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Macon-Bibb nationally ranked for customer service in March

In March, Macon-Bibb was ranked second in the country for total issues resolved for cities with 150,000 or more people. More than 2,100 issues were resolved, and the only city to have more was Detroit, MI.

This is very impressive considering Detroit has more than four times Macon-Bibb’s population but only closed abut 600 more issues. With its much larger population, Detroit only closed one issue for every 167 people, while Macon-Bibb closed one issue for every 45 residents.

To read the full blog and see the other cities ranked, click here.

Since these monthly rankings began in July 2015, Macon-Bibb has been in the Top 10 all but one month. For all of 2015, we ranked #8 with more than 14,000 issues resolved.

Honoring the Women of Macon-Bibb County government

March 2016 in Macon-Bibb County was Women’s History Month, and at the March 1 Commission Meeting, Mayor Robert Reichert and Commissioners invited all the women in attendance forward to be recognized for their contributions to the community. The next week, the Commission recognized International Women’s Day.

“The Macon-Bibb County government is filled with women who just want to help their county be the best it can be. And they all believe that starts from the inside out,” says Rachel Gambill, Communications Specialist in the Office of Public Affairs. “The work we put in on a day-to-day basis radiates outward into our communities, and that’s something we each have in common.”

Former school in East Macon becoming affordable senior housing

For the first time in more than 30 years, a new place for low-income seniors to live is coming to East Macon-Bibb. The Hunt School Village is under construction now, and it will be a 60-unit affordable rental housing development for persons 62 and older.

The $11.8-million-dollar development is possible thanks to partnership between Macon-Bibb County, In-Fill Housing, Inc., the Macon-Bibb County Housing Authority, and Stafford Builders and Consultants. 

District 3 Commissioner Elaine Lucas sees a lot of potential for the entire community because of this development. “This is an example of something wonderful that’s happening where we have this eyesore,” she says.

To read more about the East Macon-Bibb development
and watch a MaconBibbTV feature on this partnership, click here.

Macon-Bibb County celebrates first female fire chief

Chief Brenda Thomas has a passion for prevention. She’s the county’s first female to earn the rank of Chief, and as the Fire Prevention Director, she is excited to educate the community. 

“When I got here there were two other young ladies here…that was a little hope for me,” says Thomas. “Because those two ladies were here, they let me know that this may be okay for the young ladies of Macon-Bibb County that want to become, or are thinking of becoming, a firefighter.”

To read more about Chief Thomas 
and to watch a MaconBibbTV feature about her accomplishments, click here.

Additional SPLOST funds allocated to new Filmore Thomas Park

Macon-Bibb commissioners voted at its March 15 meeting to move $60,000 in SPLOST funds from Recreation Land Acquisition to Filmore Thomas Park. The Park, which is currently under construction on Log Cabin Drive, is one residents have looked forward to for more than three decades.

Click here to watch a MaconBibbTV feature on the groundbreaking ceremony on the site.

Blight money being used for A.L. Miller High School neighborhood

Macon-Bibb commissioners – at its meeting on March 15 – voted to use $400,000 in blight funds for the A.L. Miller High School Neighborhood Revitalization and Blight Redevelopment Project. The money comes out of District 6’s blight funds, and will be used on infrastructure and neighborhood projects within a half-mile radius around the former school on Montpelier Avenue.

Projects will include better sidewalks, addition of streetlights, demolition of blighted properties, and repurposing of other buildings not currently in use. Macon-Bibb is working with the Fuller Center for Housing for this undertaking. To learn more about the Fuller Center, click here

To read the full resolution and details, click here.

Blight money to be used to repurpose empty school, remove blight from neighborhood

Commissioners approved at its March 15 meeting to use $350,000 in blight funds from District 4 to fund the Alexander IV Elementary School Neighborhood Revitalization and Blight Redevelopment Project. The Historic Macon Foundation is purchasing the Alexander IV building on Ridge Avenue from the Bibb County School District, and to develop it into a senior living residence. 

To read the full resolution, click here.