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In early February, the former Buildings and Properties Department from Bibb County joins the Central Services Department from the City of Macon at 1000 7th Street. The new operations, as agreed upon by the current department heads, will be called Facilities Management. The public can reach the combined Facilities Management Department by calling 478-751-9260 or 478-751-9147.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, February 25 and 26, there will be single lane closures on Log Cabin Road near the bridge from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. as crews take core samples.
These samples are the precursor for design and construction of the road improvements from Alton Avenue to just past Emily Street. Improvements include street repair, improving and adding sidewalks, and improving storm drainage, and are being funded by the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) that was approved by voters in November 2010.
“We asked for these specific times for the closures so as to minimize the impact to traffic during the morning and evening as people went to and from work,” says Nigel Floyd, Macon-Bibb Traffic Engineer.
Following a briefing about the weather forecast, it has been decided that Macon-Bibb County government offices will be closed on Wednesday, February 12, 2014. A decision about Thursday will be made after weather briefings on Wednesday.
Crews from Public Works will be working with the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Management Agency to monitor road conditions and spread salt on bridges and intersections, as needed. To report dangerous road conditions or fallen tree limbs and power lines, call 478-832-6300.
For updates on the weather, please watch your local media or follow the Macon-Bibb County Emergency Management Agency on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconbibbema)and Twitter (www.twitter.com/maconbibbcoema). Winter weather and heating safety tips are posted online (www.cityofmacon.net/node/23968).
The schedule for the Macon-Bibb County Commission Committee Meetings for february 11, 2014 is attached below.
At a Commission Work Session on January 14, Macon-Bibb Mayor Robert Reichert and County Manager Dale Walker presented the final full-year audits for the City of Macon and Bibb County. These audits spanned Fiscal Year 2013, which was from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013.
In addition to reviewing the audits, it was announced that the City of Macon had been recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its FY2014 budget.
“In just five years, we reduced the number of Audit Findings for the City of Macon from 30 to 1, and Bibb County has had no audit findings for five consecutive years,” says Macon-Bibb Mayor Robert Reichert. “Our thanks and gratitude goes to the budgeting and finance teams from the City and County because their work and effort better prepared Macon-Bibb County to move our community forward,
On Thursday, January 16, the Obama Administration announced it is expanding the Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) Initiative to seven additional cities, including Macon-Bibb County. At a press conference that day in the Commission Chambers in the Macon-Bibb Government Center, Mayor Robert Reichert thanked the people attending as they represented the departments and partners that helped make this happen. To watch the full press conference, click here: To watch the press conference in its entirety, click here: http://maconbibb.tv/node/99.
“This is a thrilling time for Macon-Bibb County as we attract national attention for our ability, our willingness, and our capacity to overcome the challenges so many cities across the country are facing,” says Mayor Reichert. “We are turning around 40 years of blight and decline in our community and creating a better place for our children and grandchildren to live, work, learn, and play.”
As a participant, Macon-Bibb will have a federal inter-agency expert team deployed to work alongside city leadership, community organizations, local businesses, and philanthropic foundations to advance our vision for economic growth and development. The primary goal is to help Macon-Bibb more effectively invest existing resources, provide advice, and expertise in support of local priorities, better align federal programs and investments, and facilitate new partnerships and peer learning opportunities wherever possible.
The Macon-Bibb County Commission will meet in Athens, GA for Strategic Planning workshops on January 31 and February 1. The Commission and staff will be staying and meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn at 390 East Washington Street.
“We want to use this chance to focus the efforts and work of our government on truly moving our community forward,” says Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert. “We will be speaking with one voice and will have one vision to move us forward, and this is the start of determining what that voice and vision will be.”
Following a briefing from the National Weather Service and discussions with other organizations, Macon-Bibb County will close at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 28, and remain closed all day Wednesday, January 29. The Commission Work Session on Tuesday night is also cancelled. Emergency personnel and the Roads Division of Public Works should report to work as scheduled.
Crews from Public Works will be available to spread salt on bridges and major intersections as snow accumulates. To report fallen tree limbs, dangerous road conditions, or accumulation of snow, call the Emergency Management Agency at 478-832-6300.
Follow Macon-Bibb County EMA on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MaconBibbEMA) and Twitter (@MaconBibbCoEMA)
The Macon-Bibb County Fire Department has received numerous phone calls reporting heavy smoke in Bibb County. Upon investigating this issue, it has been determined that a permit was issued by the GA Forestry Commission to a property owner to conduct an Agricultural Burn of 400 acres located on Upper River Road in Jones County.
Macon-Bibb is being affected by the smoke due to wind shifting. There is no immediate threat to property damage in Macon-Bibb, although the smoky conditions will likely continue over the next 24-48 hours depending on the wind. The Fire Department will continue with updates as conditions warrant.
The Ocmulgee Heritage Trail reopened on Saturday, January 14, 2014. The boat ramp near Spring Street, though, remains closed. The Macon-Bibb County Fire Department intends to clean it off this weekend.
The Trail was reopened after cleaning during the week by the Department of Public Works and Saturday morning by volunteer crews typically used to pick up litter along Macon-Bibb’s major roadways.
The volunteer crews, after working on the Trail, picked up litter along Broadway and helped with a neighborhood cleanup in Lynmore Estates. This targeted litter removal initiative began in January 2013 and has removed more than 100,000 pounds of debris and trash from the streets.
C-SPAN to reveal Macon history and highlight authors during week-long visit
Mayor Robert Reichert, The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and Cox Communications will welcome the national network for a showcase event as they kick off a week-long visit to record and feature the city’s history and literary life.
Macon-Bibb Mayor Robert Reichert will host the first Mayor’s Night In of the new, consolidated government on Monday, January 13, 2014, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in his office at the Government Center (formerly known as City Hall).
Mayor’s Night in allows citizens to ask questions and express concerns directly to the Mayor. To accommodate as many as possible, people are provided five minutes with the Mayor, and they are encouraged to call 478-751-7170 to schedule a time.
On Wednesday, January 8, Macon-Bibb County will demolish three abandoned and dilapidated houses at 606, 614, and 638 Rutherford Avenue. The demolition will begin at 12:00 p.m. after comments from Macon-Bibb Mayor Robert Reichert and other elected officials.
The Mayor has set a goal for 100 abandoned and dilapidated houses to be demolished each year, and with this round of demolitions, 61 houses will have been demolished since July 1. The Departments of Engineering and Public Works will be working together on this demolition, with crews from each participating.
“We must continue to attack blight in our neighborhoods, and removing these dangerous buildings is crucial to that effort,” says Mayor Reichert.
Click on 'Read More' for an update on weather information and closings in Macon-Bibb. As more information becomes available or decisions made, we will send them out publicly.
Macon-Bibb Emergency Management Agency will here a briefing at 4:00 p.m. Sunday about the severe winter weather expected the next few days. The briefing will be held in the EMA bunker next to the Macon-Bibb Government Center.
The Macon-Bibb Communications Center started county-wide dispatching January 1, 2014. The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office would like to make you aware of the phone numbers you will need to call for requesting law enforcement services. The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number is now (478) 751-7500. The emergency number is 9-1-1. For Administrative Services of the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office call (478)746-9441.
On Tuesday, December 31, 2013, the Mayor and Commissioners for the consolidated Macon-Bibb County were sworn in to office in a ceremony at City Hall. Following the Ceremony, the Mayors and Commissioners held a meeting to formally adopt ordinances recommended by the Transition Task Force and to appoint certain administrative positions outlined in the Charter.
“On the day when the whole world celebrates the end of an old year and the beginning of a new one, with the opportunity for a fresh start and a new beginning, we gather to officially begin a new era in Macon-Bibb County, the fourth largest city in Georgia,” Macon-Bibb Mayor Robert Reichert said.
The City of Macon has published its FY2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. It was developed by the City’s Finance Office working with a team from Mauldin & Jenkins, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants and covers the time period from July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013.
The Ocmulgee Heritage Trail was closed Sunday evening, December 29, 2013, and will remain closed until Thursday, January 2, 2014. According to the Macon-Bibb County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), the Ocmulgee River has risen above the flood stage of 18 feet and will lead to minor flooding along the Trail. EMA and the Department of Public Works expect to reopen the Trail on Thursday, January 2, 2014, depending on the water levels.