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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.

 

 

EMA hosting monthly disaster preparation meetings, discussions

On Wednesday, March 2, the Macon-Bibb County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) held its regular Emergency Support Function (ESF) meeting with team leads to discuss preparing for future disasters, weather events, and crises.

At this month’s meeting, 116th Air Control Wing Commander Colonel Mark Weber gave an overview of 116th and the Georgia Air National Guard, how they helped during the Flood of 1994, and how they can help during future events. They also had their Bomb Squadron Emergency Response Vehicle on site for viewing. Also at the meeting, Public Health gave an update on the Zika Virus, and EMA discussed tornado preparedness and the upcoming community-wide shelter in place drill.

Practice Shelter in Place for a chance to sound the Macon-Bibb emergency siren

The Macon-Bibb County Emergency Management Agency is conducting a Shelter in Place drill on March 30, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. Shelter in Place means to take immediate shelter where you are – whether that’s at home, work, or school, or traveling – during an emergency.

To encourage people to participate and help spread the word of how important this drill is, EMA is hosting a social media contest. During the drill, take a photo of you and everyone else in your shelter in place location and post it to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and use #SiPMaconBibb. From the posted photos, EMA will select someone to sound the emergency sirens in during the monthly test in April or May.