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Fayette schedules rare afternoon session

It is expected to be a relatively light agenda for the Fayette County Board of Commissioners at Thursday’s regular meeting, with perhaps the most noteworthy item being the time it starts.

The board will meet at 2 p.m. instead of its normal evening start time because of the Silent Heroes Award ceremony that evening, which a number of county officials are expected to attend.

Chairman Steve Brown’s recommendation to request a $2,000 grant from the Fayette Master Gardener Association will be considered. The grant funds would be used after park designs are officially approved by the board. Read More»

Fayette seeks artists for public projects

If you’re an artist who wants to leave your mark on the community, the Fayette County Public Art Committee may have some work for you.

The committee has announced a call for artists who want to participate in the creation of a mural at the Crosstown Water Treatment Plant on TDK Boulevard in Peachtree City. Read More»

Tax unchanged from last year as Fayette rolls back rate

As expected, the Fayette County Board of Commissioners voted Thursday night to roll back the general fund tax rate from 5.714 mills to 5.602 mills to keep property owners’ tax bills the same as last year after the first positive property assessment in seven years.

The 1.96-percent reduction in millage was made possible by an increase in property values, according to Mary Parrott, the county’s chief financial officer.
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Jeff Davis Drive rezoning denied for traffic safety issues

Concerns about eight new driveways emptying directly onto South Jeff Davis Drive were what motivated the Fayette County Board of Commissioners to deny a rezoning request for a new residential development.

The property in question was a 10.56-acre tract sandwiched between two large existing subdivisions, Jeff Davis Plantation and The Woodlands, and homeowners from both of those neighborhoods came to the meeting to express their opposition to the request that would allow eight lots with frontage on South Jeff Davis Drive.
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Fayette tax rate rollback on Thursday agenda

By MONROE ROARK
sports@TheCitizen.com

Property owners in Fayette County could be seeing a slight drop in the millage rate and an even more minuscule rise in overall tax revenue after the Board of Commissioners considers the 2014 millage at Thursday night’s regular meeting.

The proposed general fund millage rate is 5.602, down almost 2 percent from the current 5.714 mills. There would be no change in the millage for fire services, EMS services and E-911 services. Read More»

Commissioners demur on public money for church project

A proposal before the Fayette County Commission to have the county assist the circa 1825 Hopeful Primitive Baptist Church on Ga. Highway 92 with the installation of a water meter and a sidewalk to the historic cemetery did not pass muster at the Aug. 14 meeting. But a press release issued Aug. 18 had commissioners asking the public to donate to the effort to restore and preserve the historic church.

The historic church at the corner of Hwy. 92 and New Hope Road is among the oldest structures in Fayette County. It is also the burial site of many who died nearly 200 years ago. 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»

Bypass extension work to begin later this month

The transportation landscape on Newnan’s southeast side is about to undergo a transformation. Crews are set to begin work on a project that will extend the four-lane Newnan Crossing Bypass south to Ga. Highway 16 and U.S. Highway 29. The area along Hwy. 29 will also be upgraded from Interstate 85 to Pine Road.

The project will have Newan Crossing Bypass extended from Turkey Creek Road to the north for a distance of approximately 1.7 miles down to Hwy.16 where it will intersect just west of East Gordon Road. The entire span of the roadway will include four lanes and a median. Read More»

Shopping center planned for Newnan Bypass

The economic climate in Coweta County continues to improve. Evidence of that reality will come Aug. 19 when county commissioners conduct a public hearing on a proposal that would create nearly 163,000 square feet of retail and office space along Newnan Bypass East at Poplar Road.

Located primarily on the east side of the bypass, the majority of the 79.38 acres is situated south of Poplar Road, north of Turkey Creek Road and immediately west of Interstate 85. Read More»

Appreciation time

Appreciation time

Appreciation time
Coweta County Administrator Michael Fouts, left, received an unexpected gift from commission Chairman Bob Blackburn at the Aug. 5 meeting. Noting Fouts’ one-year anniversary as administrator, Blackburn presented him with a cane and seat cushion in anticipation that Fouts would serve in the position for many years to come. Photo/Ben Nelms.

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