
Among the capital improvement projects are $700,000 to finish the renovation of the police department headquarters, $365,000 to repair foundation issues at City Hall and $229,000 to resurface the parking lot at City Hall. The police renovation has already been completed. Read More»

Tyrone adopts library policy

After a brief discussion Thursday night the Tyrone Town Council adopted a library use policy that put conditions on the use of the StoryTime room and requires that children under age 12 have adult supervision.

One of the policy’s main features, as reported by library supervisor Julie Digby, was to prohibit paid business activities such as tutoring. After some discussion by the board it was decided that those activities should not be included in the policy.

The two policy components that the board agreed to adopt dealt with the StoryTime room and the supervision of children. Read More»