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Conyers, Rockdale to consider SPLOST referendum at upcoming meetings
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CONYERS — The Conyers City Council and Rockdale County Board of Commissioners are poised to vote on referendums calling for a new Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax referendum that would collect a total of $89.1 million over six years.

The city is expected to vote on the referendum at its Dec. 15 meeting, while the county will consider the referendum at its Dec. 14 meeting. The referendum will be held in conjunction with the Georgia Primary Election on May 24, 2022. If approved by voters, the 1% sales tax will take effect in 2023, following the expiration of the SPLOST approved in May 2016.

Revenues collected will be divided between the city and county based on the most recent census population figures. The county will receive 81.51%, or $72.6 million of collections while the city will receive 18.49%, or $16.5 million. The city and county each reviewed their proposed expenditures at a called joint meeting Thursday at City Hall.

Each entity has allocated dollar amounts to several broad categories of spending, with roads, bridges, sidewalks and transportation recieving the largest share in both the city and county. The county proposes to spend $35.2 million on these projects while the city estimates expenditures of $7.9 million.

The next largest share in the county will go toward renovations at the courthouse, totaling. $19.6 million.

Neither the city nor county has developed a list of specific projects for the spending categories as needs and priorities can change over the life of SPLOST collections.

The complete project allocation lists for the city and county are as follows:


♦ Roads, bridges, sidewalks and transportation — $35,199,846

♦ Sheriff — $5,346,000

♦ Fire and E911 — $8,019,000

♦ Parks and Recreation — $4,455,000

♦ Courthouse — $19,602,000

TOTAL — $72,621,846


♦ Roads, bridges, sidewalks and transportation — $7,909,514

♦ Public Safety — $5,108,228

♦ Parks and greenspace — $1,812,597

♦ Equipment and vehicles — $1,647,815

TOTAL: $16,478,154

Conyers, Covington celebrate the season

The Conyers and Covington communities marched into the holiday season Saturday with parades featuring high school bands, floats, local celebrities, clubs, churches and more. For more photos of the parades, please visit the galleries at

Construction set to begin on 318-unit apartment complex off Fairview Road
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COVINGTON — Construction is expected to begin this month on a 318-unit apartment complex off Fairview Road in western Newton County.

Alliance Residential Company announced Tuesday that the company had closed on the purchase of 36.16 acres at 3655 Fairview Road for the development of Prose Fairview. Prose is Alliance’s new housing concept designed to create attainable entry-level homes within close proximity to high growth employment corridors.

The development is planned to include one- and two-bedroom apartment units with an average of 996 square feet. The residences will have stainless steel appliances, a work-from-home space, storage and kitchen islands. Amenities planned for the development include a pool, clubhouse, fitness center, co-working spaces, pet park and 24/7 concierge package.

“The city of Covington and Newton County are experiencing an economic development wave measuring in the billions of dollars,” said Alliance Residential Company Managing Director Noah Randall. “The growing employee base will require more quality rental housing with high-end finishes, and that’s what Prose Fairview will uniquely provide.”

Prose developments are targeted toward expanding job growth corridors and residents seeking the convenience of living close to employment centers.

“Prose Fairview will serve the robust base of logistics, film and health care jobs in Newton and Rockdale counties,” said Alliance Residential’s Andrew Butcher. “The community will provide a short 30-minute commute to downtown Atlanta and airport jobs compared to suburban options north of the city along I-75 and I-85.”

Prose Fairview is the second Prose residence project in the Southeast. Alliance acquired 75 acres in Jefferson in March where Prose Concord is under development. Prose Concord will have 300 one-and two-bedroom units, with apartments averaging 1,008 square feet.

Appeal denied for dangerous dogs in McGiboney Road area
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COVINGTON — Newton County’s Animal Control Board upheld dangerous dog designations for two pitbulls that have attacked and killed dozens of animals in the area of McGiboney and Salem roads.

Cheyenne Bexley, owner of the dogs, came before the board to appeal the dangerous dog designations that had been ordered by Newton County Animal Services for her dogs. Based on incident reports from Animal Services and testimony at the Monday hearing, the two male dogs killed at least one pet cat and a wild raccoon at a home on Russell Braden Road and a total of nine goats and 40 chickens at a home on Salem Road. The goats and chickens, which were in a fenced enclosure, were killed on two separate occasions. Three goats were killed in December 2020, and six goats and the chickens were killed on Oct. 7. A resident at the Russell Braden home said that the dogs came over a 4-foot tall fence to get access to his cat, and he chased them away with a pipe.

Newton County’s dangerous dog ordinance stipulates that a dangerous dog is one that inflicts a severe injury on a person without provocation; has chased a person or, without provocation, behaved in a manner that caused a person to reasonably believe that the dog posed an imminent threat of serious injury or death; or, while off the owner’s property, has seriously injured, killed, or more than once endangered the safety of a domestic animal.

The owner of a dangerous dog cannot keep the dog within 200 yards of certain public gathering places, must provide a secure enclosure for the dog that is approved by Animal Control, must post warning signs on the property, and must have the dog sterilized and microchipped. Bexley’s two dogs have not been neutered.

The law also states that more than one dangerous dog cannot be kept at the same residence. Bexley asked that, if the dangerous dog designation was not repealed, that she be allowed time to find a new home for one of the dogs. The dogs are currently being held by Newton County Animal Services.

Bexley said she had already been researching more secure enclosures for the dogs, including military grade crates, for her home on McGiboney Road. She said the dogs are able escape from the types of crates commonly available at stores. Bexley also said she had explored electric fencing and other options to keep the dogs from roaming but had not found a solution that she felt would be sufficient. She said she suspects someone in her home has intentionally let the dogs out of the house.

“I don’t want to put the blame on anyone else; I’m completely responsible,” she said.

The owner of the goats that were killed said Bexley’s lack of responsiblity is putting everyone else in the neighborhood at risk and that the dogs should be put down.

Bexley has received six citations for allowing the dogs to run at large since December 2020 and four for not having the dogs vaccinated against rabies. The running at large citations were expected to be heard in Newton Magistrate Court this week. Bexley told the hearing board that she mistakenly thought the dogs had been vaccinated for rabies in 2020 when they were picked up by Rockdale County Animal Care and Control.

Bexley can appeal the dangerous dog designations in Probate Court.