Fayette Medical Center (FMC) recently updated and renovated its community walking trail, located near the FMC Long-Term Care facility. The trail was originally built in the 1980s thanks to a $10,000 donation from the Georgia Pacific Foundation. The renovation was made possible through a $60,000 grant from OptumRX, and included widening the track and sidewalks, repairing the fence, and renovating the pavilion at the track.
The Fayette County Board of Education passed its budget for fiscal year 2021 during its Sept. 15 meeting. Board President Tom Hubbert was absent from the meeting, with Superintendent Jim Burkhalter and all other board members in attendance. Board Vice-President Sam Sullivan presided over the meeting in the absence of Hubbert. Prior to the meeting, a budget hearing was held. This was the second hearing for the proposed budget that was held by the board, with a previous hearing held at Berry High School on Sept. 10.
The Fayette County Commission discussed position vacancies and other items at its Sept. 14 meeting, as they continue to work toward adopting the fiscal year 2021 budget later this month. All commissioners were present for the meeting. Commissioner Barry Corkren said that he asked that position vacancies be placed on the agenda for discussion.
The Fayette County Courthouse dome was repainted last week during a project that is a portion of the courthouse refurbishing project. The project will include a complete new roof and the repainting of all exterior wood surfaces. The cost of the project is approximately $170,000, and will be paid out of the Courthouse Restoration Fund. No tax money will be used for the project.
After starting school on Aug. 20, the Fayette County School System is starting to experience some of the attendance problems that were expected due to attending school during a pandemic.
On Monday, Sept. 14, the Fayette County Board of Education reported that, since the beginning of the school year, 180 total individuals had been quarantined throughout the school system.
Fayette County High School had local musician Roger Wallace play “Taps” before the Fayette - Curry football game on Sept. 11 to honor the memory of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on American soil. The Fayette Fire Department also flew a huge American flag all day on Sept. 11, hoisted by a ladder on one of its trucks, to commemorate the event.
The Fayette City Council discussed the new designated dumping site for wastewater during its Sept. 8 city council meeting. All council members were present for the meeting. The council recently changed the sites allowed for wastewater dumping to a central site located in the northern portion of the city. According to John Dill, manager of the wastewater department, the site was chosen to reduce the harmful impact on the city’s wastewater pumps to a minimal amount.
The Fayette Police Department recently received a check in the amount of $1,500 in the form of a grant from the 24th Judicial Circuit’s District Attorney’s office. The grant is designated to be used by the department for equipment purchases and training. Jenkins said that he appreciates the district attorney’s office recognizing the hard work his officers perform and aiding the department with the grant. “I’m very grateful for the grant,” Jenkins said. “Anytime you get financial assistance, especially for training and equipment, its always beneficial.”