Macon Council Discusses Transitional Role | News
In three months, the city of Macon and Bibb County will consolidate, and that has some city council members questioning what to do until January.
At an appropriations committee meeting Monday, the group was scheduled to discuss a new law to regulate the use of food trucks in the city. Chairman Tom Ellington asked to put it on their next agenda to give community members more time to give their input, but councilman Henry Ficklin says the city should wait until consolidation to put new laws in place.
He says, "Ask the transition if there is things that we need to do to make for a more smooth transition into the new government. Those are the kinds of things we need to be doing now. Coming up with new legislation that we hadn't passed in all of these years, really I just think is really out of sort for us to be doing at this time."
Fellow council member Lauren Benedict says there's still time to make an impact on the community.
"There are obviously items that require immediate action, because we have to keep the government running and we will be the city of Macon until December 31st. But at the same time, we should be aware before we make broad, sweeping policy changes, and so I think every piece of legislation needs to be looked at on a case by case basis," says Benedict.
State Representative Nikki Randall, chair of the transition task force, says the new consolidated government will look at and consider both city and county laws come January.