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Mayor Asks Council to Extend Deadline for Service Delivery Decision

Mayor Robert Reichert asked City Council's Ordinances and Resolutions Committee to extend the deadline for service delivery strategy negotiations Monday.

The service delivery strategy gives Macon and Bibb County guidelines for which entity provides what services, and who has to pay for them.

The state's existing deadline for a decision is October 31, but Reichert says that's no longer feasible and he wants council to vote to delay any decisions until February 2011.

He says the reason for the delay is that the city still hasn't gotten the results from a tax-equity study being done by University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute into the fairness of the current tax structure.

Reichert says with all the work still ahead of them, extending the deadline is the safest thing to do to avoid becoming non-compliant with the state.

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Students Honored at Howard PTO Meeting

The PTO at one Bibb County middle school is working to get the entire family involved in education. They also honored a 13WMAZ Junior Journalist.

At Tuesday night's meeting, the Howard Middle School PTO held a "finger
food frenzy" so teachers and students could eat snacks and play games
while they got to know each other. 

Megan Barker and 13WMAZ Junior Journalist Malik Lyder were honored
for their acceptance as scholars in the Junior National Young Leaders Conference.

They also received $50 in spending money for the trip to Washington, DC.

"I was excited," said Megan.  "But I kind of knew it was coming, but I was like really excited.

"I was sort of surprised by it," said Malik. When asked if he knew it was coming, he laughed and replied, "I did."

 

 

 

 

Council Committee Postpones Vote On Healthcare Bid

Macon City Council's Employee Development and Compensation Committee delayed a vote on the first step towards putting the city's healthcare service provider contract up for bid. 

Committee Chairman Charles Jones says before the city can accept bids for a new healthcare provider contract, they want to hire a company to help write the bid proposal and then determine which bid is the most competitive.

He says the mayor's office suggested a Gainesville, Georgia-based company called Benefit Advocate Inc.

But the committee voted to postpone the decision on whether to hire them because the proposed contract with Benefit Advocate hadn't been put up for bid.

Jones says that meant any local companies capable of the job could have been excluded.

North Bibb Closer to New Fire Station

 

People in North Macon are one step closer to having more fire protection in the neighborhood.

 

Bibb County Commissioner voted to approve purchasing land for station 109, pending an environmental study.

 

Commission chairman Sam Hart said it was too early to say where the site is location or how much the county could pay for the land.

Hart said the location is about five acres.  Two of those acres are useable for the new station, the rest is green space.

 

Macon-Bibb Assistant Fire Chief Cliff Rushin says they looked at two to three sites that would have worked, but says they're pleased with the selection.

 

"That area is certainly building up," said Rushin. "I'm looking forward to getting something built out there."

 

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Jury Finds Former Medical Center Nurse Not Guilty of Sexually Assaulting Patient

A jury found a former Medical Center of Central Georgia nurse not guilty of sexually assaulting a patient.

That's according to Bibb County Assistant District Attorney Pam White-Colbert. 

She says James Purvis was accused of touching the breast area of a patient, as well as rubbing her shoulders and trying to kiss her in March 2009.

She says Purvis was no longer employed by the Medical Center following the incident.

Neighbors Ask to Fly Planes from Tobesofkee

Head out to Lake Tobesofkee and you can expect to see ducks, boats and jet-skis cruising across the water, but if some neighbors have their way, you might add airplanes to that list.

Quinton Cotton loves to take his boat out for a spin on the lake, but for a pilot, gearing up a float plane would make it even better.

"It's just part of our make-up. It's part of our life, so why not bring the water and the airplanes together here," he said.

In a written proposal to the county, Cotton says pilots would land only in a set area, not including the heavily populated parks at the lake. He says they would restrict hours and not land or take off on weekends and holidays.

Cotton says he has close to 50 signatures on a petition to allow floatplanes at Tobesofkee.

Tobesofkee Director Doug Furney says he's looking into the proposal, like accidents involving the planes. He says he has not found any in Georgia so far.

Bibb Schools Read for the Record

Kindergarten and Pre-K students at Sonny Carter Elementary covered the gym floor to set a record for reading.

Ingrid Evans Brown, the school's family engagement coordinator says kindergarten classes across with nation will read the same book at the same time Thursday to set the record. 

 

13WMAZ's Frank Malloy helped them by reading "The Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats.

A crowd of more than 100 students cheered and read along with Frank.

Brown says while they hope to help break the reading record, they also want to get children excited about reading.

"Reading kind of sets the fundamentals for babies. Readers make leaders, and we want them to excel so we really push them to read," she said.