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Are TADs coming to PTC?

Alan Durham addresses the PTC Council. Photo/Ben Nelms.

An agenda item at the Peachtree City Council retreat held Jan. 9 will have staff in the coming months analyze the idea of the city establishing one or more areas of the city as a tax allocation district (TAD). In a move required before the lengthy TAD process could begin, the council on Jan. 15 adopted a resolution for a November referendum that would restore the city’s development powers so that the TAD process could be considered.

Attending the retreat to provide information on the issues relating to a TAD was Fayette County Development Authority President Alan Durham. Read More»

Cameras aid Coweta's police efforts

Sgt. Jeff Bugg with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office displays the Taser Axon Flex video camera being used by road deputies. “It’s a great tool and I love it,” Bugg said. Photo/Ben Nelms.

For the past six months the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office has been using body cameras for road deputies and in the jail and for investigations. The benefit to both citizens and law enforcement has met and exceeded expectations. Read More»

County emergency center is now open

The Fayette County Emergency Operations Center on Volunteer Way in Fayetteville officially opened on Jan. 15. The 4,800 sq. ft. center will accommodate multiple agencies responding to high-impact emergency events. Fire and Emergency Services Division Chief Pete Nelms and Fayette County Commissioner Pota Coston cut the ribbon while a wealth of elected and government officials from around the county looked on. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It was years in the making, but the Fayette County Emergency Operations Center funded by a $1 million federal grant opened Jan. 15 on Volunteer Way adjacent to the 911 center in Fayetteville.

“This really is a proud day for this community. We’re proud of this accomplishment,” said Fayette County Fire and Emergency Services (FES) Division Chief Pete Nelms, explaining that the new center will assist a variety of departments and agencies in their response to crisis events in times of need. Read More»

School system chooses path

The Coweta County Board of Education voted Tuesday to file a letter of intent to pursue Investing in Educational Excellence (IE2) as the flexibility option for the Coweta County School System. Superintendent Steve Barker discusses IE2 and Charter System status at a Jan. 7 public listening session on flexibility options at Madras Middle School. Photo/Submitted.

The Coweta County Board of Education approved a letter Tuesday notifying the state of Georgia that the Coweta County School System will pursue IE2 status as the system’s flexibility option. Read More»

Marriott coming to town

lon Hotels and its desire to construct and operate an all-suites Marriott Residence Inn in the Kedron Office park won unanimous approval Jan. 15 from the Peachtree City Council.

The vote on the rezoning proposal was 4-0. Mayor Vanessa Fleisch did not attend the meeting.

The approval came with 14 conditions.

The Apsilon proposal called for the construction of a 62,000 sq. ft. Marriott Residence Inn with 126 rooms on 6.522 acres on the north side of the office park. The structure will have four floors and be no more than 45 feet in height at the highest point. Read More»

New senior village proposed

Plans for a proposed senior village on 68 acres along Ga. Highway 34 and Fischer Road in east Coweta County will be heard Jan. 22 by the Coweta County Commission.

The rezoning proposal by Landsdown LLC on behalf of Baggarly Brothers Properties LLLP is requesting that the 68-acre site located along Hwy. 34 west of Fischer Road and extending north of the Sam’s Club on Fischer Road have the zoning changed from RC (rural conservation) and C-6(minor commercial shopping district) to RRCC (residential retirement community and care). Read More»

Supervisor of the Year

Supervisor of the Year

Peachtree City Police Capt. Stan Pye was recognized as the city’s Supervisor of the Year at the Jan. 15 meeting of the Peachtree City Council by Mayor Pro-tem Kim Learnard. Pye was also recognized for his many efforts on behalf of citizens. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Jenkins gets award

Jenkins gets award

Peachtree City Police Lt. John Jenkins was recognized Jan. 15 by Mayor Pro-tem Kim Learnard for his 25 years of service in Peachtree City. The Peachtree City Council noted his multiple activities over the years that benefitted the community. Photo/Ben Nelms.

PTC Council checks on goals’ progress, eyes new ones

City Manager Jim Pennington talks about goals being reviewed by the council. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The annual Peachtree City Council retreat held Jan. 9 had council members reviewing a long list of goals established at the 2014 retreat a year ago and establishing an equally long list of goals for 2015.

City Manager Jim Pennington at the beginning of the retreat emphasized that, especially where goals were concerned, that the idea was to look back and look ahead.

“This is a meeting for talking about the city in general, not about specific departments,” said Pennington, noting that his role at the meeting was that of moderator and not as city manager. Read More»

Some residents urge Fayette to drop voting appeal

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Voting lawsuit legal expenses mount up: $743,000 so far

There was no official statement from any member of the Fayette County Board of Commissioners at the Jan. 8 meeting regarding the recent developments in the district voting case, which an appellate court recently sent back here for trial, but several citizens made their opinions known during the public comment portion of the meeting.

Three speakers urged the board to stop pursuing the case, while one expressed his displeasure at how the new district voting setup has affected his voting rights. Read More»

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