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Street light fee for Macon-Bibb residents going away July 1

The Commission continued following through with the promise of consolidation by making changes so that people pay the same rates for the same services. At its meeting on March 1, they approved removing the fee some people in the former unincorporated portions of the county paid for their street lights.

In the former governments, street lights in the city limits were installed and the energy paid for through the general fund, while areas of the unincorporated county had to specially request lighting and pay for the installation and energy costs. This change – which begins July 1, 2016 – means no residents will pay an additional fee for street lights.

Bridge could be named for former Mayor of Macon

At its February 16 meeting, the Macon-Bibb Commission voted to start the process of re-naming the Riverside Drive bridge over Interstate 75 for military veteran and former City of Macon Macon Mayor, Colonel William Lee Robinson, who passed away in November 2015. Lee Robinson grew up in Macon, served in the Vietnam war and the Georgia Legislature, was a graduate of Mercer University’s School of Law, and was elected Macon Mayor in 1977.

The request for the name change must go through the Georgia Legislature for approval, and the bridge would be named the “WM. LEE ROBINSON MEMORIAL BRIDGE.”

To read the full resolution, click here.

Macon-Bibb wins national award for its FY2016 Budget

Macon-Bibb County has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its Fiscal Year 2016 budget for the second consecutive year from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). In order to receive the award, Macon-Bibb’s budget document had to serve as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide, and a communications device, and then it had to be rated as proficient in each of those areas. To view the budget, click here.

“We knew when we consolidated that budgeting would be difficult, and our teams and the Commission have gone above and beyond to meet the expectations of the public, including reducing the size of government and improving services,” says Operations and Finance Committee Chair Gary Bechtel.

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.

Contractor approved for major Log Cabin Drive improvement project

An all-new pedestrian bridge is coming to Log Cabin Drive, as well as sidewalks, turn lanes, vehicle bridge repairs, and more. The Macon-Bibb Commission approved an agreement with R.J. Haynie and Associates for the $1.6 million SPLOST-funded road improvement project. The goal is to provide a safer place for the people living there to walk, bike, and drive, and details about the project and contract can be read in the full resolution by clicking here

For more information about the improvements being made in the
Bellevue neighborhood with SPLOST funds, click here


Recycling, Solid Waste pickup in Macon-Bibb changes January 4

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:

Demolition makes way for Log Cabin Drive improvements

Crews from Macon-Bibb County’s Public Works Department tore down an abandoned house at the corner of Log Cabin Drive and Hollingsworth Road in mid-November to make way for the realignment of the intersection as part of a $1.5 million, SPLOST-funded road and pedestrian safety improvement project.

The Log Cabin Drive improvement project will include a new pedestrian bridge and repairs to the current roadway bridge over Rocky Creek; constructing new curb and gutter, sidewalk, drainage swales, drainage structures and driveways; realign the intersection of Hollingsworth Road and Log Cabin Drive; adding a northbound left-turn-lane on Log Cabin Drive at Hollingsworth Road; and more.

Click here to watch a video about this milestone day, one that the Bellevue community has been looking forward to for many years.