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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.

Bicycle tour, outdoor movie hosted as part of MACON CONNECTS Ideas Festival

Everyone is invited to take a bike tour of some of Macon-Bibb's newest or recently improved parks and greenspaces, including Tattnall Square Park, the Dog Park, Washington Park, Bernd Park, Daisy Park, and Oakhaven Park. The tour will end up in Oakhaven Park (at intersection of English and Oakhaven Avenues), where people will be enjoying an outdoor showing of The Avengers that will begin at dusk. “We’ve made a great deal of improvement to our parks, and even created some new ones,” says Parks & Beautification Director Stephen Lawson. “We really want to show people all that’s been done, let them experience a great family activity in one, and hear from them what they’d like to see us do in the future.” The tour is part of a series of events called the MACON CONNECTS Ideas Festival. From June 14-16, people will be able explore all possibilities for improving mobility and connections in Macon-Bibb.

Study to strengthen the Macon Levee System coming

Nearly a million dollars will go into determining how to strengthen Macon-Bibb’s levee system. Macon-Bibb Commissioners at its April 5 meeting approved accepting a $521,590 grant from the Department of the Army, and matching that with $421,590 from Macon-Bibb.

The forthcoming feasibility study is expected to identify potential weak areas in the levee, or areas that could present a problem in a flooding situation, and make possible projects that would strengthen it or fix portions that need it. 

Click here for more information on what the study entails, and why it’s necessary. 


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.

Blight money being used for A.L. Miller High School neighborhood

Macon-Bibb commissioners – at its meeting on March 15 – voted to use $400,000 in blight funds for the A.L. Miller High School Neighborhood Revitalization and Blight Redevelopment Project. The money comes out of District 6’s blight funds, and will be used on infrastructure and neighborhood projects within a half-mile radius around the former school on Montpelier Avenue.

Projects will include better sidewalks, addition of streetlights, demolition of blighted properties, and repurposing of other buildings not currently in use. Macon-Bibb is working with the Fuller Center for Housing for this undertaking. To learn more about the Fuller Center, click here

To read the full resolution and details, click here.

Macon-Bibb celebrates Earth Day with festival in Tattnall Square Park 

Macon-Bibb County and its partners will hold its annual Earth Day festival on Wednesday, April 20 at Tattnall Square Park from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

People of all ages will be able to enjoy a vendors market with local produce and educational materials, and there will be a kids zone with games, prizes, face-painting, and more. The Southeastern Reptile Rescue is bringing live animals you can interact with, and Idyll Acres Rescue Ranch will be there with their mini-horse, Poppy Boy. 

In addition to the fun and interactive offerings, people will be able to learn about ways to go green at work, home, and school, and on the go. They will be able to sign up for Macon-Bibb County’s new recycling program and learn what can and can’t be put in the new 65-gallon bins. 

Macon-Bibb celebrates Arbor Day by planting 1,000th tree in four years

Macon-Bibb County now celebrating 3 decades as an official “Tree City USA” community. The distinction is awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation to communities who are dedicated to taking care of the trees they have, and planting more.

For the 2016 Arbor Day observance, Macon-Bibb celebrated a milestone: the thousandth tree planted as part of a four-year plan. The ‘Tree Team’ for the county – including our Forester, Randell Hunt – installed the Dedour Cedar at Little Richard Penniman Park. It’s a hardwood tree, expected to last up to 200 years.

Click here for a MaconBibbTV feature on this year’s observance
held at Little Richard Penniman Park.