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HOPE Inside offers financial literacy, credit rating education, support

On Thursday, May 12, Macon-Bibb County leaders joined Operation HOPE Founder and Chairman John Hope Bryant to ceremonially celebrate the opening of HOPE Inside Macon, which is located at the Buck Melton Center (150 Sessions Drive). The celebration at the Center was part of a series of events over two days, to introduce Operation HOPE to the Macon-Bibb community, and for people to learn more about the services and early successes of the initiative.

For pictures from the visit and events, click here.

Macon-Bibb offices closed for Memorial Day

Macon-Bibb County government offices will be closed on Monday May 30, 2016. Solid waste, yard waste, and recycling pickup will be delayed one day that week, so if you’re regular pickup day is Monday, it will be Tuesday. To learn which day pickup is for your area please visit our Solid Waste website. Emergency services will be maintained that day. The landfill will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Macon-Bibb nationally ranked for customer service in March

In March, Macon-Bibb was ranked second in the country for total issues resolved for cities with 150,000 or more people. More than 2,100 issues were resolved, and the only city to have more was Detroit, MI.

This is very impressive considering Detroit has more than four times Macon-Bibb’s population but only closed abut 600 more issues. With its much larger population, Detroit only closed one issue for every 167 people, while Macon-Bibb closed one issue for every 45 residents.

To read the full blog and see the other cities ranked, click here.

Since these monthly rankings began in July 2015, Macon-Bibb has been in the Top 10 all but one month. For all of 2015, we ranked #8 with more than 14,000 issues resolved.

New E911 system improving public safety

In Early March, Macon-Bibb E-911 began using a new Computer-Aided Dispatch system that came with New World’s public safety software that was purchased as part of consolidation. The entire New World system cost approximately $2 million in Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) funds that were set aside for public safety.

According to E-911 Director Captain Donnie Self, the new system will show dispatchers in the Center the closest unit that can respond to a call based on maps showing vehicle locations in real time. This will help reduce call response times by dispatching the closest responder.

MaconBibbTV features Frank Johnson Rec Center groundbreaking

One of the most popular places in Macon-Bibb’s Unionville neighborhood is the Frank Johnson Recreation Center…but it was in need of some repairs and upgrades. Now, thanks to the voter-approved Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST), the Center is getting $939,000 worth of them. 

Watch this MaconBibbTV feature to hear from Johnson’s wife, Dorothy,
and project leaders about what’s coming to the recreation center.

Improvements and upgrades include a welcoming new entrance, a computer lab, new open meeting spaces, security upgrades, new bathrooms, doors, paint, and more! And that’s just Phase 1 of the overall plan. Phase 2 will include a new gym and weight room. 

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. 

 

Macon-Bibb County releases March SPLOST Financial Statement

To help keep the public updated on the progress of projects, Macon-Bibb County releases monthly financial statements for Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) funds. All statements are posted to a website dedicated to announcements, updates, and information about how the County is using the funds on the projects approved by voters.

To view the March 2016 Financial Statement, click here.