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SPLOST Advisory Committee reviews project progress

The SPLOST Advisory Committee met January 25 to discuss recent projects begun or completed, how the funds are being spent, and the reallocation of funds from completed projects to other projects that need more. SPLOST Project Manager Clay Murphy gave a report on where each of the projects are in their progress, and the Committee was provided a local/minority business report from the Office of Small Business Affairs.

You can view the update on projects from the SPLOST Project Manager and the Local/Minority Business report from the Office of Small Business Affairs by clicking here.

Start of construction at Rosa Jackson Recreation Center celebrated

A major overhaul is coming to the Rosa Jackson Recreation Center in East Macon-Bibb. To hear from the construction team, the head of the Recreation Department, and the Commission about how this upgraded recreation center will affect Fort Hill and East Macon-Bibb, click here.

People in the Fort Hill neighborhood can look forward to a new gym ready for basketball and volleyball, updated bathrooms, a brand new building, two exercise rooms, a welcome center, a computer lab- and that’s just the inside. Outside, there will be new courts, a new pavilion, playground- and most exciting: a splash pad for kids of all ages. For more information about the SPLOST and how this project fits in Macon-Bibb’s Strategic Plan, click here.

 

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.