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Marchers talk about life, legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On January 18, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, Macon-Bibb County, churches, and other organizations hosted the annual March to celebrate the life and legacy of the civil rights leader. Beginning at the Booker T. Washington Community Center, Rosa Jackson Community Center, Frank Johnson Recreation Center, and Memorial Gymnasium, people from all over the community marched to Government Center in Downtown.

That day’s events and what it means to the community as told by the men, women, and children that participated are featured by MaconBibbTV in a new video that can be watched by clicking here.  

 

MaconBibbTV highlights major economic development announcement

New jobs and industry are coming to the region thanks to a partnership between Macon-Bibb County, the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority, and Yulista Aviation. The aircraft maintenance, repair, and modification company specializes in military aircraft and is moving into a hangar at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport because of its access to the runway and its proximity to Robins Air Force Base. 

Click here for a feature video from MaconBibbTV about the big announcement
and the partnership’s impact on Macon-Bibb.

To see some photos from the announcement, click here.

 

Macon-Bibb wins national award for its FY2016 Budget

Macon-Bibb County has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its Fiscal Year 2016 budget for the second consecutive year from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). In order to receive the award, Macon-Bibb’s budget document had to serve as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide, and a communications device, and then it had to be rated as proficient in each of those areas. To view the budget, click here.

“We knew when we consolidated that budgeting would be difficult, and our teams and the Commission have gone above and beyond to meet the expectations of the public, including reducing the size of government and improving services,” says Operations and Finance Committee Chair Gary Bechtel.

SPLOST Advisory Committee reviews project progress

The SPLOST Advisory Committee met January 25 to discuss recent projects begun or completed, how the funds are being spent, and the reallocation of funds from completed projects to other projects that need more. SPLOST Project Manager Clay Murphy gave a report on where each of the projects are in their progress, and the Committee was provided a local/minority business report from the Office of Small Business Affairs.

You can view the update on projects from the SPLOST Project Manager and the Local/Minority Business report from the Office of Small Business Affairs by clicking here.

Commission approves additional SPLOST funds for Courthouse

The Macon-Bibb Commission approved using $153,467.22 in SPLOST funds for new supplies to be used at the Bibb County Courthouse. To read the full resolution and details, click here. These funds will be used to buy computer accessories and supplies to help courthouse business maintain efficiency. The purchase is one part of an almost $5 million SPLOST-funded improvement program at the Courthouse.

To learn more about Macon-Bibb’s SPLOST program, including project statuses,
financial statements, announcements, and updates, click here.

Start of construction at Rosa Jackson Recreation Center celebrated

A major overhaul is coming to the Rosa Jackson Recreation Center in East Macon-Bibb. To hear from the construction team, the head of the Recreation Department, and the Commission about how this upgraded recreation center will affect Fort Hill and East Macon-Bibb, click here.

People in the Fort Hill neighborhood can look forward to a new gym ready for basketball and volleyball, updated bathrooms, a brand new building, two exercise rooms, a welcome center, a computer lab- and that’s just the inside. Outside, there will be new courts, a new pavilion, playground- and most exciting: a splash pad for kids of all ages. For more information about the SPLOST and how this project fits in Macon-Bibb’s Strategic Plan, click here.

 

Macon-Bibb overwhelmingly asks for recycling services

Macon-Bibb County is ordering 3,400 more 65-gallon, rolling recycling cans to keep up with the overwhelming demand. They will take 4-6 weeks to deliver, and then the Solid Waste Department will put them together and begin delivering to the people that have requested one. To request a cart, people can log into SeeClickFix or call Customer Service at 751-7400.

“It’s been amazing how quickly people requested the first 1,700 cans, and it makes me proud the community is this excited to begin recycling,” says Solid Waste Director Kevin Barkley. “We’re going to get these new cans in and delivered as quickly as possible.”

Previously, the Department bought 1,700 to get the recycling program started, and it was hoped they would all be requested and delivered by May so more could be ordered. Between November 17 and January 8, more than 2,000 were asked for, and more requests continue to be made.