Government

Restore 7th-grade sports?

he June 16 meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education included an item that addressed the potential for restoring seventh-grade athletics that were removed from the budget last year.

Superintendent Jody Barrow said he had received a number of emails on the issue.

“I don’t think anyone is against it. We do have to be fiscally conservative and I think we can make it happen in the future,” said Barrow.

As important as having the available funds, Barrow said issues such as scheduling, planning and securing coaching are also of prime importance. Read More»

Former golf course may house future public safety facility

A former golf course purchased by Fayette County officials for $1.42 million may end up as something other than part of the future East Fayetteville Bypass.

The county commission voted March 27 to purchase the land, in order to protect a future road path for the bypass — which would need a new stretch of road between Ga. Highway 54 to the north and County Line Road to the south. Read More»

PTC looking at buying new operational software for $495K

Peachtree City officials are wanting to spend up to $495,000 to overhaul much of the city’s operational software, and a vote is expected Thursday night on a very light agenda for the Peachtree City Council.

The winning vendor, BS&A Software, was selected from six companies that submitted proposals, three of which were invited to demonstrate their product onsite for staff to review.

According to a memo from Financial Services Director Paul Salvatore, BS&A was chosen because it would best address the majority of the city’s needs based on input from all city divisions and departments. Read More»

Fayette schools get A+ for financial reporting

Fayette schools get A+ for financial reporting

Fayette County School System Coordinator of Audits and Purchasing Laura Brock (L) and Assistant Superintendent of Business and Personnel Management Tom Gray were joined by Chairman Marion Key on June 16 as they received a certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. Gray said the award that notes the demonstration of a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” would not have been possible without Brock’s work. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Final hearing on Fayette’s $46.7M budget June 26

Without a property tax increase later this year, the county’s $46.7 million budget drew neither complaint nor praise from the public at the June 12 meeting of the Fayette County Commission.

No one commented during the first of two public hearings on the proposal, but a second and final opportunity is slated for the commission’s June 26 meeting at 7 p.m. Read More»

County shifts fire coverage

There has been a small shift in fire coverage involving Fayette County and Fayetteville. The county has re-opened Station No. 4 across from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and has transferred the county ambulance to that station from its former location at the city fire department a few blocks to the west. As for future plans, the county said June 9 an operational plan is being finalized. Read More»

PTC blowout: Raise taxes, hike budget 17%

Peachtree City Councilman Eric Imker. Photo/John Munford.

Staff seeks $3.4 million in new taxes; $34.5 million budget includes 3% pay raises for city employees

The skinny budget chickens are coming home to roost with a vengeance — and a big appetite — in Peachtree City.

After 10 years of depending on now-defunct sales tax receipts to pay for routine city maintenance, the City Council is facing a budget blowout for the upcoming Fiscal Year 2015.

City staff at a budget workshop meeting of the City Council Monday night gave the council a choice ranging from Read More»

Coweta schools pick 'charter' plan

School systems across Georgia are faced with a decision about how they will conduct business in the future. And like most others to date, the Coweta County Board of Education has opted to transition to a charter system. Read More»

New delay for lake: dredging permit needed to continue

The defective Lake Peachtree spillway. Photo/Bonnie Hester.

Peachtree City residents who are displeased with the unsightly nature of the lowered Lake Peachtree are going to be disheartened. Read More»

PTC tax hikes ahead?

Council to talk budget Monday; city staff to price various service levels; $3M for streets, cart paths
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