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Timber harvest gets landowner in trouble with Fayetteville rules

Denuded land after clear-cutting on Ga. Highway 54 East. Photo/Ben Nelms.

There is nothing prohibiting a property owner from cutting timber. The problem is when the rules are not followed and an approved development plan has not been secured. That was the case with property owner 54 Development, Inc. and two parcels the company owns along Ga. Highway 54 East in Fayetteville. The city attorney is currently preparing a letter to CEO Perry Knight outlining the company’s obligations. Read More»

F’ville to fine-tune budget figures at July 10 meeting

Aside from the two customary public hearings on the budget, some on the Fayetteville City Council wanted an additional work session to address the proposed FY 2015 general fund budget that begins in August. The work session will be held at 6 p.m. on July 10 in the council chambers.

Council members will review the proposed $10.4 million general fund budget. The city will end the fiscal year in July with a $9.8 million general fund budget. The proposed FY 2015 budget shows $10.43 million in revenues, with $171,469 of that amount coming from the proposed .25-mill increase. Read More»

McCollom takes over as PTC’s top cop

Acting Chief Will McCollom rides in the July 4th parade last week. Photo/ John Munford.

With 2 councilmen taking aim at police budget, Chief Clark decides it's time to leave Read More»

Fayette, PTC agree on appealing dam decision

Screen grab of email news release.

Pre-holiday, after-hours release sets Lake Peachtree dredging completion in January 2015; no plans for ‘alternative uses’ of lake site Read More»

PTC manager: tax hike ‘important for future’

City Manager Jim Pennington makes a point in a file photo from January 2014. City Clerk Betsy Tyler is at right in background.

City manager says if quality declines, residents will leave

While the average Peachtree City homeowner may soon face a $100 increase in city property taxes, the hike is necessary in large part to make up for a lack of funding in road and cart path maintenance, according to City Manager Jim Pennington.

Pennington was referring to the city exhausting its funds from the 2004 countywide transportation sales tax, which paid for road and cart path resurfacing. With those funds gone, the city plans to increase the amount of spending on street resurfacing to $1.48 million and slightly increase cart path resurfacing to $440,000. Read More»

GMC unveils its West F’ville college campus plan

Graphic from the city of Fayetteville shows the proposed college campus.

Georgia Military College announced its intention in April to construct a college campus in Fayetteville. The plan for the campus on the west side of the intersection of Veterans Parkway and South Sandy Creek Road was included in a staff report at the June 24 meeting of the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission.

If approved later this summer, Fayette County’s first college built from the ground up will open in August 2015. Read More»

F’ville planners see plans for 239-unit senior complex

Graphic from the city of Fayetteville shows the proposed 239-unit senior residential complex.

It has been a couple of years since the last residential development for ages 55 and up was presented in Fayetteville. Today the Beverly J. Searles Foundation is back in town, proposing 239 independent living, assisted living and memory care units along Ga. Highway 54 in The Villages development just west of downtown. The proposal will not be formally presented until later in July.

The Lafayette Place senior living proposal was presented only as a staff report at the June 24 meeting of the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission and is expected to be formally presented later in July. Read More»

Fayette cuts automatic fire aid to F’ville

A Fayette County fire engine. File photo.

A June 27 letter from Fayette County Manager Steve Rapson about discontinuing the county’s automatic aid agreement with the Fayetteville Fire Department Read More»

Local gov’t. employees: Some big paydays

Local gov’t. employees: Some big paydays

6-figure salaries in top school system positions; not so much in F’ville, Tyrone Read More»

July 4 'spot saving' in PTC starts at dawn Friday

While it has been custom to lay out blankets and tarps to save spots for viewing the July 4 parade and fireworks, residents will have to hold back until 6:05 a.m. Friday per a city ordinance. Photo/File.

A Peachtree City ordinance designed to prevent the proliferation of tarps and blankets for days on end leading up to the Fourth of July parade and fireworks will be in effect again this year, city officials have said.

That means you should keep your spot-saving devices holstered until dawn Friday morning. The city says dawn is slated to occur at 6:05 a.m., so set your alarm clocks accordingly, if you are desperate to save your favorite spot, that is. Read More»