City Manager’s Bi-Weekly Report 240 South Glynn Street • Fayetteville, Georgia 30214 770-461-6029 • fayetteville-ga.gov
July 9, 2018
Police or Fire Emergency 911 Police Non-Emergency 770-461-4441 Fire Non-Emergency 770-461-4548 City Hall 770-461-6029 City Manager 770-719-4144 Water & Sewer 770-460-4237 Water & Sewer After-Hours 770-997-5189 Public Works 770-460-4230 Main Street Fayetteville 770-719-4173 Code Enforcement 770-719-4150 City Court 770-719-4277 Building Permits 770-719-4062 Burn Permits 770-719-4051 Job Line 770-719-4182 Public Information Officer 770-719-4147
TOP PHOTO: The Fayetteville Police Department recently completed another successful, one-week Junior Police Academy, where 11 middle school-aged students learned a lot about crime prevention, police procedures, self defense, gun safety and more. These students were also instructed on the Bill of Rights, the legal process and police use of force. BOTTOM PHOTO: These are graduates from a previous Citizens Police Academy, which the Fayetteville Police Department hosts for grownups in the community. The next Citizens Police Academy is scheduled for Wednesday evenings, 6-8:30, from Aug. 8 to Oct. 10. Applications are available at the Fayetteville Police Department headquarters on Jimmie Mayfield Boulevard and are due back by July 31. Visit the Fayetteville Police Department Facebook page @FayettevilleGAPD for the latest information.
Grace Scarborough retires after 20 years
Ed Johnson Mayor Pro-Tem Council Member
Paul Oddo Council Members
City of Fayetteville Finance Department employee Grace Scarborough retired in late June after 30 years with the City. Scarborough was one of the City longestserving employees. A reception was held at City Hall to thank her for her faithful service. Mayor Ed Johnson and City Manager Ray Gibson presented Scarborough with a commemorative plaque.
Fayetteville shall be a city of innovation and opportunity that fosters a vibrant and welcoming community for all.
To provide efficient and effective municipal services to the community through a culture of transparent leadership, excellence and teamwork. Kathaleen Brewer
The City employees, the City Council and all of our City-related boards will always function in a way that reflects well on the City and is in alignment with our vision and mission. The Core Values we will use to make decisions and guide our behavior are to: Be responsive; Act as one team; Act with integrity; be fully accountable.
Fayetteville City Council: 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 6 p.m. Fayetteville Planning & Zoning Commission: 4th Tuesdays, 6 p.m. Downtown Development Authority: 3rd Wednesdays, 8 a.m. Main Street Tourism Association: 3rd Tuesdays, 8 a.m. City Council and P&Z meetings are held at Fayetteville City Hall. DDA and MSTA meetings are held on the 3rd Floor of the Old Fayette County Courthouse.
Bi-Weekly Report - July 9, 2018
Councilwoman Brewer recognized for training from UGA, GMA
Fayetteville Councilwoman Kathaleen Brewer received the Certificate of Achievement from the Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute during the Georgia Municipal Association’s (GMA) Annual Convention in Savannah on Sunday, June 24. The Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute, a cooperative effort of GMA and the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, provides a nationally recognized series of training opportunities for city officials. To receive a Certificate of Achievement, a city official must complete a minimum of 72 units of credit, including at least 36 hours from a list of required classes. The training program consists of a series of more than 60 courses. “This is an outstanding achievement,” said GMA Executive Director Larry Hanson. “We commend Councilmember Brewer for this accomplishment and for the dedication she’s shown in using this valuable resource to become a more effective city official.”
Councilwoman Kathaleen Brewer
Who do you call for help from the City? The City of Fayetteville government exists to serve the people of the community. When constituents know who to contact first in a time of need or to share a concern, everyone benefits. “We have seen a rising trend of people using social media posts to alert the City of situations requiring attention,” said City Manager Ray Gibson. “We appreciate the importance of communicating through social media, but telephone calls and even e-mails are still quicker and more effective ways of reaching the City department that can help you. “When constituents are witnessing or experiencing an emergency situation, they should immediately dial 9-1-1,” Gibson added. “However, non-emergency situations are important, too, and we want people to get the help they need as quickly and efficiently as possible. That’s why we list the phone numbers of the major, public-facing departments on the front page of every Bi-Weekly Report, and we display these numbers prominently on our website and social Police or Fire Emergency 911 Police Non-Emergency 770-461-4441 Fire Non-Emergency 770-461-4548
City Hall 770-461-6029 City Manager 770-719-4144 Water & Sewer 770-460-4237
media pages.” Constituents not knowing what City department to contact first can call City Hall at 770-461-6029, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Outside of office hours (8-5, Monday-Friday, except for certain holidays), constituents may leave a message. The Water & Sewer Department can be reached outside of office hours at 770-997-5189. Another handy non-emergency number is 770461-HELP (4357), which reaches the Fayette County 911 Communications Center on a non-emergency telephone line. “Your elected officials enjoy hearing from constituents, and our e-mail addresses and personal telephone numbers are listed on the City website,” said Mayor Ed Johnson. “However, we are not fulltime City employees, and some council members hold other full-time jobs, so if a constituent needs immediate assistance, they may want to call City departments directly.”
Water & Sewer After-Hours 770-997-5189
Code Enforcement 770-719-4150
Public Works 770-460-4230
City Court 770-719-4277
Main Street Fayetteville 770-719-4173
Building Permits 770-719-4062
Burn Permits 770-719-4051 Job Line 770-719-4182 Public Information Officer 770-719-4147
Bi-Weekly Report - July 9, 2018
Stilt walkers from Imperial Opa Circus added to the fun at the recent Heartis Senior Living ribbon cutting in Fayetteville.
After the passing of Fayetteville Municipal Judge Michael Martin, Rhonda Kreuziger was sworn in by Fayette County When Fayetteville’s firefighters aren’t running emergency State Court Judge Jason Thompson to serve as the City’s calls, they are often maintaining and cleaning emergency interim judge. apparatus. Bi-Weekly Report - July 9, 2018
The DDA: a force for economic development The role of Fayetteville’s Downtown Development Authority may not be widely understood by the average community member, if they’ve ever heard of the DDA at all, but the impact this organization has had on the city has been great, and its potential impact moving into Fayetteville’s future is even greater. The Fayetteville DDA is led by a seven-member board of volunteers that works closely with the City’s Main Street Fayetteville and Downtown Development departments. The board members are appointed by the Fayetteville City Council, each for four-year term. They typically meet on the third Wednesday of each month at 8 a.m. on the Third Floor of the Old Fayette County Courthouse. The mission of the Fayetteville DDA is to revitalize, enhance and stimulate economic development in the City of Fayetteville, with an emphasis on maintaining the historical integrity and charm in the downtown district. Strolling into Historic Downtown Fayetteville, guests won’t see a sign hanging anywhere that says “Fayetteville Downtown Development Authority”. However, if they’ve seen the Holliday Dorsey Fife Museum, the Hollingsworth House, Gremlin Growlers, or Twisted Taco, they seen the work of DDA. If they’ve taken part in a Taste of Living History or Cemetery Tours event, they’ve experienced the DDA’s hospitality. When the historic Hollingsworth House was set for demolition to make room for construction next to Fayetteville First Baptist Church, the Fayetteville DDA took ownership of the house and moved it a few blocks west on Stonewall Avenue and refurbished it where it now sits between the Fayette County Administrative Complex and the former Fayette County Board of Education property. The house was sold to private investors in 2008. Also in 2008, The Fayetteville DDA purchased and renovated the building that has since been occupied and purchased by Twisted Taco. Earlier than that, the Fayetteville DDA purchased the Holliday-Dorsey-Fife house and converted it to a historical museum that is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday. The Fayetteville DDA purchased and renovated
The Fayetteville Downtown Development Authority has helped preserve several iconic, historical properties around the Courthouse Square.
the Courthouse Square building now occupied by Gremlin Growlers. It later commissioned a mural to be painted on that building’s north-facing wall. Powers granted by the State of Georgia to development authorities include helping elected governments issue bond funding for capital purchases and improvements. Examples in Fayetteville include the downtown streetscape project and the purchase of the Villages Amphitheater, now known as Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Amphitheater. Development authorities may also help qualified local businesses secure low-interest loans. The Fayetteville DDA worked with OZ Pizza in this way to help with renovations to their building prior to their 2016 opening on the Courthouse Square. “The Fayetteville DDA’s impact on the downtown area has been immense,” said Downtown Development Director Brian Wismer. “As the City moves forward with this current downtown revitalization initiative, we’ll see the DDA take a key role in attracting the right businesses to complement those efforts.” Wismer noted the Fayetteville DDA recently purchased another historic home and adjacent vacant lot along Stonewall Avenue that will be used to further the City’s Downtown Redevelopment Plan. “We look forward to posting our progress each step of the way on the City’s website and social media pages,” Wismer said.
Trace Adkins’ tour bus fleet backstage at Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Amphitheater Page 5
Bi-Weekly Report - July 9, 2018
Bi-Weekly Report - July 9, 2018
Public input sought July 12 and 16 during Fayette Transportation Plan Open House One final round of public input open house events for the Fayette Transportation Plan is coming up July 12 and 16 in Pechtree City and Fayetteville, respectively. The July 12 event will take place 5:30-7 p.m. in the Peachtree City Council Chambers at 151 Willowbend Drive, Peachtree City, 30269. The July 16 event will take place 5:30-7 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room at the Fayette County Public
Library, 1821 Heritage Park Way, Fayetteville, 30214. “The Fayette Transportation Plan will have a big impact on the City of Fayetteville’s future, so it is important for city residents to learn more about it and have their opinions considered” said City Manager Ray Gibson. Learn more about the Fayette Transportation Plan at fayettecountyga.gov/transportation-planning or by calling 404-824-7607.
Hwy. 54 repaving to conclude by Aug. 31
This section of Hwy. 54 on Downtown Fayetteville’s west side received deeper milling than normal to correct foundational issues discovered when core samples were taken, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation’s Third District office.
A major resurfacing project involving Hwy. 54 from the Coweta County line on the west side of Fayette County to Tara Boulevard in Clayton County to the east is still on track to be completed by Aug. 31, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation’s Third District office. As much as weather would allow over the July 6 weekend, state-contracted crews were milling between 6.5 and 14 inches of old roadway in Downtown Fayetteville and replacing it with base and binder material, leaving about 1.5 inches of room on top for the final asphalt layer to be poured toward the end of the project. GDOT officials say early core samples taken from portions of the highway in the downtown area showed a poor foundation that needed to be replaced, thus the deeper milling. They said the normal procedure is to mill down about 6.5 inches, then pour a three-inch base and a two-inch binder material, which looks a lot like a finished roadway. When all Page 7
of the base and binder is down acrosst the entire project, final repaving begins. Normally, roadwork on this project takes place at nights, concluding before the morning rush hour. Lately, work has also taken place in limited areas in the daytime on Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting, which has caused traffic concerns, even though crews leave one lane open in each direction. The City of Fayetteville has received numerous phone calls and other communications to complain about traffic signal timings along Hwy. 54. When the milling work began on the roadway, crews had to disconnect the electronic loop systems that allow highway lights to stay green until side-street traffic triggers the traffic signal. When the repaving project is completed, those loop timing systems will be replaced. In the meantime, GDOT crews have adjusted automatic signal timings to help move traffic along more swiftly. Bi-Weekly Report - July 9, 2018
June 23 - July 8, 2018
Total Water Department Work Orders: 68
Water meter maintenance
Lift station preventative maintenance
Building Department Fence
June 22 - July 6, 2018 Total Inspections: 148
Total permits: 68
Land Disturbance: 3 Foundation only: 7
Plumbing Impact Fee
Utility Restoration: 1
Code Enforcement Parking on grass
Land/Building prohibited use
Yard trimmings disposal
June 22 - July 6 , 2018 Total Inspections: 160 Initial Inspections: 67
Code Enforcement Cases: 121
1st Re-inspections: 77 2nd Re-inspections: 16 Verbal Warnings: 3
Written Warnings: 54
Violation Notices: 8
Disposal of garbage
Stop Work Orders: 2
Working without permit Grass cutting Bi-Weekly Report - July 9, 2018
10 134 Page 8
Eliminate FOGs and keep sewer lines clear Fats, oils, and grease, also known as “FOGs”, are a major problem in municipal sewer systems, and the City of Fayetteville is calling on residents, restaurants, and everyone else to learn more about FOGs and how to not send them down the drain. “FOGs are the number-one cause of sewer backups in Fayetteville,” said Public Services Director Chris Hindman. “We hope people will take steps to dispose of FOGs properly to help us decrease the environmental risks and to help decrease the financial burden sewer backups place on the City’s budget.” This FOGs problem is not unique to Fayetteville. According to the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District, FOGs are “the number-one cause of sewer system blockages in the Metro Atlanta area”. So how do FOGs get into the sewer system? They enter when sewer customers pour fats, oils and grease down any drain that leads to the sewer system, including kitchen and bathroom sinks, shower drains, and even toilets. Over time, FOGs build up, and they can completely block a sewer pipe, which means sewage can get backed up and potentially spill into streams and creeks, and it can back up into homes and businesses as well.
“The City spends about $43,000 a year just to treat our sewer system lift stations for FOGs build-up,” Hindman said, explaining that the Water and Sewer Department tries to be proactive in detecting and remedying increasing levels of FOGs in the sewer system. “The costs rise when we have to send a team out to unclog a complete blockage and mitigate any spills that may have occurred. “Residents also need to consider that any backups that occur on their property will be a personal financial burden to them,” Hindman said. “Disposing of FOGs properly benefits everyone.” How can sewer system customers help eliminate the FOGs problem? Here are a few tips: • Pour and scrape fats, oils, and grease off cooking equipment and into a sealable canister than can be thrown away in the trash can. • Dry-wipe cooking equipment with paper towels before washing. • Use a sink strainer to keep food particles out of the drain. Residents who witness illicit discharge of FOGs or other matter directly into the Fayetteville sewer system are asked to call Code Enforcement at 770-719-4150.
Please keep your water meter clear and accessible City of Fayetteville personnel must have access to water meters to properly maintain water and sewer services, and also to ensure accurate monthly billing. Please remember it is the property owner’s responsibility to ensure that the water meter is kept visible and accessible at all times to allow easy and safe access to staff by keeping grass Page 9
trimmed to the edge of the meter box, and cutting back trees, branches and other vegitation. A cleared area also ensures the lid fits properly and that water can quickly be turned off in case of an emergency. We would like to avoid any necessary trimming or accidental damage to your property by City of Fayetteville personnel.
This water meter cover above (on the right) is obscured by overgrown vegetation that should be cut back. Bi-Weekly Report - July 9, 2018
Activity for June 21 - July 4, 2018
Projects: • Construction walk-through at Heartis Senior Living for all shifts • Chief Jones attended 911 Committee meeting for new radio system • Fire Marshal Bill Rieck and Captain Ben Henning attended the 2018 Fire Safety Symposium held at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center • Operations section provided assistance for two flag pole repairs: Crumpton’s Furniture and Fayetteville Masonic Lodge
TOTAL EMERGENCY INCIDENTS: 121 Medical alarm
Carbon monoxide incident
Good intent/No incident found
Investigate odor of smoke
1 FIRE PREVENTION ACTIVITIES: 10 Pre-construction meeting Pinewood Forest meeting Fire safety events Fire Marshal inspections
Power lines down
Gas leak Assist resident Fire/smoke alarm activations Motor vehicle accident Dispatched and cancelled EMS calls
3 6 9 10 15 63
Firefighters respond to kitchen fire call On June 25, fire units responded to 135 North Hampton to investigate a reported kitchen fire. Personnel arrived and advanced a 1-3/4” hose line into the kitchen to contain the fire found in the kitchen area. Crews checked for fire extension in the attic area and ventilated the structure. No residents or responders were injured; the cause of the fire was determined accidental. Fayette County units responded to assist through automatic aid. Bi-Weekly Report - July 9, 2018
Fayetteville Public Safety departments collecting school supplies through July 20 Now through July 20, the Fayetteville Police Department and the Fayetteville Fire Department will be collecting school supplies for local public school students in need. Drop-off boxes are located at the Fayetteville Police Department Headquarters on Jimmie Mayfield Boulevard, Fayetteville City Hall on South Glynn Street (Hwy. 85), Fire Station #91 on Johnson Avenue, and Fire Station #92 on Pavilion Parkway. Visit the Police Departmentâ€™s Facebook page @FayettevilleGAPD for more information. This School Supply Drive box in the Fayetteville City Hall lobby is one of four located around town to collect donations.
Expired and unwanted medications are very welcome in the Medication Dispoal box located in the lobby at the Fayetteville Police Department headquarters on Jimmie Mayfield Boulevard. Call 770-461-4441 with any questions. Page 11
Bi-Weekly Report - July 9, 2018
Thursday, July 12 Fayette Transportation Plan Open House, 5:30-7 p.m., Peachtree City Council Chambers, 151 Willowbend Road, Peachtree City. www.fayettecountyga.gov/transportation-planning Saturday, July 14 The Robert Cray Band at Zac Brownâ€™s Southern Ground Amphitheater. Box office opens at 6, gates open at 7, opening act starts at 8, The Robert Cray Band performs at 9. SouthernGroundAmp.com Monday, July 16 Fayette Transportation Plan Open House, 5:30-7 p.m., Fayette County Public Library, 1821 Heritage Park Way, Fayetteville 30214. www.fayettecountyga.gov/transportation-planning Wednesday, July 18 Coffee with a Cop, sponsored by the Fayetteville Police Department, 9:30-11 a.m. at Heartis Fayetteville, 936 West Lanier Avenue 30215 Saturday, July 28 Main Street Market sponsored by Main Street Fayetteville, 10-3 on the Old Fayette County Courthouse lawn Saturday, August 4 Lee Ann Womack at Zac Brownâ€™s Southern Ground Amphitheater. Box office opens at 6, gates open at 7, opening act starts at 8, Lee Ann Womack performs at 9. SouthernGroundAmp.com
Find more events: fayetteville-ga.gov facebook.com/fayettevillega.gov
Bi-Weekly Report - July 9, 2018