Fayetteville

F'ville rejects fire consolidation by a 3-2 vote

It lasted more than four hours, but in the end the Fayetteville City Council Wednesday night voted 3-2 against consolidating the city’s fire department with Fayette County fire services. And the crowd roared with approval.

The council chambers were packed to the point that many filled the foyer and spilled over into the area just outside the building where speakers had been set up for the overflow crowd to hear the proceedings. The nearly 250 in attendance were a mix of city residents, business owners, firefighters and their families. Read More»

F’ville votes 3-2 to back DDA loan

A proposal by the Fayetteville Downtown Development Authority to have the city back a loan so DDA can purchase the former dress shop at Lanier Avenue and Glynn Street for re-sale was approved April 17 by the City Council on a 3-2 vote.

The DDA proposal requested that the city serve as a loan guarantor to buy the space on the old courthouse square for re-sale for retail or restaurant use.

Community Development Director Brian Wismer said DDA has sought financing from Regions Bank for 80 percent of the $179,000 purchase price of the 1,700 sq. ft. building. Read More»

‘If I were mayor’ winner honored

Bennett’s Mill Middle School sixth-grader Olivia Ibeh was the winner of the 2014 “If I Were Mayor, I Would ...” contest sponsored by the Fayetteville City Council. Pictured at the April 17 council meeting with Olivia (center) were, from left, Mayor Greg Clifton and Olivia’s parents Chiekezie and Sonya Ibeh. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It is a tradition in Fayetteville for the City Council each year to sponsor an essay contest with the topic “If I Were Mayor, I Would ...” This year, sixth-grade language arts students from Bennett’s Mill Middle School were asked to submit entries. The council at the April 17 meeting recognized contest winner Olivia Ibeh.

The contest is part of the Georgia Cities Week activities and is a way to promote positive student recognition.

After the announcement of Olivia’s winning contest entry, the sixth-grader read her winning essay. Read More»

Hot meeting today for F’ville Council — Vote expected on fire dept. consolidation

This sign urging against consolidation of the fire departments was posted at the roundabout at the intersection of Grady Avenue and Beauregard Boulevard over the weekend. Photo/John Munford.

The Fayetteville City Council on April 23 at 5 p.m. will hold what will likely be a well-attended public meeting at City Hall on the question of consolidating the city’s fire department with Fayette County Fire and Emergency Services. The council is expected to vote on the proposal at the conclusion of the meeting.

Financial information compiled by the city’s financial department will be presented at the meeting. Some of the information was presented at the council’s March retreat while other portions of the data has not been seen by citizens to date. Read More»

Welcome to America, new citizens!

Immigrants from 45 different countries celebrated as they were officially declared U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony Friday afternoon at the Fayette County Library in Fayetteville. Story on Page A3. Photo/John Munford.

101 immigrants become Americans at Fayette library

Some of them waved flags. Others clapped. There were hugs and a few high-fives mixed in too. All were smiling, and they had good reason to be so happy: They had just been officially declared to be American citizens at a special naturalization ceremony at the Fayette County Library Friday afternoon.

The new Americans hailed from 45 different countries ranging from Algeria to Uruguay and many in-between such as Canada, China, German, Iran, Iraq, Mexico, Peru, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and more. Read More»

‘The Resurrection on Trial’ set for Sunday, April 27, at FFBC

On Sunday evening, April 27, at 6 p.m., the Fayetteville First Baptist Church will present an Easter play, “The Resurrection on Trial.” at 6 p.m.

The play is described as a “ ... well researched and beautifully written drama of a court case in which most of those on the scene at the resurrection are called on to prove or disprove the validity of the resurrection.”

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 770-461-8378 or visit www.fayettevillefbc.org.

Fayetteville First Baptist is at 205 E. Stonewall ave (Ga. Hwy. 54 East), in downtown Fayetteville.

Providence United Methodist changes worship times

Beginning this Sunday, April 27, Providence United Methodist Church will have traditional worship at 9:30 a.m. and the contemporary service at 11 a.m.

“Since everyone is so busy during the week with school, work and sports, we are looking forward to having a fellowship time between worship services where people who worship at different times can catch up with each other,” Senior Pastor Diane Parrish explains. “Our café is open all morning, so we want everyone to feel comfortable visiting on the patio now that the weather is nice.” Read More»

The Summit Church

From left to right Dottie Davis, Bi Qing Brannon, Jerry Brannon, and Mary Wheeler prepare for the anniversary dinner.

The Summit Church celebrated 11 years in ministry on March 30, 2014. From left to right Dottie Davis, Bi Qing Brannon, Jerry Brannon, and Mary Wheeler prepare for the anniversary dinner. Photo/Special. (This photo ran last week with erroneous information. It is the policy of The Citizen to correct errors of fact upon notification.)

Consolidation: Where’s the fire?

In order to further understand the issue about the county wanting to take over the city of Fayetteville’s fire department, I did a little research on how a “city” works.

First of all a “city” is much like a non-profit organization, meaning it must pay for all the services it offers and all the employees’ wages within these services with money “donated” in several different ways. The most obvious of these is through a property tax based on a “millage rate.” Read More»

District voting and who really gets disenfranchised

Many years ago, I learned about the representative democracy we enjoy from Mr. Hill, my government teacher.
 
At the federal level there are 435 U.S. Representatives of which I get to vote for one. I don’t get to vote for all 435, only one.
 
There are 100 U.S. Senators in the Senate and I get to vote for two to represent my interests, not all 100 but strictly two.
 
At the state level there are 180 state representatives in Georgia of which I get to vote for one.