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Macon-Bibb County celebrates first female fire chief

Chief Brenda Thomas has a passion for prevention. She’s the county’s first female to earn the rank of Chief, and as the Fire Prevention Director, she is excited to educate the community. 

“When I got here there were two other young ladies here…that was a little hope for me,” says Thomas. “Because those two ladies were here, they let me know that this may be okay for the young ladies of Macon-Bibb County that want to become, or are thinking of becoming, a firefighter.”

To read more about Chief Thomas 
and to watch a MaconBibbTV feature about her accomplishments, click here.

Additional SPLOST funds allocated to new Filmore Thomas Park

Macon-Bibb commissioners voted at its March 15 meeting to move $60,000 in SPLOST funds from Recreation Land Acquisition to Filmore Thomas Park. The Park, which is currently under construction on Log Cabin Drive, is one residents have looked forward to for more than three decades.

Click here to watch a MaconBibbTV feature on the groundbreaking ceremony on the site.

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.

Blight money to be used to repurpose empty school, remove blight from neighborhood

Commissioners approved at its March 15 meeting to use $350,000 in blight funds from District 4 to fund the Alexander IV Elementary School Neighborhood Revitalization and Blight Redevelopment Project. The Historic Macon Foundation is purchasing the Alexander IV building on Ridge Avenue from the Bibb County School District, and to develop it into a senior living residence. 

To read the full resolution, 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. 

New leaders in the Fire Department after promotion gauntlet

The face of the Macon-Bibb Fire Department is changing. Since many people have retired in the past two years and during the Early Retirement Incentive Program, the way opened up for a new set of leaders to step up. And more than 130 did!

In February, the Fire Department named its first ever female chief, as well as six new Battalion Chiefs, 26 new Fire Captains, 33 new Lieutenants, and 67 new Sergeants. Each moving up is ready to fill the shoes of those who came before them, and continue the work of protecting Macon-Bibb County. 

“They’re well trained, the organization is strong, so I’m excited about it,” says Chief Marvin Riggins. “We have a brand new Macon-Bibb community, so here we are starting anew with the Macon-Bibb Fire Department.”

Click here to see a video about the department’s hard work,
and learn about the extra skills many of them bring to Macon-Bibb.

White House initiative expands access to internet

Several organizations are working together as part of the White House’s ConnectHome initiative to make sure children living in public housing have the tools they need to succeed, including fast internet and a working device, whether it’s a laptop or tablet. Macon-Bibb is one of only 28 communities nationwide that that were selected to participate, and partners came together in February to learn how the program was going and how they can be more involved.

Click here to watch a MaconBibbTV feature on the meeting.

For more about the initiative and how you can sign up, click here.