Government

Coweta gets good planning award

The Georgia Dept. of Community Affairs (DCA) on Sept. 30 announced Coweta County was among 10 cities and counties to be designated as “PlanFirst” communities based on successful planning initiatives.

“Good planning by local communities is the hallmark of economic growth,” said Gretchen Corbin, DCA Gretchen Corbin. “These are communities that can serve as statewide models for others in how to actively and strategically implement a vision for the future.” Read More»

F’ville’s new city manager has planning background

New F’ville City Manager Ray Gibson. Photo/Lisa Fingeroot.

Ray Gibson’s hefty experience in planning and zoning is a major reason he was chosen to become Fayetteville’s new city manager and he is ready for the task.

“I’m very excited,” he said in a recent interview. “Fayetteville has set the standards already. It has great hospitals, great schools. There’s a lot to build on. We’ll work together.”

Gibson is quick to praise the work that came before him and said he will continue to make sure staff members are given the recognition they deserve for exceptional work. Read More»

Power struggle at ARC: Board delays controversial vote

A move to adopt proposed bylaw changes by the Atlanta Regional Commission board that has raised the ire of some Fayette County leaders was postponed for a month. Read More»

F’ville Council to decide Oddo 60-acre rezoning

Fayetteville Councilman Paul Oddo. Photo/Staff.

A subdivision planned for the largest undeveloped tract of land in Fayetteville, which is owned by a family that includes two local government officials, is scheduled for public scrutiny Thursday when the City Council is expected to take a look at the plan and hear comments.

The 60-acre tract along Redwine Road near its intersection with Ramah Road is owned by the Oddo family, which includes Fayetteville Councilman Paul Oddo and Fayette County Commissioner Chuck Oddo. Councilman Oddo will not vote on the plan. Read More»

Septic tank failing, care home wants annexation into PTC

Septic tank failing, care home wants annexation into PTC

The Peachtree City Council on Oct. 2 will hear an annexation request that would bring the Heritage of Peachtree City personal care apartments on Ga. Highway 54 near Sumner Road into the city.

The 3.52-acre property is situated between Hwy. 54 and Sumner Road on the city’s east side. The property is zoned community commercial in unincorporated Fayette County.

Owned by HCRIX Royal LLC, the site consists of 49 personal care apartments and is accessed by a driveway off Hwy. 54. Read More»

Comm. Barlow sounds off on golf cart reciprocity issue

Fayette County Commissioner David Barlow. File photo.

Fayette County Commissioner David Barlow said last Thursday that he does not share the position of some of his colleagues regarding the lack of a reciprocal golf cart agreement with Peachtree City.

Referring to a story that ran in The Citizen a few weeks ago, Barlow said he is not among the “county officials” who are “frustrated” with the situation. He spoke about the issue during his regular comment time at the most recent Fayette County Board of Commissioners meeting. Read More»

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»

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