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Community breaks ground on Filmore Thomas Park

It's a community's dream more than three decades in the making, and with a groundbreaking on December 16, the dream came one step closer to reality. Filmore Thomas Park is under construction in Macon-Bibb County's Bellevue neighborhood on Log Cabin Drive, where many of Filmore Thomas' family members still live.

Macon-Bibb named top city for resolving issues

Macon-Bibb County remains one of the top cities in the country to resolve issues reported by the public using the SeeClickFix online and mobile application. Since July 2015, SeeClickFix has ranked the top 30 cities in America by the number of issues resolved, and Macon-Bibb has spent most of the time in the Top 10, broken into the Top 5 in December, and earned a Top 10 for all of 2015.

In addition to the rankings, SeeClickFix used Macon-Bibb’s success with the system registering people for new garbage and recycling carts in its year in review graphic. We have also been featured in 2015 on several blogs and videos produced and promoted by SeeClickFix, as well as having the opportunity to present at a national conference and on a national webinar on how to use technology to help the public. All of their rankings and infographics can be found at http://blog.seeclickfix.com.

Macon-Bibb remains a Top 10 Fixer City

Since July 2015, SeeClickFix has ranked the top 30 cities in America using its online and mobile application to help people resolve issues. Each month, the Top 30 Fixer Cities are announced, ranked by the number of issues resolved, and for November, Macon-Bibb County remained in the top 10 of cities across America, earning the number 8 spot with 520 issues resolved.

To read the November 2015 list of Top Fixer Cities, click here.

Next phase of Second Street Corridor Connector begins

Macon-Bibb County celebrated the beginning of the Second Street Corridor Connector’s second phase of construction on November 17 with a groundbreaking ceremony. This phase will cost $1.7 million and start at the realigned Edgewood Avenue and end where the Connector will later be built over the railroad.

The work consists of improving the storm drainage system, installing a 20” waterline to serve Navicent Health, constructing the road and shared sidewalks, and installing new lighting. During construction, First Street from Edgewood Avenue to Elm Street will be closed and eventually rerouted, and the at grade crossing on Elm Street will be permanently closed. 

To watch a feature video from MaconBibbTV about this milestone, click here. 

East Macon Rec Center improvements celebrated

Macon-Bibb County broke ground in mid-November for improvements at the East Macon Recreation Center (3326 Ocmulgee East Boulevard). This event marked the beginning of the first phase of improvements, which includes sidewalks, a new t-ball field, a rebuilt concession stands, new fencing, and upgrades to the storm drainage system and the scoring boxes. This phase will cost $300,000, which is being paid for with funds from the voter-approved Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST).

Click here for a feature video on this SPLOST project and what it means to the community.

Macon-Bibb County expands recycling, yard waste program

On November 17, the Macon-Bibb County Commission approved the expansion and standardization of recycling and yard waste pickup and realignment of garbage pickup services. Beginning January 4, 2016, the following services will be offered:

Commissioner Al Tillman to host job fair

Commissioner Al Tillman to host job fair

A job fair hosted by Macon-Bibb Commissioner Al Tillman will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. at Lizzie Chapel Church on Bartlett Street.

It's for the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department and the Bibb County Sheriff's Office.

According to the news release, the fair is the latest in a series of events and outreach efforts hosted by Commissioner Tillman to make people aware of available jobs in Macon-Bibb County.

"We are looking for men and women with a great work ethic and who are full of character, courage and commitment," Marvin Riggins, the fire chief, said. in a statement. He also said over 50 firefighters have retired in recent months.

"This job requires commitment and dedication to the cause," he said. "Every day, we uphold the commitment to excellence, and we are only looking to hire people who carry that same sense of value.