City News - May 2022

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NEWS MAY 2022

City enjoys partnership with Fayette Senior Services and ‘Meals on Wheels’ Page 4


Council honors Fleming Family as example of community leadership

Andrew Fleming, his brother Brycen, and their parents SherVin and Lakeisha were recently recognized by the Fayetteville City Council for the work they do through the non-profit organization Andrew’s Fun & Helpful Community, which they founded nearly a decade ago.

Ribbon cut at new Bennett’s Mill garden Mayor Ed Johnson helped cut the ribbon at the April 21 ceremonial opening of the Bennett’s Mill Middle School garden. The event, which was hosted by the Fayette Chamber of Commerce, included tours of the school’s hydroponics and aquaponics classrooms.

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City launches new website and Citizen Engagement Portal The City of Fayetteville has launched its new and improved website, and it has also recently unveiled the new Citizen Engagement Portal, which can be accessed from the home page of the website. More information on both will be made available soon to help the comminty better engage with the City. While there are many changes from the previous website, the new website still offers all of the features and content that users will need to interact with the City of Fayetteville. The URL remains www.Fayetteville-GA. gov.

Public Safety personnel connect with next-generation public servants

Fayetteville’s Fire and Police personnel had a fun time participating in several end-of-year events at our local elementary schools, where they fielded lots of questions from bright minds, gave vehicle tours, and even provided a rain shower from a fire truck. These opportunities to connect with the next generation of public servants and leaders are priceless and important to ensure a great future for our community. 3 - May 2022


Partnering with Meals on Wheels

Pictured (l-r) are FSS Care Manager Natalie Hynson, Meals on Wheels Coordinator Carrie Bittinger, Main Street Event Specialist Jillian Mason, and Senior Planner Julie Brown. The Meals on Wheels program administered locally by Fayette Senior Services is a blessing to many seniors every week, but it is also a blessing to its volunteers, several of whom are City of Fayetteville employees. The City’s involvement originated in the summer of 2015 when Fayette Senior Services Care Manager Natalie Hynson met with City Manager Ray Gibson and other City leaders and asked if they would consider running Route 13 on Mondays. “They never hesitated,” Hynson remembers. “The City now runs Route 13 two times per week, and involves over 25 employees, adding up to over 200 volunteer hours per year.” One of the City’s first volunteers

back in 2015 was IT Director Kelvin Joiner, who still takes his turn in rotation. He says running the Meals on Wheels route has provided him with enjoyable opportunities to engage directly with the community, which is not a normal function of his job looking after the City government’s technology infrastructure. Joiner recalls one memorable day running the route with Public Services 4 - May 2022

Director Chris Hindman, when the pair discovered an elderly lady had fallen in her closed garage and had been lying there for more than 24 hours unable to stand. They alerted their public safety colleagues, and minutes later the lady was rescued. “It’s about more than delivering meals,” Joiner says. “It’s about looking after our senior citizens. It’s a good program.”


Employee Spotlight ‘What do you love about working for the City of Fayetteville?’ Pat King knows a thing or two about working for the City of Fayetteville. She has been here since 1989, making her the longest-serving employee on staff. She retired from full-time employment in 2009 but continued from then on a part-time basis. These days, Mrs. Pat, as she is known, works Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at the main City Hall reception desk. “I love interacting with people. I love the daily interaction with the public,” says Mrs. Pat. “I enjoy working with all of the employees of the City.” Mrs. Pat noted that she is the only person to have worked in all three of the most recent City Hall buildings.

Jessica Smith solves IT challenges Four and a half years ago, Jessica Smith joined the City of Fayetteville Information Technology team as an intern to help clear a project backlog that included digitizing documents and providing basic computer support. Nowadays, she is the City’s fulltime IT Operations Coordinator, and there really isn’t much she can’t handle alongside her colleagues IT Director Kelvin Joiner and IT Systems Specialist Brent Latham. When asked what kinds of projects she likes best, Jessica said, “I work on a variety of projects and day-to-day tasks across multiple departments. I don’t really have a preference, because each project I complete is never the same.” What does Jessica like about working for the City? “I enjoy the work environment and the ability to provide solutions to tasks that accomplish our work towards the City’s strategic objectives and goals.

City welcomes new CSRs Providing great customer service is a top priority for the City of Fayetteville, so we are pleased to have Shacara Mills and Kerry Manus join our staff in the role of customer service representatives. Both are Metro Atlanta natives with friendly personalities. Mills comes from the retail sector, and Manus previous worked for the state government. Pictured are (l-r) Mills, Utility Billing Manager Brenda Williams, Manus, and Deputy Finance Director Carleetha Talmadge.

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City gains valuable input from visioning charrette The City of Fayetteville Community and Economic Development Department hosted a three-day visioning charrette in late April to discuss and visualize development scenarios withinin Fayetteville’s downtown core. A consultant team, City personnel, community residents, and other stakeholders met for portions of three days to review ideas and create new ones. The City will host additional events in the coming months to continue working toward a revitalized downtown district that the whole community will enjoy. Notices will be published on the City’s website: www.Fayetteville-GA.gov.

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City discusses ‘big ideas’ during special workshop The City of Fayetteville Community & Economic Development Department hosted a “Big Ideas Meeting” on May 10 to creatively discuss matters pertaining to the City’s Comprehensive Plan. Hot topics

included land use, housing, transportation, and economic development. The event was held in the Fayetteville City Hall atrium, and it was well attended by community members and City personnel.

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The City will host additional events in the coming months to continue working toward a revitalized downtown district that the whole community will enjoy. Visit www.Fayetteville-GA.gov for future event notices.


CONSTRUCTION IN THE COMMUNITY Development updates from around Fayetteville Construction locations within the City 8

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1. The former Melear’s Barbecue restaurant is being repurposed as a new restaurant. 8 - May 2022

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2. The Dixon Farms neighborhood is being built adjacent to the Publix Shopping Center on Highway 85 South.

3. The Artistic Dentistry building is under construction at the Kathi Avenue/Church Street roundabout.

4. Construction continues on the Walton Communities multi-use development by City Center Park.

5. Lafayette Townhomes construction has begun on Lafayette Avenue near the Highway 54 intersection. 9 - May 2022


6. Pelican’s Snowballs completed construction on North Jeff Davis Drive across from Burger King.

7. A new portion of the Satterfield mixed-use development is underway along Highway 85 North by Hardee’s.

8. The former Ruby Tuesday’s across from Fayette Pavilion will soon become an Outback Steakhouse.

9. Marksmen Properties continues adding warehouse offices along North 85 Parkway near Fayette Pavilion. 10 - May 2022


10. Town at Trilith’s Capstone building (left) is nearing completion and already has several tenants.

11. Town at Trilith’s Central Park is also nearing completion and has already become a popular destination.

12. Additional streets of unique homes are continually underway at the Town at Trilith neighborhood.

13. Nodding to the land’s agricultural history, Trilith Studios is completing new shop space designed like barns. 11 - May 2022


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JOHN R. TATE, P.C. ATTORNEY AT LAW

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MEDIC EXAMS

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THE GROUNDS GUYS OF PEACHTREE CITY

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Pictured is Chef Eric Roberts just outside the Hog Pit BBQ pickup window.

Hog Pit thrives on downtown energy Hog Pit BBQ owner Eric Roberts had his day as a chef at top-tier Atlanta restaurants. Now he is “Chef Eric” on the Downtown Fayetteville scene, as he and his team perfect the downhome barbecue experience on the edge of City Center Park. Roberts is a Rome, Georgia native, and he says he grew up in a time and place that valued good barbecue. When he and his wife moved to

Decatur, they dove into fine dining, but eventually (and partly to save money) they gravitated back to restaurants featuring the timeless taste of smoked barbecue. When Roberts learned of the opportunity to open his own restaurant at Triumph Station adjacent to City Hall & City Center Park, he went for it whole-hog. Hog Pit BBQ opened in late 2021.

Roberts says his first couple of months were good, but he said the next couple were better than expected, and we haven’t even hit high season yet for the park. Roberts noted they are already in talks about expanding their business footprint within Trimph Station. “I think it’s going to be a good year,” he says.

SOCIAL CHATTER Following are some of the sentiments we enjoyed readng on Facebook about the April 23 Earth Day celebration in Downtown Fayetteville. “Thank you to whomever was responsible for planning and coordinating today’s Earth Day in Fayetteville.” “It was a great event.” “Awesome. My kids really enjoyed themselves.”

City staffers joined the fun as Southern Conservation Trust officially opened its Fayette Environmental Educational Center on April 29 in Downtown Fayetteville. 13 - May 2022


Screen on the Green: “Encanto” Friday, June 17 @ 8 p.m., City Center Park

Saturday, June 18, 2022 11 a.m. to Noon

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