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New leaders in the Fire Department after promotion gauntlet

The face of the Macon-Bibb Fire Department is changing. Since many people have retired in the past two years and during the Early Retirement Incentive Program, the way opened up for a new set of leaders to step up. And more than 130 did!

In February, the Fire Department named its first ever female chief, as well as six new Battalion Chiefs, 26 new Fire Captains, 33 new Lieutenants, and 67 new Sergeants. Each moving up is ready to fill the shoes of those who came before them, and continue the work of protecting Macon-Bibb County. 

“They’re well trained, the organization is strong, so I’m excited about it,” says Chief Marvin Riggins. “We have a brand new Macon-Bibb community, so here we are starting anew with the Macon-Bibb Fire Department.”

Click here to see a video about the department’s hard work,
and learn about the extra skills many of them bring to Macon-Bibb.

White House initiative expands access to internet

Several organizations are working together as part of the White House’s ConnectHome initiative to make sure children living in public housing have the tools they need to succeed, including fast internet and a working device, whether it’s a laptop or tablet. Macon-Bibb is one of only 28 communities nationwide that that were selected to participate, and partners came together in February to learn how the program was going and how they can be more involved.

Click here to watch a MaconBibbTV feature on the meeting.

For more about the initiative and how you can sign up, click here.

 

 

Macon-Bibb celebrates Arbor Day by planting 1,000th tree in four years

Macon-Bibb County now celebrating 3 decades as an official “Tree City USA” community. The distinction is awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation to communities who are dedicated to taking care of the trees they have, and planting more.

For the 2016 Arbor Day observance, Macon-Bibb celebrated a milestone: the thousandth tree planted as part of a four-year plan. The ‘Tree Team’ for the county – including our Forester, Randell Hunt – installed the Dedour Cedar at Little Richard Penniman Park. It’s a hardwood tree, expected to last up to 200 years.

Click here for a MaconBibbTV feature on this year’s observance
held at Little Richard Penniman Park.

 

 

Student leaders visit water treatment plant at Javors Lucas Lake

On March 8, a group of Macon-Bibb student leaders from the Georgia Civic Awareness Program for Students (GCAPS) rode out to Javors Lucas Lake to learn about the county’s 5.8 billion gallon water supply, and how it gets from the tanks to their taps. 

McCoy told the group, “We get the water from the Ocmulgee River, and if we’re not able to get water for over 5 months, we still have a water supply here in Macon, unlike some water systems in Georgia which have a 3-day supply,” Gary McCoy, Water Operations Director with the Macon Water Authority, told the group.   

To read more about and see pictures from the trip, click here.

 

MaconBibbTV features efforts to expand access to internet

Several organizations are working together as part of the White House’s ConnectHome initiative to make sure children living in public housing have the tools they need to succeed, including fast internet and a working device, whether it’s a laptop or tablet. Macon-Bibb is one of only 28 communities nationwide that that were selected to participate, and partners came together in February to learn how the program was going and how they can be more involved.

Click here to watch a MaconBibbTV feature on the meeting.

For more about the initiative and how you can sign up, click here.

ACCG to help with Macon-Bibb’s next SPLOST project list

The process for the next SPLOST has begun. Commissioners agreed to select the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) to facilitate the process of preparing for the next Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST), including facilitating discussions with the Commission, holding community meetings to get feedback from people, and finalizing the project list. The list will be finalized this summer so that it can be voted on by the people of Macon-Bibb on November 8, 2016.

To read the full resolution, click here.

Macon-Bibb leaders outline the State of our Community

At the 2016 Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce State of the Community Luncheon, a theme resonated with multiple people: Macon-Bibb County has great momentum when it comes to moving the community forward. 

The event on February 4 at the Macon Centreplex brought together hundreds of people who all want to see Macon-Bibb succeed. From business leaders to elected officials to representatives from Robins Air Force Base…all in attendance want to see our community grow and thrive. 

Mayor Robert Reichert spoke about the County’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. He says while our strengths are great – our people, natural resources, cultural and educational opportunities – we must not forget to take our weaknesses and threats seriously because they are very real. He mentioned things like poverty, blight, and crime.