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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.

Revitalization beginning in East Macon-Bibb’s Mill Hill Arts Village

In what’s called Macon-Bibb’s first neighborhood, there sits an old, abandoned auditorium. But with a little assistance, this building will be a vibrant center for the arts in Macon-Bibb and the center of neighborhood revitalization. The goal is to create a spot where people from all walks of life, and all skill levels can come and hone their craft, learn a new one, or just enjoy the talents of others.

Thanks to money from six Macon-Bibb Commissioners’ blight funds, an anonymous donor, the Macon Arts Alliance, and several other community partners, Mill Hill: East Macon Arts Village is under construction. Watch the video to hear about how this came together, and why it matters so much to the whole community. 

 

Macon-Bibb starts Operation Cease Fire Midnight Basketball League

The Macon-Bibb Commission approved funding the ‘Operation Cease Fire Midnight Basketball League’ in order to provide an engaging and fun activity for people at a time when crime tends to happen. Those involved will have to take part in a life skills course, and those in charge hope if will promote health, safety, morals, and welfare in the citizens of Macon-Bibb County. This money will fund coaches, coordinators, uniforms, equipment and more. 

Registration for the League begins February 1, with enrichment sessions starting February 24 and the season kicking off February 27. For more information about the League, contact Armand Burnett with the Macon-Bibb County Recreation Department at 478-447-2767.

Macon community center to hold Youth and Family Day

Macon community center to hold Youth and Family Day

A free Youth and Family Day will be held at the Buck Melton Community Center in Macon in February.

It'll be February 27th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be food, drinks and door prizes.

For more information, call 478-743-2587.

Robins Financial Partners with Rebuilding Together Warner Robins

Warner Robins, GA — Robins Financial Credit Union recently sponsored Rebuilding Together by contributing $5,000 to the Annual Work Day Event.

Employees from Robins Financial will volunteer to help rehabilitate a home for a low-income homeowner in the community. Work day tasks will include yard work, painting and other maintenance items.

Robins Financial Credit Union is a local non-profit financial cooperative with nineteen branches in central Georgia. Robins Financial currently provides financial services to over 165,000 members, with assets exceeding $2.0 billion.

Pedestrian Fatality Review Board developing safety education campaign

The Commission approved requesting funds from either the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office or Macon-Bibb’s General Fund, and from the Macon-Bibb Board of Health, to fund a campaign aimed at educating the public about pedestrian and traffic safety, in the hopes of putting a stop to deaths along our roadways

To read the full resolution, click here.

As part of its first Forward Together Strategic Plan, the Commission identified Safe Neighborhoods & Safe Communities to be one of its priority Focus Areas. The Pedestrian Fatality Review Board is seeking ways to make roads safer for pedestrians and creating a more walkable city.