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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.

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.