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New E911 system improving public safety

In Early March, Macon-Bibb E-911 began using a new Computer-Aided Dispatch system that came with New World’s public safety software that was purchased as part of consolidation. The entire New World system cost approximately $2 million in Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) funds that were set aside for public safety.

According to E-911 Director Captain Donnie Self, the new system will show dispatchers in the Center the closest unit that can respond to a call based on maps showing vehicle locations in real time. This will help reduce call response times by dispatching the closest responder.

Commission approves additional SPLOST funds for Courthouse

The Macon-Bibb Commission approved using $153,467.22 in SPLOST funds for new supplies to be used at the Bibb County Courthouse. To read the full resolution and details, click here. These funds will be used to buy computer accessories and supplies to help courthouse business maintain efficiency. The purchase is one part of an almost $5 million SPLOST-funded improvement program at the Courthouse.

To learn more about Macon-Bibb’s SPLOST program, including project statuses,
financial statements, announcements, and updates, click here.

Thomas Jackson Juvenile Justice Center dedicated

Macon-Bibb County leaders dedicated the Thomas Jackson Juvenile Justice Center on August 27, 2105. To watch the feature video about this exciting day, click here.

Macon-Bibb house demolitions ahead of schedule

On Thursday, April 23, Macon-Bibb County demolished the 100th and 101st house since July 1, 2014. These two structures were located at 555 and 581 Cynthia Avenue, just off of Second Street and across from Elam Alexander Academy.

Putnam Co. man pleads guilty to possession of a firearm

Putnam Co. man pleads guilty to possession of a firearm

An Eatonton man entered a guilty plea Thursday for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in a Macon district court.

Christian MacKean, 37, was driving a pick-up truck in August of 2013 when he was pulled over in Monroe County for speeding, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's office. He refused to show his driver's license or his insurance card, the release states. McKean reached for something and the officer who stopped him noticed a bulge under his shirt, the release states, and suspected there was a weapon. The officer called for backup.

BSO working with DOJ to identify solutions to youth crime, violence

The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office (BSO) has invited the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Diagnostic Center to assist with determining the nature and extent that property crimes, drugs, and gang-related crime are driven by youth offenders. The Center will work with the BSO and the community to identify juvenile delinquency intervention strategies and develop a plan to enhance BSO’s capacity to respond to public safety concerns. The Center’s engagement with the BSO is a result of the White House Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative (SC2), the Obama Administration’s agenda to build ladders of opportunity for all Americans who are working hard to make it to the middle class. 

“We saw the Center’s expertise in evaluating evidence-based case studies and developing solutions and recognized it could be a resource in Macon-Bibb,” says Bibb County Sheriff David Davis.

Tons of debris, hundreds of tires cleaned up

In early February, Macon-Bibb County’s Solid Waste Department was notified of two illegal dump sites by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. Department crews removed 9.51 tons of solid waste and 115 scrap tires from the Sofkee Road site on January 28 and 29. Solid Waste, Public Works, and Parks & Beautification worked together on February 12, 16, and 23 on the Buena Vista site, removing 8.64 tons of solid waste and 868 scrap tires.