Government

Superintendent outlines new areas of focus

Parents of school-age children might want to be aware of a number of changes coming to schools systems across the state this year. Coweta Superintendent Steve Barker said among those are the new Ga. Milestones Assessment tests designed to measure a student’s academic growth in a given subject area.

Barker recently outlined a number of areas of focus for the school system, including local initiatives and several major state and federal requirements.

Among the major state and federal-required items being implemented are: Read More»

More retail space is slated for Coweta

Approval for a 163,000 sq. ft. retail and office center at Poplar Road and Newnan Bypass Read More»

Ice age of the zombies

Ice age of the zombies

City councils in Peachtree City and Newnan have been officially called out to take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge for the ALS Association. The Senoia City Council on Aug. 28 made the challenge and got a taste of the zombie version of the ice bucket treatment as four of the local un-dead dumped ice water on council members in front the Woodbury Shoppe, The Official Walking Dead Store, at Seavy and Main. Braving the madness were, from left, Councilman Maurice Grover, Mayor Larry Owens and councilmen Bobby Graham and Jeff Fisher. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fayette tax rate rollback on Thursday agenda

By MONROE ROARK
sports@TheCitizen.com

Property owners in Fayette County could be seeing a slight drop in the millage rate and an even more minuscule rise in overall tax revenue after the Board of Commissioners considers the 2014 millage at Thursday night’s regular meeting.

The proposed general fund millage rate is 5.602, down almost 2 percent from the current 5.714 mills. There would be no change in the millage for fire services, EMS services and E-911 services. Read More»

F’ville OKs rule changes to allow golf carts on many city sidewalks

Fayetteville’s ordinance on motorized carts is now in line with those of Fayette County’s other jurisdictions. The amendment passed by unanimous vote of the City Council at the Aug. 21 meeting.

The main thrust of the motorized cart ordinance was that it be synchronized with other Fayette County jurisdictions. In doing so, permits issued by other government entities would be honored in the city. Read More»

Commissioners demur on public money for church project

A proposal before the Fayette County Commission to have the county assist the circa 1825 Hopeful Primitive Baptist Church on Ga. Highway 92 with the installation of a water meter and a sidewalk to the historic cemetery did not pass muster at the Aug. 14 meeting. But a press release issued Aug. 18 had commissioners asking the public to donate to the effort to restore and preserve the historic church.

The historic church at the corner of Hwy. 92 and New Hope Road is among the oldest structures in Fayette County. It is also the burial site of many who died nearly 200 years ago. Read More»

Changing of the guard for Fayetteville’s finances

New Fayetteville Finance Director Mike Bush and Assistant Finance Director Carleetha Talmadge are presented with the city’s 18th consecutive Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) award for excellence in financial reporting at the Aug. 21 City Council meeting. The award was accepted on behalf of outgoing finance directors Ellen Walls and Lynn Robinson. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fayetteville’s longtime finance director Lynn Robinson has retired and gone from City Hall. Filling her position is former auditor and Henry County finance director Mike Bush.

Bush is currently treasurer of the Ga. Government Finance Officers Association. He worked previously as treasurer and chief financial officer in Stockbridge and, for more than 11 years, as finance director in Henry County.

Bush was known by outgoing city finance co-directors Robinson and Ellen Walls, who knew him from his time as an auditor with Mauldin and Jenkins, the firm that conducts the city’s annual audit. Read More»

F’ville gives final approval to junior college

The vote to approve the upcoming construction of the Georgia Military College campus on Veterans Parkway in West Fayetteville came with a unanimous vote by the Fayetteville City Council at the Aug. 21 meeting. The campus is expected to open before summer’s end next year.

Plans submitted by Foley Design Associates showed a 26,000 sq. ft. classroom building on an 8.7-acre site near the intersection of Veterans Parkway and South Sandy Creek Road. Read More»

Tyrone holds the line on tax millage rate

Tyrone Town Hall. File photo.

The Tyrone Town Council on Aug. 21 held with tradition and did not raise the millage rate on property taxes. That said, the 2.889-mill tax rate amounts to an increase since more revenue will be generated because property values have increased.

The millage rate was approved by unanimous vote. The increase in property tax revenue is projected to be $14,229, a 1.8 percent increase. The total number of dollars anticipated to be collected in property tax for 2014 is $920,468, according to Town Manager Kyle Hood. Read More»

Walking Dead wall gets extension from council

Construction continues near the "Walking Dead" wall. Photo/John Thompson.

The Senoia City Council on Aug. 18 amended an agreement with Stalwart Films that will leave a 15-foot wall in place around portions of the Gin Property until 2019. Now under construction, the wall could serve as a contained set for filming of AMC television’s “The Walking Dead.”

The council on July 7 approved the construction of the 15-foot temporary wall which will enclose a number or Gin Property residences and close several streets within the property to thru-traffic. Read More»