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Neighborhood to use old Boy Scout hut in Henry Burns Park

The building in the picture above may be familiar to many of you - it housed Boy Scout Troop #5 starting in 1932. It's been empty for a while, but now a neighborhood association will be responsible for upkeep and use. They're renting it from the county for $1.00 a year. You can read more about the agreement in the commission resolution. 

Macon-Bibb resident Garrison Hammontree was part of Troop 5 and became an Eagle Scout in the 1960's when he was 13 years old. "This hut played a big role in my life as a child and as a teenager. I'm glad to see it's still standing and that there's a plan to take care of it. It's a big part of this community," said Hammontree.

More money coming to continue Filmore Thomas Park plan

Filmore Thomas Park is less than a year old and leaders are already planning ways to enhance the popular spot even more! Phase Two of the new Filmore Thomas Park will include a multi-use field, second entrance and parking lot, a pedestrian bridge, and sidewalk. Commissioners voted to approve $23,000 in blight funds to pay Rowland Engineering to form the plan for phase two. You can read more about it here. 

To see a MaconBibbTV video on the park's grand opening festivities, click here.

Enhanced efforts under way to cut down on litter

It takes a lot of work to keep our community free of trash and debris. Last year, from July to December, volunteers and probationers picked up 997 bags of litter along our major roads and intersections. Just this year from January 10 to February 8, Public Works has picked up 645 bags of litter.

Last year we provided support for 236 neighborhood cleanups that yielded more than 787 tons of junk! That includes stuff like old tires and appliances dumped in empty lots. As our crews cut the grass around town, they pick up trash in the process. Last year they collected 42 tons of debris. 

In an effort to combat this ongoing battle, The Bibb County Sheriff's office is ramping up efforts to enforce litter citations and catch people who trash our turf. You can read the resolution here.

First year of recycling a success in Macon-Bibb

In January 2016, Macon-Bibb County introduced a new recycling program that began offering curbside pickup to all interested residents. Upon request, people could get a 65-gallon rolling recycling cart and participate in the new program. After one year of the program, more and more people are interested in being part of this green initiative and diverting trash from the landfill.

“This has been a great first year for the expanded recycling program,” says Solid Waste Director Kevin Barkley. “We’ve been amazed at how quickly this many people have asked to be a part of the program, and we couldn’t be prouder of our community. It shows that people care about recycling and want to help make a greener, more beautiful Macon-Bibb.”

Macon-Bibb public park hours shift to increase safety

In an effort to keep our parks and recreation centers safer for everyone in Macon-Bibb, commissioners voted to change the hours for our public play areas. This includes both the active and passive parks, and our recreation centers. 

From now through March 31, no one is allowed in the parks from 6 p.m. - 8 a.m., and from April 1 - October 31, parks are closed from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Sign up for emergency alerts from the Macon-Bibb EMA

When severe weather is moving into Middle Georgia, or there's an emergency happening, we want to make sure everyone has the information and is prepared. You can now sign up for email, phone, and text alerts from the Emergency Management Agency with this important information. You can register everyone in your family's phone numbers, your address, work address, and email addresses. 
 

Macon-Bibb, Warner Robins ‘Meet in the Middle’ for Great American Cleanup

You start walking your way, I start walking mine. We’ll meet in the middle, ‘neath that old Georgia Pine. We’ll both gain a lot, if we each give a little. Ain’t no road too long, if we meet in the middle!”

Mayor Robert Reichert used the words from that song to kick off the first ‘Meet in the Middle’ cleanup for the Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful and Keep Warner Robins Beautiful Commissions. In April, the two organizations, the Mayors from each, and more than 100 volunteers came to the county line on Highway 247 to pick up trash and talk about keeping our communities clean…together!

You can see more from the event in this MaconBibbTV feature.