Abandoned homes pose problem for Fayette

Five abandoned homes in Fayette County have become so run-down that they should be considered for demolition, county officials said. Three of the five homes — all in the unincorporated area of the county — were damaged by fire, said Joe Scarborough of the county’s Permits and Inspections Department. The two others are in a […]

More furlough days may be coming for Fayette schools

It could be furlough time again for Fayette County School System employees. Furloughs in 2009, along with other system-wide cuts and cost-saving measures, aren’t off-setting what looks to be upcoming cuts by the legislature and a local tax digest expected to take a nose dive. School board members March 2 while discussing budget matters and […]

New north Fayette billboards come with a legal history

A number of Fayette County residents in the past few days have noticed the changing landscape of outdoor advertising along Ga. Highway 85 North in the area of the Fayette Pavilion. And the two large billboards being erected are generating complaints by some people. Attempts to keep out the billboards landed Fayette County in court […]

F’ville council helps struggling businesses

The Fayetteville City Council March 4 continued its previous decision to lessen restrictions on business banners, stake signs and A-frame signs that was set to expire March 5. The recession-driven extension will be in effect until Sept. 5. The council’s vote would allow the display of four banner signs per year rather than the two […]

Mayor Haddix says PTC is already ‘understaffed’

With a projected shortfall of $757,128 in the upcoming 2010-2011 fiscal year — and a projected $621,674 shortfall… in the current year’s budget — the Peachtree City Council is facing tough decisions at its retreat at City Hall Friday and Saturday. Mayor Don Haddix foresees a small tax increase and a draw-down of some of […]

PTC cell tower rules on tap tonight

Potential changes to the city’s cell tower ordinance will be discussed tonight by the Peachtree City Planning Commission. The 7 p.m. meeting will also include “general areas” where new towers might be needed based on information provided by various wireless carriers, according to city staff. Among the potential changes are reducing the zoning districts in […]

Fayette School Board to consider furlough days

Tough economic times can call for tough measures. And some of those measures may mean furlough days for Fayette County School System employees. That decision will be made in the coming weeks by the school board members as they assess the situation for the remainder of this fiscal year and the one to come beginning […]

PTC staff forecasts 38% tax increase in 4 years

Peachtree City’s financial staff foresees gulp-inducing property tax increases to help balance the city’s budget for the next four years — a 38 percent jump in city taxes. Looking ahead to budgets for the next four years, city staff is figuring in a series of city property tax increases: 0.269 mill for Fiscal Year 2011, […]

Paschall cart tunnel OK’d

A $346,000 bid to construct approach paths to the cart path tunnel under Ga. Highway 74 at Paschall Road has been approved by the City Council. The project will be performed in two phases, with the first being the approach paths themselves and the second phase being a path leading northward on the western side […]