Government

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»

Senoia expands city area

The annexation of 36 acres along Ga. Highway 16 on Senoia’s west side was met with no objection by the Coweta County Commission at the Sept. 4 meeting.

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County passes $65M budget

Coweta County commissioners adopted a $65 million FY 2015 general fund budget on Sept. 16 without using fund balance.

The FY 2015 budget is essentially the same as the FY 2014 budget and does not use any fund balance, said finance director Hans Wilson.

The $2.6 million increase in revenues over the $62.34 million FY 2014 budget comes mainly from a $2 million increase in property taxes and a $715,000 increase in licenses and permits.

Wilson said the increase in property taxes stems from an increase in property values and from the revaluation of the county’s commercial properties. Read More»

High honor

High honor

Mayor of Senoia Larry Owens presented the International Institute of Municipal Clerks’ designation of Certified Municipal Clerk to Debby Volk, City Clerk of Senoia. Debby previously received her Georgia Certification for Municipal Clerks from the University of Georgia in September 2007, and completed her courses for her Masters in the same field of study earlier this month. Photo/Bethan Adams.

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