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Practice Shelter in Place for a chance to sound the Macon-Bibb emergency siren

The Macon-Bibb County Emergency Management Agency is conducting a Shelter in Place drill on March 30, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. Shelter in Place means to take immediate shelter where you are – whether that’s at home, work, or school, or traveling – during an emergency.

To encourage people to participate and help spread the word of how important this drill is, EMA is hosting a social media contest. During the drill, take a photo of you and everyone else in your shelter in place location and post it to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and use #SiPMaconBibb. From the posted photos, EMA will select someone to sound the emergency sirens in during the monthly test in April or May.

Macon-Bibb celebrating the #WomenofMaconBibb

March 2016 was officially proclaimed as Women’s History Month at the Commission Meeting on March 1. Mayor Robert Reichert and Commissioners invited all the women in attendance forward to be recognized for their contributions to the community with the reading of the official proclamation.

Each day in March, the Office of Public Affairs is recognizing the women of our consolidated government, celebrating their stories of community service, and showcasing the highlights of their career. Follow Macon-Bibb County on Instagram (@MaconBibbCounty) and help us thank them for their service and dedication using the hashtags #WomenofMaconBibb. 

Aspiring Eagle Scout uncovers, memorializes Negro League History in Macon-Bibb

A Macon-Bibb Boy Scout is going for his Eagle Scout rank, and in doing so, uncovered history that is now permanently marked at historic Luther Williams Field. Gordon Smith is with Troop 170, and while on a trip to the National Negro League Museum in Kansas City, he got curious. 

Gordon found out that four players from the National Negro League were born right here and helped pave the way for boys like Gordon to play ball, regardless of the color of their skin. Lemuel Hawkins, Marion ‘Sugar’ Cain, Robert Scott, and Ernest Fann each have their own plaques celebrating their groundbreaking careers hanging at Luther Williams Field.

Both Scott and Fann were at the plaque unveiling ceremony at Central City Park, and Fann spoke about the pride he feels when seeing Gordon’s project. 

Macon-Bibb remains top in country for resolving issues

In January, Macon-Bibb was again ranked as one of the top in the country using SeeClickFix to resolve issues reported by the public. The rankings are now divided by population with cities having about 150,000 residents and fewer in one group and cities with about 150,000 people and more in another. Macon-Bibb earned the TOP spot in the first category with 2,009 issues resolved.

“These numbers speak very highly of our departments and their responsiveness to the needs of our community,” says Chris Floore, Assistant to the County Manager for Public Affairs. “It’s more than just the total number of issues resolved, though; it’s about how much we’re doing for people. We resolved 1.6 issues per person, while Washington, DC in the top spot resolved 0.5 issues per resident.”

Main Street Macon offering small business marketing grants

Macon-Bibb County, through its Main Street Macon program, is offering a new tool to support small businesses and help them be successful. Eligible businesses can apply for a grant of up to $1,500 for marketing assistance that will help to create or maintain jobs that benefit people with low to moderate incomes. The grants are being made available from a $50,000 Marketing Grant Program using Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.

“By providing retail and business owners this opportunity, we want to help our small and local businesses thrive, grow, and continue to create experiences that reflect our unique community,” says Main Street Macon Manager Steven Fulbright. “In the past several years, our urban core has attracted more and more entrepreneurs to open new businesses or relocated existing businesses, and we want to help them succeed and be a part of the ongoing revitalization of Downtown and our entire community.”

MaconBibbTV features major upgrades to park in Macon-Bibb

Thanks to the work and resources of multiple people and groups, Daisy Park on Forsyth Street has received a major overhaul to make it a more active space for the neighborhood, visitors, and people needing a place to relax. Among the upgrades are a water feature, a brand-new basketball court, spruced-up green space, picnic tables, and a bench made from repurposed cement. Nearly a dozen organizations pitched in to make Daisy Park what it is today.

Click here for a MaconBibbTV video about the day those groups and people
came together to turn on the water feature and celebrate this major project.

To read and see more about this park and the event, click here.

Bridge could be named for former Mayor of Macon

At its February 16 meeting, the Macon-Bibb Commission voted to start the process of re-naming the Riverside Drive bridge over Interstate 75 for military veteran and former City of Macon Macon Mayor, Colonel William Lee Robinson, who passed away in November 2015. Lee Robinson grew up in Macon, served in the Vietnam war and the Georgia Legislature, was a graduate of Mercer University’s School of Law, and was elected Macon Mayor in 1977.

The request for the name change must go through the Georgia Legislature for approval, and the bridge would be named the “WM. LEE ROBINSON MEMORIAL BRIDGE.”

To read the full resolution, click here.