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Henry Burns Park receiving additional SPLOST funding

The Commission approved transferring $43,000 in voter-approved SPLOST funds from Recreation Land Acquisition Fund to help create a master plan for Henry Burns Park, which is on the corner of Ingleside Drive and Ridge Avenues. It has already received $40,000 in SPLOST-funded improvements of the $95,000 that was originally budgeted.

To read the full resolution, click here.

Macon-Bibb’s Quality of Life was identified as a Focus Area for its first Forward Together Strategic Plan, and upgrading and improving parks and recreation centers – especially with the use of SPLOST funds – are a key component of that effort.  

 

 

Macon-Bibb starts Operation Cease Fire Midnight Basketball League

The Macon-Bibb Commission approved funding the ‘Operation Cease Fire Midnight Basketball League’ in order to provide an engaging and fun activity for people at a time when crime tends to happen. Those involved will have to take part in a life skills course, and those in charge hope if will promote health, safety, morals, and welfare in the citizens of Macon-Bibb County. This money will fund coaches, coordinators, uniforms, equipment and more. 

Registration for the League begins February 1, with enrichment sessions starting February 24 and the season kicking off February 27. For more information about the League, contact Armand Burnett with the Macon-Bibb County Recreation Department at 478-447-2767.

SPLOST funds approved for three recreation projects

he Macon-Bibb Commission approved using more than $400,00 in voter-approved SPLOST funds for three recreation projects. This money was originally budgeted for Land Acquisition. The projects include:

·      $18,960 for recreation equipment;

·      $21,600 to purchase equipment at Historic Bowden Golf Course; and

·      $360,405 for ballfield renovations at North Macon Park. 

To read the full resolution, click here.

Bowden Golf Course fees change

The Commission approved lowering the annual membership fee at Charles L. Bowden Golf Course to $600 and changing the daily fee to $20 for Monday through Thursday play, and to $25 for Friday through Sunday play. These changes aim to increase membership and daily place at the historic Bowden Golf Course.

To read the full resolution, 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 launches website dedicated to SPLOST projects

Macon-Bibb County has launched a new website at www.splost.info as another way for people to learn about projects funded by the voter-approved Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). Currently, the Commission regularly discusses and approves items related to projects, monthly financial statements are posted on the Macon-Bibb website, regular meetings are held with the SPLOST Advisory Committee, and local media frequently covers progress on the projects.

“One of our charges as the SPLOST Advisory Committee was to increase and improve communication with the public, both providing information to the public and giving feedback to the government based on what people expect,” says Committee Chair Jeffery Monroe. “This website provides us a single place where people can learn about the projects they approved, as well as to ask questions.”

Mercer University to hold Tennis Classic

Mercer University to hold Tennis Classic

Mercer University is holding a Tennis Classic of Macon featuring the top professional tennis players at the Leroy Peddy Tennis Center from October 25 to November 1, 2015.

According to a news release, players will attempt to win ranking points and gain experience as they move up the top teir of women's tennis.

For ticket and volunteer information, please call Eric Hayers, the tennis coach at Mercer and tournament director, at 478-301-2269.