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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.

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.

Plans coming for Henry Burns, Mattie Hubbard Jones Parks

Macon-Bibb Commissioners have approved agreements with WM2A Architects to create master plans and construction designs for improvements at Henry Burns Park and Mattie Hubbard Jones Park. Both of these projects will be funded by the voter-approved Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, or SPLOST. 

The master plan for Mattie Hubbard Jones Park will cost $3,900, and the plan for Henry Burns Park will cost $3,970. Both master plans will be developed using feedback from neighbors and people that use the parks, as well as the Parks and Recreation Department.

Based on that feedback and plan, construction designs will be developed at 7.35% of construction costs. The final plans would be presented to the Macon-Bibb Commission for approval before work would begin.

For more information, click here.

Former school in East Macon becoming affordable senior housing

For the first time in more than 30 years, a new place for low-income seniors to live is coming to East Macon-Bibb. The Hunt School Village is under construction now, and it will be a 60-unit affordable rental housing development for persons 62 and older.

The $11.8-million-dollar development is possible thanks to partnership between Macon-Bibb County, In-Fill Housing, Inc., the Macon-Bibb County Housing Authority, and Stafford Builders and Consultants. 

District 3 Commissioner Elaine Lucas sees a lot of potential for the entire community because of this development. “This is an example of something wonderful that’s happening where we have this eyesore,” she says.

To read more about the East Macon-Bibb development
and watch a MaconBibbTV feature on this partnership, 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.