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Committee finalizes Macon-Bibb's new laws


With the countdown nearing single digits until Macon and Bibb County consolidate, a transition task force committee finalized its proposal for a new code of ordinances.

During its final meeting Monday night, the laws committee discussed the rules that will control everything from traffic and parking, to how the government responds to emergencies and deals with staff.

Jeffery Monroe chairs the committee. He says after months of work, he thinks there's a set of rules in place that will help smooth the transition.

"We envisioned our role as melding the city and the county code together, not being a legislative body because none of us were elected," says Monroe. "We think we provided a good foundation for the elected officials to make some determinations and hit the ground running."

Part of Monday's discussions centered around spay and neuter laws for Macon-Bibb pet owners. The committee recommended the new government keep county and city laws requiring the procedure.

Macon city council passed the law in October, and the Bibb County commission approved a similar measure in November.

Under the combined version, the same exemptions apply, such as hunting dogs and show animals. They do not have to be sterilized.

Pet owners who do not want to spay or neuter must pay $10 a year for a permit. They could also pay $100 for a lifetime permit for the animal. If approved by the new government, this law would begin July 1, 2014.

The full transition task force is expected to vote on this and other items brought up Monday during its final meeting Wednesday.


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