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Coweta Commission honored for ‘pro business’ actions

Coweta Commission honored for ‘pro business’ actions

The Coweta County Commission received one of the 2013 Prosperity Awards presented on March 5 by the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce. The award was given for “positive actions” of the Board of Commissioners in the areas such as impact fee elimination, industrial development and transportation planning. Chairman Blackburn (center) is seen with Chamber President and CEO Candace Boothby (left) and 2013 Chamber Board Chair Dean Jackson. Photo/Special.

Year-round haunted house gets Coweta nod

The Coweta County Commission by a 4-1 vote on March 4 approved a request by the “13 Stories” haunted house venue off Ga. Highway 16 that provides for year-round operation and removes an earlier requirement that an off-duty sheriff’s deputy be positioned in the nearby residential area to screen traffic approaching the business. Read More»

F’ville Fire Dept. consolidation eyed — again

Generic photo of firefighter dousing a fire. Photo/Shutterstock.

The idea of consolidating the Fayetteville Fire Dept. with the Fayette County Fire Dept. is back for the second time in two years. Though turned down in mid-2012 by a consensus of the council, the item was back on the retreat agenda after the city received a letter from Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown asking that the topic be discussed.

Council members at the retreat agreed by consensus to ask the county to provide a detailed report outlining the financial and service provision aspects of a possible consolidation. Read More»

Coweta OK's new cell tower

Residents in the area of southwest Newnan should soon be experiencing better cell phone coverage. The Coweta County Commission voted unanimously on Feb.18 to approve a rezoning request that will locate an AT&T cell tower on a 10-acre site off 179 Old Corinth Road.

The 150-foot monopine tower surrounded by a chain-link fence will be located 524 feet off Old Corinth Road within the 10-acre site. The rezoning request asked for special use approval for a section of the property totaling .1125 acres. Read More»

Haunted house request pushed to March 4

“13 Stories” haunted house owner Allyn Glover was back before the Coweta County Commission Feb.18 to request that two conditions accompanying his September approval to re-locate his facility to the old Playtex plant off Ga. Highway 16 be removed. The public hearing was conducted, but the vote will not be taken until the March 4 meeting.

Though approved in September, Glover at the Feb. 18 meeting said the new location did not open for Halloween due to the amount of work required. Read More»

New map means confusion for some candidates, voters

Members and supporters of and attorneys for the Fayette County Branch of the NAACP pose outside the federal courthouse Feb. 18.

NAACP hails judge’s decision as ‘historic win-win’; new map creates district to ensure a minority candidate will be elected in Fayette

The switch to district voting for Fayette County Commission and Board of Education elections will prevent about 60 percent of Fayette voters from casting ballots in four local races during the May primary and the November general election. Read More»

Brown wants term limits for commission

Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown in a January 2014 photo.

The Fayette County Commission will vote Thursday on a recommendation to apply term limits to existing and future commissioners.

The restrictions would limit commissioners to serving no more than two consecutive four-year terms. Proposed by Commission Chairman Steve Brown, the restrictions would be made retroactive to those holding office since 2011, which would include Brown and fellow commissioner Allen McCarty. Read More»

It’s final — Federal court enacts district voting

It’s final — Federal court enacts district voting

New map with majority-minority 5th District will be used for upcoming elections; NAACP calls it "historic win-win" for all citizens

Tuesday afternoon, district voting became the law of the land in Fayette County by decree of a U.S. District Judge, replacing the county’s at-large voting format with a new process that will allow residents to vote for just one of the five members on both the Fayette County Commission and the Fayette County Board of Education.

Under at-large voting, struck down by the court, Fayette voters had the luxury of casting a ballot for all five members on each governing body. Read More»

‘Emergency’ declared in Fayette by commission

At the height of the winter storm last week, the old Fayette County Courthouse reposed in icy splendor with few to admire the wonderland spectacle. Photo/Steve Rapson.

Allows for federal disaster funds to offset costs

The Fayette County Commission Monday officially declared a state of emergency for the period following last week’s ice storm.

The designation allows the county to be eligible for state and federal recovery funds at a future date.

The commission was also effusive in praising county employees and volunteers who helped weather the storm, from the public works staff to emergency management officials who staffed the county’s emergency operations center. Read More»

Rapson: Fayette ready for district voting changes

Qualifying starts in three short weeks for two seats on both the county commission and board of education, but the short time frame is not expected to cause a problem for district voting to be implemented in Fayette County this year, according to County Administrator Steve Rapson.

Elections staff will have to manually look up a candidate’s address to confirm they live in the appropriate new district, Rapson said.

A new voting district map could be approved as early as next week, as the federal judge in the district voting case will conduct a Feb. 18 hearing on the court-proposed map. Read More»