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Macon-Bibb names Student Leadership Award recipient

At the June 7 Commission Meeting, Macon-Bibb County named and honored the 2015-2016 recipient of the Bert Bivins, III Student Leadership Award, which is given to a member of Macon-Bibb’s Georgia Civic Awareness Program for Students (GCAPS) cohort. This year’s recipient is Sharrieff Muhammad, a recent graduate of the Georgia Cyber Academy and the first homeschool student to participate in the program.

“We have observed his work among his peers; we have noticed his creativity we appreciate his participation, his punctuality, and that he is a natural leader,” says Charles Coney, Macon-Bibb’s Assistant County Manager.

To read more about the Mr. Muhammad, the Award, and GCAPS, click here.


Commission making way for Brewpubs

Macon-Bibb is getting its first-ever brewpubs (Piedmont Brewing and Ocmulgee Brewpub), and the Commission updates its Code of Ordinances so they could operate. Details on licensing and fees can be found be by copying and pasting this link into your browser: http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/maconbibb/Board.nsf/files/AAKLVB52A67C/$file/6-7-2016 - Ord Amending Ch 4 of Code to Provide for Brewpubs.pdf.

“Part of revitalizing Downtown Macon-Bibb is to make it easier for new businesses to open and thrive,” says Mayor Robert Reichert. “With the national trend of people looking for ways to enjoy locally made craft beer and the success of the our first local brewery, the Macon Beer Company, it’s only natural that we make sure businesses like Piedmont Brewing and Ocmulgee Brewpub have a place in our community.”

Commemorative marker to honor lynching victims

A North Georgia-based group is placing a marker in Macon-Bibb to recognize and remember those who were lynched here. At Tuesday’s meeting, Commissioners granted permission to the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta’s ‘Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism’ group to place the marker at The Douglass Theatre.

The marker will bear the names of people lynched in Bibb County. The Tubman African-American Museum will co-sponsor the placing of the marker on October 22, and there will be a short memorial service when that occurs. To read more about this marker and its significance, see the full resolution by copying and pasting this link into your browser: http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/maconbibb/Board.nsf/files/AAKLUD527D5B/$file/6-7-2016%20-%20Res%20Committee%20Amendment%20Episcopal%20Diocese%20of%20Atlanta's%20Beloved%20Community.pdf.

June is National Gun Violence Awareness Month

June is National Gun Violence Awareness Month

Mayor Reichert proclaimed June to be National Gun Violence Awareness Month in Macon-Bibb County at the June 7 Commission Meeting. He and the rest of the Commission encouraged people to wear orange and raise awareness of the senseless violence that harms families and communities across the country.

Paving, repairs coming for several Macon-Bibb roads  

More than two-dozen Macon-Bibb County roads will be re-paved or smoothed out thanks to a contract the Commission approved with Womack Paving Inc. More than $1.2 million will be used for full reclamation or deep path overlay on the following streets and roads. The improvements are being paid for from the state Local Maintenance & Improvement Grants, the Macon-Bibb general fund, and the voter-approved Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). For complete project details, click here: http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/maconbibb/Board.nsf/files/AAKLUP5289A0/$file/6-7-2016%20-%20Res%20Agrmt%20Womack%20Paving%20%241267395%2070%20Patch%20Overlay.pdf.

Commission recognizes Education Support Professionals

At its June 7 meeting, Mayor Robert Reichert announced that May 20 had been proclaimed Education Support Professionals Day in Macon-Bibb County in conjunction with the Bibb Association of Educators Awards. The Commission took time that evening to recognize this year’s Education Support Professional of the Year, Rutland High School Head Custodian Beverly Harris.

In addition to the Education Support Specialist of the Year, BAE also awarded the Read Across America winner, Vineville Academy, a $500 Barnes and Noble gift certificate. Also, a student from Vineville and Alexander II each received a Nook e-reader.

To read more about the BAE Awards and to see pictures from the recognition, click here: www.maconbibb.us/esprecognition2016/.

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.