Government

Fayette Elections Board: NO Sunday voting here

Shutterstock early voting sign.

No action was taken by the Fayette County Board of Elections on a request by Rep. Virgil Fludd (D-Tyrone) to have polls open on Sunday, Oct. 26, for early voting.

Board members Addison Lester, Darryl Hicks and Chairman Marilyn Watts discussed the request at the Sept. 23 meeting, heard from a number of citizens who attended the meeting and reached a consensus that they did not have enough information to reach a decision on Fludd’s request. Read More»

Senoia waives its meter fee

The Senoia council decided to waive a $2,200 water meter fee in order to help local subdivision Twin Lakes complete improvements on its entrance.

Senoia councilman Chuck Eichorst said the council has not waived a fee like this in the past.

“The fear here is setting a precedent, but my feeling is you have to look at each individual circumstance that is involved,” Eichorst said. Read More»

Traffic plans carve up F’ville’s first shopping center

A landmark for longer than a majority of residents can remember, the portion of the Hudson Plaza shopping center that sat perpendicular to Ga. Highway 85 in Fayetteville and including the Golden Chopstix restaurant was demolished earlier in the week to make way for the Ga. Highway 92/Hood Avenue realignment project that will connect Hwy. 92 to North Jeff Davis Drive. Photo/Ben Nelms.

A piece of Fayetteville’s history came to an end Sept. 22 in a project that signals the next phase of the city’s future. A portion of Hudson Plaza, the city’s first shopping center, was demolished to make way for the Ga. Hwy. 92/Hood Avenue realignment project that will connect to North Jeff Davis Drive and help mitigate downtown traffic congestion. Read More»

Teacher pay raises likely as Fayette BoE finds extra money

After several lean years of cutting expenses, the Fayette County Board of Education is discussing mid-year teacher pay raises and the possibility of adding more items to a budget that is already the first one to see an increase in five years. Read More»

311-unit F’ville senior project OK’d

A Fayetteville-supplied graphic of the senior living project.

In what appeared to be a reluctant move last week, the Fayetteville City Council approved a controversial rezoning that allows a 311-unit senior citizen complex near The Villages at LaFayette.

The 4-1 decision came after Mayor Greg Clifton asked council members to envision a scenario where the senior complex is not approved, but nearby apartments become “wildly successful” and developers ask to expand apartments on to the site chosen for the senior citizen complex.

“I don’t want to chase off a $45 million project in our city,” Clifton said of the senior complex. Read More»

BoC eyes $257K for athletic field lights

Shutterstock photo of a bank of field lights.

The Fayette County Board of Commissioners will consider spending $257,000 for lighting on two of McCurry Park’s athletic fields at Read More»

Fayette Commission to spotlight national anthem

Fayette Commission to spotlight national anthem

On the heels of the 200th anniversary of the creation of “The Star Spangled Banner,” the Fayette County Board of Commissioners will give special attention to the national anthem at Thursday night’s regular meeting.

Three representatives from McIntosh High School — Jackie Gray, Jennifer Kodak and TaNia Nash - will sing “The Star Spangled Banner” tomorrow night at the Board of Commissioners meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. at the county’s administrative complex, 140 Stonewall Avenue in Fayetteville. Read More»

Fayette County ethics board has vacancy

There is an open seat on the Fayette County Ethics Board for a three-year term that begins in early November.

The board is made up of three members and two alternate members, all of whom are volunteers, and meets on an as-needed basis but generally no more than once a year, according to county officials. Ethics board meetings take place at the Fayette County Administrative Complex, 140 Stonewall Avenue West, Suite 100, in Fayetteville.

The seat in question is available for a term beginning Nov. 8 of this year and expiring Nov. 7, 2017. Read More»

Big changes are coming to historic street

Senoia's downtown Seavy Street will be undergoing construction soon. According to city manager Richard Ferry, rainfall has been causing standing water, small floods and slow drainage along the road.

At Monday night’s meeting, the council chose the second of two plans drawn up by engineer firm Integrated Science and Engineering (ISE). The new plan essentially entails lowering the middle of the road and curbing the drainage into drop inlets in the center, instead of letting the water pool along the sides of the street. Read More»

Proposed salaries at PTC could cost up to $1 million

City employees in Peachtree City on Sept. 16 got a look at the classification and compensation plan performed by Condrey and Associates of Athens. With several options to choose from and if acted upon at a future date, implementation would carry a cost ranging from $650,000 to $1.1 million.

Mayor Vanessa Fleisch said the presentation at the Sept. 16 council workshop was for presentation purposes only, adding that it will be up to City Manager Jim Pennington to determine if a recommendation based on the findings will be forthcoming. Read More»