City of Macon
The official map of the current route for the 2013 Christmas Parade for Sunday December 8th.
To help provide for a smooth transition to the new Macon-Bibb County government, a team from the City and County has been meeting weekly to develop and implement a plan to begin consolidating offices where possible. As stated by Brittain Thompson Bray Brown, Inc. to the Transition Task Force, combining offices can be likened to a set of dominoes: one group must move out before another can move in.
The first offices to consolidate will be Human Resources, Finance, Risk Management, and Purchasing. It was important to have HR and Finance moved and settled before January 1 so they could focus on paying bills and managing payroll. Risk Management and Purchasing are two offices closely associated with the other two, so they are included in the first round of moves.
Below are the new locations for the consolidated offices once the moves are complete.
Payroll (as of December 2, 2013)
City Hall, 700 Poplar Street, 3rd Floor
This December, City of Macon’s Municipal Court will have an amnesty period for people with unpaid, overdue citations. If a person will come to first floor of City Hall at 700 Poplar Street and pay the entire initial fine, any fines added due to not appearing in court will be waived.
“We recognize that people miss court dates for many reasons, some perfectly excusable, and this will save them the aggravation of going through the process of setting another date and trying to save enough money for the additional fine,” says Judge Robert Faulkner. “It also provides a way for the Court to collect fines that may not have been paid for many months as people saved their money and went through the court process.”
During the holiday season, the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department would like to identify some turkey fryer hazards and offer some fire safety tips to ensure that you and your family have a fun and safe holiday.
At a press conference at Macon City Hall on November 21, the City of Macon and Medical Center of Central Georgia announced the official launch of StandTogether’s new international Sister City cancer survivor and caregiver support website. The site is accessible at www.standtogetherwebsite.com and is in both English and Russian.
StandTogether is the collaborative effort of cancer survivors, caregivers, educators, business leaders, health care, and technology professionals between the Sister Cities of Macon and Ulyanovsk in the Russian Federation. Recognizing no one, regardless of geography, should fight cancer alone, its mission is to provide an international forum and community to share, support, encourage and strengthen one another in the global fight against cancer.
“We are bringing the people of Macon and Ulyanovsk closer together by building and providing a network of support and caring for people around the world,” says Macon Mayor Robert Reichert. “Our hope is that families dealing with cancer can find resources, information, and support from across the globe to help them in their fight. Cancer is a disease that impacts entire families, and by making these types of connections, families won’t have to fight it alone.”
As part of an ongoing collaborative effort by the Macon-Bibb County Consolidation Transition Task Force, Middle Georgia Regional Commission, City of Macon, and Bibb County to keep the public information about the consolidation process, an update from the most recent Transition Task Force meeting is being provided. It includes information about a recommended organization chart, an update about the new technology systems, an ordinance for coin-operated amusement machines, and the recent financial statement.
It also includes a schedule of the upcoming meetings between the Transition Task Force, Mayor-Elect, and Commissioners-Elect. (This schedule can also be found by clicking here: http://cityofmacon.net/node/23669) Please note the change in location for the November 15 and December 11 meetings, as they will not be held at the Middle Georgia Regional Commission, as previously announced.
Beginning Friday, November 8, The Macon-Bibb County Consolidation Transition Task Force will begin meeting with newly elected officials of the new, consolidated Macon-Bibb County government. Though not sworn in to office, yet, and unable to make any decisions, Robert Reichert, City of Macon Mayor and Macon-Bibb County Mayor-Elect, asked for the meetings so the officials could begin hearing from the Committees about their recommendations for the government and the process used to reach them.
“Having these meetings ahead of January 1 will give newly elected officials and the public a chance to hear about everything that has been done to prepare for the new government,” says Mayor Reichert. “This will provide time for people to ask questions, hear from the public, and be ready to make decisions on the first day of the new government. This is an historic moment, and we need to seize on every chance to move the process forward.”
The third round of the City of Macon’s 5x5 Program began in Ward IV on Monday, October 14, and will continue through Friday, November 15. This round of the program kicked off with the demolition of an abandoned and dilapidated house at 1612 Pio Nono Lane, the 46th to be torn down since July 1, 2013. The public can view the City’s progress with abandoned house demolition by going to http://demo.cityofmacon.net.
“We are cleaning up and improving our neighborhoods street by street and block by block,” says Mayor Reichert. “We have focused our services in more than 325 square blocks of Macon, and we are ahead of schedule to hit our goal of 100 demolished houses this year.”
Each month, the City of Macon publishes its SPLOST financial statement so people can see how the voter-approved penny tax is being used to improve our community.
The Finalists for Rand McNally’s Best of the Road contest were announced Thursday, and Macon finished in the Top Five for Friendliest City in America. Macon made it to the top five because of votes cast online after a social media push from the City and many local organizations and individuals.
“Once again, our community used social media to let the country know what a great place Macon is to live, work, and play,” says Macon Mayor Robert Reichert. “First, they showed support for improving the Second Street Corridor by winning the Paint What Matters contest and have now let the country know what great people live here. This speaks volumes for the type of community we are in Macon: friendly, active, and supportive.”
The third round of the City of Macon’s 5x5 Program for Ward III began Tuesday, September 9 and will continue to Friday, October 11. The area receiving the focused services is bordered by Calloway Drive, Rogers Place, Culver Street, and Forest Avenue and is adjacent to the second area that received the focused services. The areas are selected so that the City can improve, the neighborhoods in a block by block approach. (See map linked below.)
The media are invited to see some of the work being done Friday, September 13, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The Mayor will be there approximately 10:15-11:00 a.m. with community leaders to talk about the progress and the abandoned houses that were demolished.
In this post is the City of Macon’s financial statement for SPLOST funds for July 1 – August 31, 2013. Some highlights of ongoing projects and media coverage are also included.
The administration and City Council are working diligently to utilize your tax dollars efficiently and to provide you with an excellent level of services. Enclosed with this letter is your property tax bill for Fiscal Year 2014 (July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014). This budget was balanced without a change to the current millage rate, includes pension funds that continue to remain strongly funded, and has a low debt ratio a government its size.
In the upcoming year, we will continue to implement ways to improve our neighborhoods, including using our 5x5 Program to focus services in a specific area, attack blight by demolishing dilapidated buildings, and partnering with other agencies to clean vacant lots. We also will continue to focus on economic development through the use of enterprise and opportunity zones, Tax Allocation Districts, proactively seeking out industries to locate here, and creating a friendly environment for small businesses.