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Neighborhood to use old Boy Scout hut in Henry Burns Park

The building in the picture above may be familiar to many of you - it housed Boy Scout Troop #5 starting in 1932. It's been empty for a while, but now a neighborhood association will be responsible for upkeep and use. They're renting it from the county for $1.00 a year. You can read more about the agreement in the commission resolution. 

Macon-Bibb resident Garrison Hammontree was part of Troop 5 and became an Eagle Scout in the 1960's when he was 13 years old. "This hut played a big role in my life as a child and as a teenager. I'm glad to see it's still standing and that there's a plan to take care of it. It's a big part of this community," said Hammontree.

Hundreds march with message of peace and unity

At this year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance, people gathered at Recreation Centers in the North, East, West, and South parts of Macon-Bibb, then all marched to meet downtown at Government Center. Mayor Robert Reichert spoke about how old Dr. King was when he gave his iconic 'I Have a Dream Speech.' King was only 34 years old. Reichert then challenged everyone- no matter how young or old, to make a difference in their community. You can watch a MaconBibbTV feature on the march, here. 

Enhanced efforts under way to cut down on litter

It takes a lot of work to keep our community free of trash and debris. Last year, from July to December, volunteers and probationers picked up 997 bags of litter along our major roads and intersections. Just this year from January 10 to February 8, Public Works has picked up 645 bags of litter.

Last year we provided support for 236 neighborhood cleanups that yielded more than 787 tons of junk! That includes stuff like old tires and appliances dumped in empty lots. As our crews cut the grass around town, they pick up trash in the process. Last year they collected 42 tons of debris. 

In an effort to combat this ongoing battle, The Bibb County Sheriff's office is ramping up efforts to enforce litter citations and catch people who trash our turf. You can read the resolution here.

Commissioner shares personal connection to upgraded Memorial Park Recreation Center

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MLK Day marchers converge downtown with message of unity

On January 16, people gathered at Rosa Jackson Recreation Center, Frank Johnson Recreation Center, Booker T. Washington Center, and Memorial Park Recreation Center to march in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. People prayed and chanted as they made their way downtown and met at Government Center. Mayor Robert Reichert spoke at the event, encouraging everyone to be involved in their community to honor the legacy of Dr. King.

First year of recycling a success in Macon-Bibb

In January 2016, Macon-Bibb County introduced a new recycling program that began offering curbside pickup to all interested residents. Upon request, people could get a 65-gallon rolling recycling cart and participate in the new program. After one year of the program, more and more people are interested in being part of this green initiative and diverting trash from the landfill.

“This has been a great first year for the expanded recycling program,” says Solid Waste Director Kevin Barkley. “We’ve been amazed at how quickly this many people have asked to be a part of the program, and we couldn’t be prouder of our community. It shows that people care about recycling and want to help make a greener, more beautiful Macon-Bibb.”

Macon-Bibb public park hours shift to increase safety

In an effort to keep our parks and recreation centers safer for everyone in Macon-Bibb, commissioners voted to change the hours for our public play areas. This includes both the active and passive parks, and our recreation centers. 

From now through March 31, no one is allowed in the parks from 6 p.m. - 8 a.m., and from April 1 - October 31, parks are closed from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.