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Coweta County has a number of boards, authorities, and committees in place to provide recommendations or input on specific issues in Coweta County. These groups vary in size and purpose and are created by state law, local legislation, or County ordinance or resolution. County residents make up the membership of these boards, authorities, and committees.

The Board of Commissioners appoints one or more members to many of these groups. Membership terms vary depending on the particular board, authority, or committee. Commissioners usually make several appointments during the first business meeting of the year, but also make other appointments throughout the year to fill expired terms and/or vacancies as needed. Qualifications may be required in order to hold certain positions.

 


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Airport Authority

The Newnan-Coweta County Airport Authority was established by local legislation in 1965.  The Authority consists of five members appointed by the Board of Commissioners from each of their respective districts for terms of four years.  The Authority is tasked with overseeing the operations, projects, etc. at the Newnan-Coweta County Airport located at 115 Airport Road. The day-to-day operations at the Airport are managed by the Airport Manager and staff.

 

Board of Directors Department of Family and Children Services

The Family and Children Services Board was established in 1937 by Georgia law.  In 1963, the Coweta County Board of Commissioners appointed the first members of the Department of Family and Children Services Board.  Currently, this board consists of seven members serving for terms of five years with five members appointed by the Board of Commissioners from each of their respective districts and two appointed as members at-large.

 

Board of Elections and Registration

In 2017, the Coweta County Board of Elections and the Coweta County Board of Registrars were combined into the Coweta County Board of Elections and Registration by local legislation.  This board consists of five members appointed by the Board of Commissioners from each of their respective districts for terms of four years.  The Board of Elections and Registration has jurisdiction over the conduct of primaries and elections and the registration of electors in Coweta County.

 

Board of Health

The Board of Health was established in 1914 by Georgia law.  The Coweta County Board of Health consists of the following seven members: the CEO of the county’s governing authority or his/her designee; a licensed physician actively practicing in the county; a consumer or an advocate for consumers of health services; a consumer who represents the needy, underprivileged or elderly; the superintendent of schools or his/her designated employee of the school system; the CEO of the governing authority of the largest city in the county or another elected member of that authority; and a consumer or licensed nurse interested in promoting public health appointed by the governing authority of the largest city in the county.  Members serve for terms of six years with the exception of terms of the members vary based upon the appointing authority. 

 

Board of Tax Assessors

The Board of Assessors was established by Georgia law for each county.  The board oversees the operations of the Tax Assessors office, and reviews and approves values for the Tax Digest.  Coweta’s Board of Assessors consists of three members at-large appointed by the Board of Commissioners that serve for six year terms.

 

Board of Zoning Appeals

The Coweta County Board of Zoning Appeals was established by resolution of the Board of Commissioners in 1969.  BOZA is tasked with considering appeals and various variances to the strict application of the Zoning and Development Ordinance.  BOZA renders a decision on a case-by-case basis and makes a recommendation to the Board of Commissioners who make a final decision.  The BOZA consists of five members appointed by the Board of Commissioners from each of their respective districts for terms of three years.

 

Business License and Tax Rate Review and Appeals Board

The Business License and Tax Rate Review and Appeals Board was established by the Board of Commissioners in 1989.  This board consists of five members appointed by the Board of Commissioners from each of their respective districts and the terms run concurrently with that of the appointing Commissioner.  The board is tasked with annual review of all business tax rates, fees and categories of business subject to such.  The board also conducts any appeal hearings associated with denial, suspension or revocation of business licenses.

 

Convention and Visitors’ Bureau

The Coweta County Convention and Visitors’ Bureau was established by the Board of Commissioners in 1993.  The CVB consists of six members appointed by the Board of Commissioners from each of their respective districts (along with a County staff member) and the terms run concurrently with that of the appointing Commissioner.  The CVB is tasked with promoting tourism throughout Coweta County, and the Visitors’ Center is located in the Historic 1904 Courthouse.

 

Coweta County Development Authority and Development Authority of Coweta County

The Development Authority was established by local legislation in 1966.  The Coweta County Development Authority consists of five members appointed by the Board of Commissioners from each of their respective districts and the Development Authority of Coweta County consists of an additional two members at-large (also appointed by the Board of Commissioners).  The term of the members of the Coweta County Development Authority is five years and the term of the members of the Development Authority of Coweta County is six years.  Their task is to encourage and promote the expansion and development of industrial, agricultural, recreational and trade facilities in Coweta County insofar as much as possible to provide employment opportunities within the county.

 

Coweta County Hospital Authority

Hospital Authorities were established by Georgia law in 1941.  In 1956, the Board of Commissioners executed a resolution to establish a Hospital Authority in Coweta County.  The Hospital Authority consists of ten lifetime members.  The Authority is charged with the fiduciary responsibility of the corpus and associated incomes associated with the sale of Coweta General Hospital (1982).  The Hospital Authority is authorized by law to operate and maintain public health facilities for the benefit of the citizens.

 

Coweta County Library System Board of Trustees:

The Coweta County Library System Board of Trustees was re-established by resolution of the Board of Commissioners in 2006.  The board consists of seven members  serving for terms of three years with five members appointed by the Board of Commissioners from each of their respective districts and two appointed as members at-large.  The Library Board is tasked with the equitable disbursement of State and County funds allocated to the libraries within the Coweta County Library System.

 

Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority

The Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority was established by local legislation in 1979.  The purpose of the W&SA is to manage and maintain the water and sewerage system of Coweta County and they are empowered to do all things necessary to accomplish this purpose.  The W&SA consists of five members appointed the Board of Commissioners from each of their respective districts for terms of four years.

 

Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities

DBHDD Regional Advisory Councils were established by Georgia law.  Coweta county is a member of the Region VI Advisory Council which represents 31 counties.  Members are appointed by their County Commissioners; they are business and civic leaders with a strong interest in mental health, developmental disabilities and addictive diseases.  The role of the Advisory Council is to promote public awareness of mental health, developmental disabilities, and addictive diseases/disorders and to help the public better understand consumers and their needs and services.  Council members stay informed about local needs and issues, and serve as advocates with public officials.  The main objective of the council is to assist the department in fulfilling its vision of “easy access to high-quality care that leads to a life of recovery and independence for the people we serve.”  Coweta has three members at-large on the Advisory Council that serve for terms of three years.

 

Joint Transportation Coordinating Committee

The Joint Transportation Coordinating Committee was established by the Board of Commissioners in 2017.  The JTCC consists of nine elected officials from Coweta County and its municipalities and two citizens.  Members serve for terms of two years.  The purpose of the JTCC is to bring a common focus to the transportation system throughout the county and to assist in speaking with a more impactful local voice as these projects are addressed at the state level.

 

Pathways Center Community Service Board

The Pathways Community Service Board (dba Pathways Center for Behavioral and Developmental Growth) is a statutory community service board created and existing under Georgia law.  Pathways Center provides mental health, developmental disabilities, and addictive disease services in the west central Georgia region to include the following counties – Butts, Carroll, Coweta, Heard, Lamar, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding, Troup, and Upson.  The Community Service Board promotes public awareness of mental health, developmental disabilities, and addictive diseases/disorders and to help the public better understand consumers and their needs and services.  Board members stay informed about local needs and issues, and serve as advocates with public officials.  Coweta has two members at-large on the Community Service Board that serve for three year terms.

 

Region 4 EMS Council

The Region 4 EMS Council is a professional services council made up of representatives from a 12 county district (Butts, Carroll, Coweta, Fayette, Heard, Henry, Lamar, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding, Troup, and Upson).  It manages the EMS zoning system and regional communications plan.  Coweta has four members at-large on the Council that serve for terms of two years.

 

Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly Authority of Coweta County

Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly Authorities were created for each county and municipal corporation by State law.  The Board of Commissioners established the Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly Authority of Coweta County by resolution in 1996.  The role of the Authority is to consider requests from non-profit housing organizations to utilize tax-exempt revenue bonds to finance housing projects.  Coweta’s Authority consists of seven members serving for terms of six years with five members appointed by the Board of Commissioners from each of their respective districts and two appointed as members at-large. 

 

Three Rivers Regional Commission

Three Rivers Regional Commission is a regional planning organization created and managed under Georgia law by its member local governments. As a quasi-governmental agency, TRRC essentially develops, promotes, and provides comprehensive planning and development services and technical assistance that seek to make the local communities in its region better places to live and work.  The TRRC consists of 10 counties (Butts, Carroll, Coweta, Heard, Lamar, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding, Troup and Upson).  Coweta has two members on the TRRC; one of the current Commissioners (serves for the term of the current Chairman) and a non-public representative (appointed annually).

 

Western Area Regional Radio System

The Western Area Regional Radio System was established by local legislation in 2010.  WARRS consists of 4 counties (Coweta, Carroll, City of Douglasville and Haralson County).   WARRS is tasked with establishing and promoting interoperable public safety communications within the region.  Coweta has two members on the WARRS board that serve for terms for four years.