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Odd procedure by P&Z on Oddo plans to rezone tract

Fayetteville Planning and Zoning commissioners, like their counterparts in other jurisdictions, are charged with following guidelines on matters of rezoning and the development of property. Yet an Aug. 26 vote on a rezoning request involving a sitting city councilman appeared to run counter to the guidelines customarily used to recommend a project’s approval or denial. Read More»

F’ville Planning splits 3-2 against Oddo rezoning

The Fayetteville City Council will conduct a public hearing Sept. 4 on a proposal that would transform the Oddo property on Redwine Road into a 77-home subdivision. The site of the family’s CPA business, the Oddo family has owned the 60-acre property since 1971. Photo/Ben Nelms.

An Aug. 26 proposal that would establish a subdivision on Fayetteville’s largest remaining undeveloped tract located on Redwine Road received a 3-2 vote at the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission which will recommend to the City Council that the plan be denied.

The 60-acre tract along Redwine Road is owned by the Oddo family, which includes Fayetteville Councilman Paul Oddo and Fayette County Commissioner Chuck Oddo.

Voting to recommend denial were commissioners Bill Talley, Derryll Anderson and Mike Menchinger. Commissioners Ken Collins and Debi Renfroe voted against denial. Read More»

Ice age of the zombies

Ice age of the zombies

City councils in Peachtree City and Newnan have been officially called out to take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge for the ALS Association. The Senoia City Council on Aug. 28 made the challenge and got a taste of the zombie version of the ice bucket treatment as four of the local un-dead dumped ice water on council members in front the Woodbury Shoppe, The Official Walking Dead Store, at Seavy and Main. Braving the madness were, from left, Councilman Maurice Grover, Mayor Larry Owens and councilmen Bobby Graham and Jeff Fisher. Photo/Ben Nelms.

F’ville OKs rule changes to allow golf carts on many city sidewalks

Fayetteville’s ordinance on motorized carts is now in line with those of Fayette County’s other jurisdictions. The amendment passed by unanimous vote of the City Council at the Aug. 21 meeting.

The main thrust of the motorized cart ordinance was that it be synchronized with other Fayette County jurisdictions. In doing so, permits issued by other government entities would be honored in the city. Read More»

Changing of the guard for Fayetteville’s finances

New Fayetteville Finance Director Mike Bush and Assistant Finance Director Carleetha Talmadge are presented with the city’s 18th consecutive Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) award for excellence in financial reporting at the Aug. 21 City Council meeting. The award was accepted on behalf of outgoing finance directors Ellen Walls and Lynn Robinson. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fayetteville’s longtime finance director Lynn Robinson has retired and gone from City Hall. Filling her position is former auditor and Henry County finance director Mike Bush.

Bush is currently treasurer of the Ga. Government Finance Officers Association. He worked previously as treasurer and chief financial officer in Stockbridge and, for more than 11 years, as finance director in Henry County.

Bush was known by outgoing city finance co-directors Robinson and Ellen Walls, who knew him from his time as an auditor with Mauldin and Jenkins, the firm that conducts the city’s annual audit. Read More»

F’ville gives final approval to junior college

The vote to approve the upcoming construction of the Georgia Military College campus on Veterans Parkway in West Fayetteville came with a unanimous vote by the Fayetteville City Council at the Aug. 21 meeting. The campus is expected to open before summer’s end next year.

Plans submitted by Foley Design Associates showed a 26,000 sq. ft. classroom building on an 8.7-acre site near the intersection of Veterans Parkway and South Sandy Creek Road. Read More»

Tyrone holds the line on tax millage rate

Tyrone Town Hall. File photo.

The Tyrone Town Council on Aug. 21 held with tradition and did not raise the millage rate on property taxes. That said, the 2.889-mill tax rate amounts to an increase since more revenue will be generated because property values have increased.

The millage rate was approved by unanimous vote. The increase in property tax revenue is projected to be $14,229, a 1.8 percent increase. The total number of dollars anticipated to be collected in property tax for 2014 is $920,468, according to Town Manager Kyle Hood. Read More»

Walking Dead wall gets extension from council

Construction continues near the "Walking Dead" wall. Photo/John Thompson.

The Senoia City Council on Aug. 18 amended an agreement with Stalwart Films that will leave a 15-foot wall in place around portions of the Gin Property until 2019. Now under construction, the wall could serve as a contained set for filming of AMC television’s “The Walking Dead.”

The council on July 7 approved the construction of the 15-foot temporary wall which will enclose a number or Gin Property residences and close several streets within the property to thru-traffic. Read More»

Coweta approves annexation into Fulton Co. city

The Coweta County Commission has given a thumbs-up to a petition by Serenbe Development LLC and the City of Chattahoochee Hills that will result in a 179-acre area of the Serenbe community located in Coweta being annexed into Chatt Hills.

The 178.78-acre area situated inside Coweta off Shell Road (Atlanta Newnan Road) is part of the much larger 900-acre Serenbe community which lies within the city limits of Chatt Hills in southwest Fulton County. Read More»

PTC Council splits 3-to-2 — No tax hike

Peachtree City Councilman Eric Imker in an April meeting. File photo.

For the entire calendar year, Peachtree City’s staff created a budget they felt followed the direction of the City Council.

But Thursday night, the budget got eviscerated by Councilman Eric Imker in a presentation that contained elements of a preacher and a statistician urging his fellow council members to stave off the tax hike. Read More»