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Commemorative marker to honor lynching victims

A North Georgia-based group is placing a marker in Macon-Bibb to recognize and remember those who were lynched here. At Tuesday’s meeting, Commissioners granted permission to the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta’s ‘Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism’ group to place the marker at The Douglass Theatre.

The marker will bear the names of people lynched in Bibb County. The Tubman African-American Museum will co-sponsor the placing of the marker on October 22, and there will be a short memorial service when that occurs. To read more about this marker and its significance, see the full resolution by copying and pasting this link into your browser: http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/maconbibb/Board.nsf/files/AAKLUD527D5B/$file/6-7-2016%20-%20Res%20Committee%20Amendment%20Episcopal%20Diocese%20of%20Atlanta's%20Beloved%20Community.pdf.

June is National Gun Violence Awareness Month

June is National Gun Violence Awareness Month

Mayor Reichert proclaimed June to be National Gun Violence Awareness Month in Macon-Bibb County at the June 7 Commission Meeting. He and the rest of the Commission encouraged people to wear orange and raise awareness of the senseless violence that harms families and communities across the country.

Paving, repairs coming for several Macon-Bibb roads  

More than two-dozen Macon-Bibb County roads will be re-paved or smoothed out thanks to a contract the Commission approved with Womack Paving Inc. More than $1.2 million will be used for full reclamation or deep path overlay on the following streets and roads. The improvements are being paid for from the state Local Maintenance & Improvement Grants, the Macon-Bibb general fund, and the voter-approved Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). For complete project details, click here: http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/maconbibb/Board.nsf/files/AAKLUP5289A0/$file/6-7-2016%20-%20Res%20Agrmt%20Womack%20Paving%20%241267395%2070%20Patch%20Overlay.pdf.

Macon-Bibb supports creation of Cotton Avenue Historic District

What do a local dentist and civil rights leader, Capricorn Records, a sloping road, and segregation have in common? They’ve each played a role in the mission to get Cotton Avenue designated as an official Historic District. The Commission is requesting that Macon-Bibb Planning and Zoning designate the area as such.

That dentist and civil rights leader is Dr. D.T. Walton, Sr., and contributions to our community led to a portion of Cotton Avenue being named for him many years ago. That portion of road – which runs from College Street, down by the Government Center, and all the way down Cotton Avenue to Mulberry and 2nd Streets – is what people are hoping will become a historic district.

To read more, click here. 

Macon-Bibb named a City of Ethics

Macon-Bibb County recently received notification from the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) that it met the qualifications to be recertified as a Georgia City of Ethics. Macon-Bibb will officially be recognized at an awards luncheon at GMA’s annual conference in late June in Savannah.

To read more about this recognition and distinction, 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 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.