Fayette board faces a busy Thursday afternoon agenda


The Fayette County Board of Commissioners has moved its regular meeting this week to 4 p.m. from its usual 7 p.m. time Thursday.

Among new business, the board is expected to consider a property owner’s request to be annexed into Fayetteville, although there doesn’t appear to be a compelling reason to object to the move.

The site at 140 Walker Parkway is 1.01 acres and the plan is to develop a restaurant, according to a county staff report. The city intends to rezone the property from C-H to C-3, both of which are Highway-Commercial zoning classifications.

The county’s Future Land Use Map has the site designated as commercial, and it is surrounded in all four directions by existing commercial properties, two of which are already in the city.

The county could choose to object to the annexation by a majority vote, and if so it must deliver the objection to the city by March 29.

“Staff has reviewed the application and finds no grounds for a bona-fide land use objection,” according to the staff report.

Other new business on the board’s agenda this week includes a staff request to award a maximum price bid of $1,545,347 to New South Construction for the renovation project at the old jail, with $99,925 in a separate contract going to South Western Communications for installation of specialized electronic security systems.

The old Fayette County jail contains 19,715 square feet with seven housing units and a total of 75 two-man cells, along with an internal exercise yard and central control tower. It has been unoccupied for 14 years since the new jail was completed, but this project will bring it back to operational standards and increase the county’s inmate capacity.

According to county staff, the project work includes roof replacement and repairs, repairs to existing windows, installation of correctional grade plumbing fixtures; replacement of cell door locking systems, improvements to cells, day rooms and control tower; new correctional furniture, replacement and repairs to the HVAC system with a smoke evacuation fans, replacement of light fittings, and adding new security control systems, cameras and recording facilities linked back to the existing central control room in the new jail. A $10,000 allowance was included to connect additional circuits in the new jail to the emergency power generator.

If approved, the project will begin as soon as the company gets notice to proceed. Completion is expected by August.

The board will also consider an ordinance that includes revised provisions pertaining to Lake Kedron, Starr’s Mill, Lake Horton and Lake McIntosh. The proposed changes are designed to bring consistency to recreation ordinances already in effect governing county reservoirs, according to county staff.

A public hearing was scheduled for a petition by Joe Wayton to rezone 6.49 acres from R-20 to A-R and develop a farm on the property fronting on Neely Road and consisting of two lots in the Alvin Acres subdivision. The applicant has requested that the petition be withdrawn.

The consent agenda includes a request from the Olivia Estates homeowners association for authorization of motorized cart travel on all streets within the subdivision, as Board of Commissioners approval is required to designate streets for such use. Since 1995 the county has approved 25 subdivisions’ internal streets for cart use.

Also on the consent agenda is a request to approve a $164,852 bid to Gene Barber Contracting for expansion and renovations at the Fayette Senior Center

The board is expected to recognize Pash Lima, the artist who painted the mural at the Crosstown Water Treatment Plant, and also give special thanks to the Dolce Hotel and Resort in Peachtree City for providing Lima’s accommodations in support of the project.