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‘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»

PTC vetoes assisted living proposal pitched for Hwy. 54, Walt Banks

A proposal to build a 54-unit assisted living facility dedicated solely to memory care patients near McIntosh High School was denied by the Peachtree City Council Thursday night.

The proposal from The Lasalle Group of Texas was to build on a 4.7 acre tract at the corner of Ga. Highway 54 and Walt Banks Road, directly across from Holy Trinity Catholic Church. But to do so, Lasalle first had to get the city’s multifamily housing moratorium lifted by council, which would allow city staff to work with the developer on preparing a rezoning for the tract.

Instead, council elected to nip the process in the bud before Lasalle could get further. The vote to deny the request to lift the moratorium was 4-0 with Councilman Eric Imker absent. Read More»

PTC Mayor: we'll keep our fire department; no need to consolidate services with county

Mayor Vanessa Fleisch (R) and Councilman Mike King at an April City Council meeting. Photo/John Munford.

The Peachtree City Council has no plans to consolidate its fire department in a joint effort being explored by the Fayette County and Fayetteville governing bodies.

Because of all the talk surrounding the potential merger of the county and Fayetteville departments, Peachtree City Mayor Vanessa Fleisch took time at Thursday’s City Council meeting to assure residents they are not going to consider joining the effort in any way. Read More»

Senoia prepares to spruce up median

A Senoia Downtown Development Authority (DDA) design concept to put a new face on the median in the downtown area was reviewed and approved April 7 by the City Council.

City Manager Richard Ferry in introducing the proposal said the idea of making changes to the median on Main Street was first discussed two years earlier.

“The DDA was able to close the design phase and hand the project over to the city for completion,” Ferry told council members. Read More»

F’ville may back loan to buy store on courthouse square

Fayetteville City Manager Joe Morton.

The April 17 meeting of the Fayetteville City Council will include a proposal that the city back a loan for the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) to purchase a building on the courthouse square for re-sale and to discuss City Manager Joe Morton’s request that he step down from the board of the Fayette County Development Authority.

The meeting was to include a vote on the potential consolidation of the city and county fire departments. A special meeting to further discuss the consolidation will be held April 23 at 5 p.m. at City Hall. Read More»

King, Ernst explain voting against PTC K-9 expansion

Peachtree City Councilman Terry Ernst. Photo/John Munford.

The approval to buy a second K-9 dog for the Peachtree City Police Department by the City Council April 16 came on a split 3-2 vote.

Councilmen Mike King and Terry Ernst, asked Monday about the reasoning behind their opposition, both said they felt the K-9 duty took away from time the officer could spend on cart path patrol.

Ernst and King said they were comfortable with having the one existing police K-9 unit, but they felt having two was a bit too much. Read More»

F’ville Council may be split on county’s proposal to take over city fire department

Fayetteville residents gathered April 9 to hear arguments for and against having the Fayette Fire and Emergency Services take over the city fire department.Photo/Ben Nelms.
The members of the Fayetteville City Council joined with four of the five Fayette County commissioners on April 9 for a public presentation of the proposed consolidation of the Fayetteville Fire Department with Fayette County’s Fire and Emergency Services.
 
As occurred two years ago when the same topic surfaced, the commission chambers were full of people largely opposed to the measure.

F’ville’s new gas pump max: 12

A unanimous vote by the Fayetteville City Council on April 3 will increase the number of gas pumps allowed at service stations and convenience stores. The vote raised the previous maximum of eight pumps to the new maximum of 12 pumps. It was just two years ago that the ordinance allowed a maximum of six pumps. Read More»

PTC mayor wants airport authority rep to stay on FCDA board

Proposed changes by the Fayette County Commission to the make-up of the Fayette County Development Authority (FCDA) board drew two requests by Peachtree City Mayor Vanessa Fleisch at the commission’s April 10 meeting. Read More»