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National Reentry Week community resource fair Wednesday

The United States Department of Justice has designated April 24 – 30, 2016 as National Reentry Week. Major steps have been taken to make the criminal justice system just, fair, and effective at reducing recidivism. In recognition of National Reentry Week, the Macon Reentry Coalition (MRC), a local nonprofit that connects returning citizens to resources, will host a free event open to the public.

On Wednesday, April 27 beginning at 9:00 a.m., the Macon Reentry Coalition will hold a meeting and resource fair at the Goodwill Helms Career Center (240 Broadway). Local representatives from education, housing, counseling, health, veteran services and employment agencies will answer questions and assist in making referrals. Light refreshments will be available.

Macon-Bibb County releases March SPLOST Financial Statement

To help keep the public updated on the progress of projects, Macon-Bibb County releases monthly financial statements for Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) funds. All statements are posted to a website dedicated to announcements, updates, and information about how the County is using the funds on the projects approved by voters.

To view the March 2016 Financial Statement, click here.

Robins Financial Continues Partnership with Rebuilding Together

Warner Robins, GA — On Saturday, April 9, Robins Financial Credit Union employees met at a home in Warner Robins to participate in Rebuilding Together’s Christmas In April. Staff members did heavy yard work and made minor repairs to the home for the homeowner.

Robins Financial Credit Union has participated in Rebuilding Together’s Christmas In April since 1997 and has donated over $100,000 to Rebuilding Together since that time.

“Robins Financial Credit Union believes in giving back to the community. We are proud to continue to partner with Rebuilding Together in an effort to make our community a better place,” Dee Dee Côté, Senior Vice President of Administration for Robins Financial Credit Union, said.

Rebuilding Together is a national nonprofit organization that revitalizes communities by making home and yard repairs for the elderly, disabled and veterans. 

Plans coming for Henry Burns, Mattie Hubbard Jones Parks

Macon-Bibb Commissioners have approved agreements with WM2A Architects to create master plans and construction designs for improvements at Henry Burns Park and Mattie Hubbard Jones Park. Both of these projects will be funded by the voter-approved Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, or SPLOST. 

The master plan for Mattie Hubbard Jones Park will cost $3,900, and the plan for Henry Burns Park will cost $3,970. Both master plans will be developed using feedback from neighbors and people that use the parks, as well as the Parks and Recreation Department.

Based on that feedback and plan, construction designs will be developed at 7.35% of construction costs. The final plans would be presented to the Macon-Bibb Commission for approval before work would begin.

For more information, click here.

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.