News Line for Macon

Macon-Bibb could turn annex building into apartments
The Macon-Bibb County government annex building, named for former City Councilman Willie C. Hill, could become loft apartments or mixed-use retail and residential space.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Tattnall Square Park upgrades continue
The Friends of Tattnall Square Park have money in hand to make most of the changes to put the historic park back in top condition, group chairman Andrew Silver told Macon-Bibb County commissioners Tuesday evening.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb animal shelter, Tattnall park may get more money
Shuffling sales tax money from one project to another would allow the new Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare Center to open fully equipped and on schedule, the manager of sales tax projects said Monday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Plans for liquor store in Macon dropped after neighbors object
Plans for a liquor store on Moseley Dixon Road at Pineworth Road have been dropped by the owner after learning neighbors were against it.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Rezoning sought to allow liquor store on Moseley Dixon Road
A Moseley Dixon Road convenience store owner is looking to expand by adding a liquor store business next door, but the property must first be rezoned.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon Downtown Airport legal fight moves to Fulton County
A Bibb County judge has cleared the way for a lawsuit over Macon Downtown Airport safety to continue in Fulton County.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Airport's future is not in passenger service
Once again, Macon-Bibb County is looking for an airline. Silver Airways has announced its intention to pull out of the Macon Regional Airport by Nov. 5, ending flights to Atlanta and Orlando.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Emergency radio range expands across Middle Georgia
CGIRRS. It’s a cumbersome acronym for a smoother way to communicate: The Central Georgia Interoperable Regional Radio System covers Macon-Bibb, Monroe and now Peach counties, putting emergency services in those places on the same radio network.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb sets millage rate
A tax cut is coming for residents who live within the old Macon city limits, while residents of the formerly unincorporated area of Bibb County won’t see a change in this year’s property tax rates.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Reichert: Macon-Bibb blight would need ‘massive injection of funds’
It will take a “massive, massive injection of funds,” perhaps $20 million to $30 million, to thoroughly tackle the problem of blight in Macon-Bibb County, Mayor Robert Reichert said Friday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon’s first roundabout opens at College and Oglethorpe streets
The roundabout at the corner of College and Oglethorpe streets, and the adjacent block of College fronting Tattnall Square Park are now open to traffic.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Blight speaker: Understand where blight is to fix it
To understand blight, you really have to understand what it is and where it is, a Detroit native told attendees of a Macon blight conference Thursday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

I Love Macon sculpture ready for unveiling
It took a crane to lift the nearly half-ton statue of a black M with a red heart off a trailer and into Daisy Park on Thursday afternoon.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb moves to address blight
Macon-Bibb County commissioners took a step Tuesday toward a major commitment in fighting urban blight, giving tentative approval to a comprehensive study of the problem and possible bond funding for cleaning up blighted property.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb property tax debated
Two of the three planned public hearings for setting the Macon-Bibb County property tax rate were held Tuesday. No actual increase is planned -- and property owners within the former city limits of Macon will see a tax cut -- but state law requires this year’s rate to be advertised as a tax hike.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb may go big on fighting blight
With the task of consolidating the city and county government behind them, some Macon-Bibb County officials are hoping to throw greater force into combating blight.
Source: Macon Telegraph

New uniforms of Bibb sheriff’s deputies help create new, consolidated identity
When the Macon Police Department and the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office consolidated at the beginning of the year, the combined force adopted a new uniform of gray shirts with black pants with a gray stripe down the side of the pants. A gray hat eventually will be added.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Decision on Macon’s Douglass House demolition postponed again
After a more than hourlong discussion, Macon planning and zoning officials decided Monday to defer for 45 days a decision on a demolition permit for the Douglass House.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Jeffersonville Road work delayed another year
Construction of an improved Jeffersonville Road, in the works for 20 years, will be pushed back one more fiscal year, according to the latest draft of the local transportation improvement plan.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Broader beer sales allowed at growler shops
Macon-Bibb commissioners voted 7-0 Tuesday night, with Commissioner Mallory Jones absent, to allow by-the-drink sale of beer or wine at growler shops.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Striking touches part of Amerson River Park work
Nearing the halfway mark for construction, renovations at Amerson River Park are moving along on pace -- or even a bit early -- for a grand opening next year.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb broadens information with online video, other service
The night before Macon and Bibb County voters agreed to consolidated government, staff of what would become the Macon-Bibb Public Affairs Department snapped up a load of possible Internet domain names.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb property tax to be set
The Macon-Bibb County tax digest, used in setting annual property tax rates, will be printed Monday and shows a “slight decline” in local values. But the drop is not enough to require an increase in the millage rate, County Manager Dale Walker said.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Group calls for preservation of Douglass House
A group of Maconites is asking the community to support efforts to preserve the Douglass House.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Judge limits action in Bibb-Monroe border scrap
A Fulton County judge has moved to limit the remaining options for settling the disputed border between Bibb and Monroe counties, but Secretary of State Brian Kemp and Macon-Bibb County plan to appeal.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Granite “Macon 1823” sign close to finding new home
It’s not easy to get a public sign erected, given the red tape that’s often part of the process. Now imagine it’s 40 feet long and made of 10 tons of pink granite.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Douglass House demolition decision delayed
Macon’s zoning commission delayed Monday a decision on an application to demolish downtown’s historic Douglass House until its next meeting.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon P&Z to decide fate Monday of Douglass House
The fate of the historic Douglass House in downtown Macon may be decided Monday by the Macon-Bibb Planning & Zoning Commission.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Pay scale, promotions lag in Bibb sheriff’s consolidation
More than six months after Macon police and Bibb deputies merged, the sheriff’s office is becoming a united force, but some work remains.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Tillman calls for review board’s abolition
A Macon-Bibb County commissioner says the Design Review Board of the Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission should be abolished.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb residents to see tax changes
Macon-Bibb County property tax rates for the next year aren’t set yet, but it’s already known that there will be a tax hike -- at least on paper.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Beer by the glass may come to Macon-Bibb growler stores
Growler stores in Macon-Bibb County may soon be able to sell a glass of beer to be consumed on site instead of simply selling sealed jugs of alcohol to take home.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Design Review Board recommends denial of Douglass House demolition
The Design Review Board will recommend the zoning commission deny a demolition permit to the owner to tear down the historic Douglass House in Macon.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Downtown Macon master plan seeking ideas
Though still in the fact-finding stage, Macon’s new urban master plan has begun its digital life and already has led to improvements along Cherry Street.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb to keep AARP age-friendly label
Macon-Bibb County’s designation as the nation’s first “age-friendly community,” announced in 2012, is being renewed for another three years, Georgia AARP officials said Wednesday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Roundabout at College Street set to open in late August
A roundabout planned for the corner of College and Oglethorpe streets is set to be completed next month, restoring traffic flow along the busy corridor.
Source: Macon Telegraph

MTA gets Terminal Station
Macon-Bibb County commissioners voted 8-0 on Tuesday night to give the historic Terminal Station to the Macon Transit Authority, which manages the building and occupies part of it.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Plans to revamp downtown Macon’s Triple Triangle parks at a standstill
Plans to revamp three parks in downtown Macon are at a standstill.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Zoning variances approved for new Family Dollar planned for Macon
The Macon zoning commission gave its OK on Monday to two variance requests that will allow a new Family Dollar to be built in east Macon.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb commissioners updated on downtown parking meters, animal laws
Downtown development and animal control were on Macon-Bibb County commissioners’ agenda at a nonvoting work session Tuesday afternoon.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb moves to give Terminal Station to Macon Transit Authority
The Macon Transit Authority may soon own Terminal Station, the historic building at the foot of Cherry Street which it has occupied and managed for several years
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb fighting to halt suit over safety of airport runway
Macon-Bibb County is fighting to block a lawsuit over the safety of a Macon Downtown Airport runway.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb landfill passes latest state inspection
The Macon-Bibb County landfill has passed state environmental inspection for just the second time in two years, officials said Thursday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

White named new Macon-Bibb health department administrator
Former Macon City Councilwoman Nancy White was named as the new administrator of the Macon-Bibb County Health Department.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb looks to go beyond gasoline
Macon-Bibb County operates hundreds of vehicles, from lawn mowers to garbage trucks. Most of them run on gasoline, but a handful of assorted vehicles run on natural gas, propane, or a mix of gasoline and electricity.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb meets deadline to tear down 100th house
Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert took the first whacks Monday morning at an abandoned house at 2487 Houston Ave., after getting a quick primer on how to operate a trackhoe.
Source: Macon Telegraph

First budget in place for merged Macon-Bibb
Macon-Bibb County commissioners swiftly voted 8-0 Monday to approve a $159 million general fund budget, unchanged from what they endorsed June 19.
Source: Macon Telegraph

‘Guns everywhere’ law perplexes midstate governments
If you’re headed to get a car tag or attend a government meeting Tuesday, don’t be surprised to find yourself standing near someone strapped with a pistol.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Local heads come together to discuss Macon-Bibb gun violence
Seeking solutions to chronic gun violence in Macon, several leaders of local law enforcement, religious and hip-hop communities gathered Thursday evening to pitch their ideas.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb County firefighters among hometown heroes of American Red Cross
A routine cleanup after a morning accident on Interstate 75 suddenly turned into the call above all calls for Macon-Bibb County firefighters last July 11 when a fellow firefighter was struck by a passing motorist and hurled at least 50 feet into the air.
Source: Macon Telegraph

East Macon pool to stay open longer
A Macon-Bibb County committee voted 4-1 Tuesday morning to keep the swimming pool at East Macon Park open six days a week instead of three.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb budget vote deadline nearing
Macon-Bibb County commissioners are cutting the approval of their first consolidated budget very close, with a final vote scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, June 30 -- the last day of the current fiscal year.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Access for all eyed in Macon-Bibb ADA plan
Among the many other issues Macon-Bibb County has to deal with post-consolidation, officials are legally required to consider whether public buildings are accessible to the disabled.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb clears path to budget with more funds for agencies
Macon-Bibb County commissioners tentatively approved a budget Thursday that restores funding to just about all agencies that Mayor Robert Reichert had proposed cutting.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb Commissioners Vote To Change Georgia’s New Gun Law
Governor Nathan Deal will soon receive a resolution from the Macon-Bibb County government that the state’s new law on where guns can be carried needs to be changed.
Source: GPB News

Macon-Bibb budget hashed out at called meeting Thursday
A called meeting of the Macon-Bibb County Commission’s Committee of the Whole will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday for more discussion -- and possible revisions -- of the fiscal 2015 budget.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb commissioners give nod to hockey team
The minor-league hockey team now known as the Augusta RiverHawks got unanimous approval Tuesday to rent the Macon Coliseum for their home games, a big step toward moving the team to Middle Georgia.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb budget delayed amid questions
Macon-Bibb County commissioners voted 5-4 Tuesday night to send the consolidated government’s first full budget back to committee for more discussion.
Source: Macon Telegraph

New leader hired for Main Street Macon program
Steven Fulbright, already active in many groups in and around downtown, has been hired as Macon-Bibb County’s new Main Street Macon director.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Three Macon-Bibb commissioners call for more budget work
Three Macon-Bibb County commissioners called Monday for delaying a vote on the consolidated government’s first annual budget. They also want to add perhaps $2.5 million to the $158.7 million in general fund spending.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Planner: Macon-LaGrange highway more important with Savannah Harbor upgrades
The deepening of Savannah’s harbor and a planned expansion at Georgia’s Kia automobile plant could be the keys to a new highway study, says an advocate for the road.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb budget moves forward amid pleas for restored funding
The first Macon-Bibb County consolidated budget won formal approval Tuesday morning from the commission’s Operations & Finance Committee, but commissioners got an earful Tuesday night from various groups worried about possible funding cuts.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb asks judge to rule that airport improvements aren’t required
Macon-Bibb County lawyers have asked a judge to rule that the Macon Downtown Airport isn’t required to have certain improvements and doesn’t operate negligently without them.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb officials talk of push back on new gun law
Macon-Bibb County Commissioner Al Tillman hopes someone will mount a legal challenge to block the July 1 implementation of Georgia’s new gun law.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon Officials Say New Gun Law Is Driving Performers Away From Public Venues
Officials in Macon say at least one performer is threatening to pull out of an upcoming concert at one of two city-owned venues because there could be guns in the crowd.
Source: GPB News

Macon-Bibb tennis gets commissioners’ attention
A bare majority of Macon-Bibb County commissioners on Tuesday afternoon toured the John Drew Smith Tennis Center, looking over ongoing renovations and future plans.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Big development plans get Macon-Bibb endorsement
Macon-Bibb County commissioners pledged support and substantial funding Tuesday night for six major development projects. But for five of those, the funding pledge would only kick in if the projects get state approval for millions in credits.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Jones residents de-annexed from Macon to keep Macon-Bibb trash service
The Jan. 1 merger of Macon and Bibb County governments meant some changes for most residents, but probably none more so than about 170 households on the extreme east end of Macon.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb closing in on goal of 100 house demolitions
Macon-Bibb County knocked down its 91st house this fiscal year on Wednesday morning, clearing a lot in Lynmore Estates.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Bibb County adds ‘contested’ to Bibb-Monroe county line sign
The chairman of the Monroe County Commission said commissioners didn’t mean to start a spat when they posted a county line sign on New Forsyth Road. With concerns that motorists might become confused about the location of the Bibb-Monroe County border, Bibb County added a second sign May 15 denoting that the county line is “contested,” said Chris Floore, Macon-Bibb County spokesman.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb trimming animal shelter features
The new Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare center, though already under construction, is having various “beauty” features cut from its plan to close a $600,000 gap between the designer’s proposal and available funds.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb retirees mark time with souvenirs of service
When longtime employees of local government retire, they can expect a little more than promised pension benefits as thanks.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb commissioners disturbed by consequences of new gun law
Georgia’s new gun law means that Macon-Bibb County can’t forbid people from carrying firearms in parks and non-office public buildings such as City Auditorium, even if private groups rent out those facilities.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb backs projects for tax credits
Faced with a multitude of projects seeking endorsement and some financial commitment Tuesday, Macon-Bibb County commissioners chose to pledge support for them all -- knowing it’s unlikely more than one will get the development tax credits required for the local contribution to kick in.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb mulls building security, gun policy
Soon after Macon-Bibb County started work on merging city and county governments, officials began mulling tighter security at Macon City Hall, now renamed the Macon-Bibb County Government Center.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Report: Half of Middle Georgia cities lost population
About half of Middle Georgia’s cities lost population in a recent year, while growth in the rest slowed, new U.S. Census Bureau estimates suggest.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb looks for riverfront development permission
Macon-Bibb County officials are having another try at getting a site on the Ocmulgee riverfront approved for residential development.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb County Commission retreat focuses on vision, mission
Macon-Bibb County commissioners hammered out vision and mission statements for the 4 1/2 month old consolidated government during a seven-hour retreat Saturday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb starts weighing effects of budget cuts
To achieve a balanced budget that fit expected tax revenue, Macon-Bibb County finance officials had to plan on leaving many jobs open and cutting departments back to “shoestring budgets,” an assistant county manager told commissioners Friday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb pays tribute to fallen officers
With an American flag hanging from two aerial ladders, dozens of people gathered Friday morning at Public Safety Memorial Park to remember 28 people who died serving Macon and Bibb County.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Old Douglass home could be saved, moved
Twenty years ago, there was a move afoot to save the historic Douglass Theatre in downtown Macon. Now there’s a new effort to preserve the home of the man who built it.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Reichert proposes cutting money to Tubman, arts and sciences museum
The Tubman African American Museum and the Museum of Arts and Sciences both face the loss of $250,000 subsidies from Macon-Bibb County.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Reichert outlines plans for Macon’s immediate and long-term future
Addressing all three Macon Rotary Clubs Wednesday, Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert outlined his plans for the new government’s immediate and long-term future.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Reichert proposes $158.7 million general fund budget for Macon-Bibb
Residents in the former Macon city limits can expect a property tax cut along with a fire-protection fee increase, while residents of the former unincorporated Bibb County can expect to see a hike in utility franchise fees, according to the first Macon-Bibb County consolidated budget proposal.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon could lose airplane service again
Macon is in danger of losing airplane service at Middle Georgia Regional Airport. The federal government is considering pulling the subsidy that keeps Silver Airways flying in and out of the airport.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Ocmulgee riverfront project could be revived
Macon-Bibb County commissioners are trying to breathe life back into a major development site on the Ocmulgee riverfront.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Two former Macon schools get OK for housing units
Two abandoned former Macon schools may come back to life as multi-family residential developments.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Two multi-family projects to come before Macon’s zoning commission
Two multi-family residential developments -- both involving former school buildings -- are expected to be discussed Monday by the Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission.
Source: Macon Telegraph

City square plans worry Wilson Electric
Roger Wilson, 85, says he’s ready to fight. Faced with the intention of public officials to buy his land, the owner of Wilson Electric Co. at 557 Pine St. said he will do whatever it takes to resist, including legal action.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb commissioners move money to cover projects
Macon-Bibb County commissioners Tuesday approved reallocating $1.4 million from a 2013 bond issue to cover cost overruns in two of the planned projects.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon prepares for hurricane season
Workers from the American Red Cross, Department of Family and Children Services, the Bibb County Health Department and Macon-Bibb public safety departments are conducting a hurricane preparedness exercise through Thursday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Prayers are customary part of meetings in Macon, Warner Robins
The former Macon City Council and Bibb County Commission both began their meetings with regular prayers -- Macon’s, at least, were written into the council’s bylaws -- and that tradition carried over to the new Macon-Bibb County Commission, which took over Jan. 1.
Source: Macon Telegraph

High costs, bare budgets to delay Macon-Bibb projects
Macon-Bibb County commissioners and members of the Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority board have some tough choices to make since two buildings under renovation are coming in well over budget.
Source: Macon Telegraph

East Macon senior housing planned by Macon Housing Authority
The Macon Housing Authority wants to turn Hunt Elementary School, closed for a decade, into 60 apartments for low-income senior citizens.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Filmore Thomas plans draw strong reaction
Lake or no lake, people who live around the proposed Filmore Thomas Recreation Area are determined to see something done with the 22-acre plot.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb zoning commission OKs rezoning near Pio Nono
The Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission approved Monday a request to rezone about 20 acres near Pio Nono Avenue at Interstate 75.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon officials to consider rezoning property near Pio Nono Avenue
The Macon-Bibb County zoning commission is expect to consider Monday a rezoning request for about 20 acres near Pio Nono Avenue at Interstate 75.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb’s new radio system up and running
The $7.7 million, all-digital, 800-megahertz system from Harris Corporation RF Communications has been installed and was fully implemented last week. “Everything I hear, pardon the pun, it’s all good,” Mayor Robert Reichert told communications workers during a celebration luncheon.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb department renamed, repurposed
Goodbye Inspections & Fees. Hello Business & Development Services. The Macon-Bibb County department has been renamed as it takes on new duties, according to government spokesman Chris Floore.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb commission likes but doesn’t fund Macon Gardens work
An Atlanta-based development firm asked the Macon-Bibb County Commission on Tuesday for $500,000 toward redeveloping the troubled Macon Gardens Apartments.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Midstate government officials grapple with gun bill
Signs posted at each entrance to Warner Robins City Hall proclaim the carrying of firearms “upon these premises is strictly prohibited” under state law. Gov. Nathan Deal is expected Wednesday to sign a bill that would upend that law, allowing guns in most government offices.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Local agencies set to get new round of federal money
Ten local agencies are recommended to receive a cut of federal Community Development Block Grant funding this year through the Macon-Bibb County government.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb 911 operators celebrate Telecommunications Week
The men and women who respond to cries for help coming into the Macon-Bibb 911 Center lightened things up a bit during this week’s National Public Safety Telecommunications Week.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb looks to balance tax loss with better bond rating
As Macon-Bibb County seeks a better bond rating, the government is adopting policies and hiring consultants to help make it happen.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb industries to be part of new effort cleaning roadways
Wood Fiber Technologies LLC, located in the Airport South Industrial Park, is one of the first companies to participate in a new effort to clean up roadways as part of Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful’s Adopt-A-Spot program.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb to pick Animal Welfare, other directors Wednesday
Potentially controversial choices await Macon-Bibb County commissioners Wednesday, as they’re expected to choose the heads of three government departments.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon Mall: Self-taxing improvement district delayed until 2015
Owners of Macon Mall are postponing for a year their attempt to create a self-taxing district along Eisenhower Parkway.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Personal care home in east Macon gets P&Z approval
The Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission approved an application Monday to build a new nursing home on Jeffersonville Road.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb P&Z to consider new nursing home
The Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission will consider on Monday an application to build a new nursing home on Jefferson Road.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Roundabout work drawing praise, objections
Is it a traffic safety enhancement that will boost the look of the neighborhood near Tattnall Square Park or an annoyance that will yield only marginal benefits?
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon landfill work goes on
Work on fixing problems at Macon-Bibb County’s Walker Road Landfill, hit with a $70,000 fine last week, should be complete by May 5, officials said Tuesday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

New Macon-Bibb department heads preparing for jobs
Most of the newly chosen department heads for the consolidated Macon-Bibb County have a long history with the former city or county governments, but their new roles are sure to take some adjustment.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Reichert honors service workers
Mayor Robert Reichert lauded people who volunteer to serve the community Tuesday, praising them during the second Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb approves department heads, delays Animal Welfare director vote
Macon-Bibb County commissioners voted 8-1 Tuesday night to approve 15 department heads for the consolidated government -- after removing one job, director of Animal Welfare, from the list.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb commissioner calls for Dallemand investigation
Macon-Bibb Commissioner Mallory Jones has added his voice to those seeking a criminal investigation of the actions of former Bibb County school Superintendent Romain Dallemand.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Pieces of Macon’s Second Street plan to soon fall into place
All along Macon’s 3.5-mile Second Street Corridor, pieces are getting ready to move into place.
Source: Macon Telegraph

New Macon-Bibb department heads to be named
Sixteen department heads in the Macon-Bibb County government are expected to be chosen Tuesday evening.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Jeffersonville Road stretch getting interim fix
People have complained about Jeffersonville Road for nearly 20 years, and a full reworking is still some time off.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Tesla Motors picked downtown Macon for possible charging station
The Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority on Thursday discussed setting aside parking spaces in a downtown lot as a super charging station for Tesla Motors.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Self-taxing plan for Eisenhower improvements draws interest, not opposition
Within three weeks, Macon Mall’s owners hope to get the necessary majority of property owners along Eisenhower Parkway to support a self-taxing district that would improve the commercial corridor.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Consultants: Some work may make Macon riverfront viable for housing
A 10-acre site along the Ocmulgee River in downtown Macon should still be possible for residential development despite ground contamination, consultants told Macon-Bibb County commissioners Tuesday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Plans laid out for renovating Cherry Street building
If all goes well, the former Lamar drugstore at 552 Cherry St. could be full of new residents and businesses by next February, developer Connie Broun told Macon-Bibb County commissioners Tuesday morning.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon Mall wants help improving Eisenhower
The owners of Macon Mall are asking commercial property owners along Eisenhower Parkway to chip in and help revitalize the commercial corridor.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Zoning officials to reconsider sports field lighting at Covenant in Macon
Macon-Bibb County zoning officials are expected to reconsider Monday a request from Covenant Academy to add lighting to its sports field.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Celebrated Central City Park structures get face-lift
Two of the most well-known structures in Central City Park are getting a face-lift.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Committee gives thumbs-up to bigger Ocmulgee National Monument
Macon-Bibb County commissioners gave tentative endorsement Tuesday morning to expanding Ocmulgee National Monument by 2,100 acres, part of a long-term effort to get it named as Middle Georgia’s first national park. The monument now covers 702 acres.
Source: Macon Telegraph

P&Z commission delays decision on lighting for Macon private school athletic field
Macon-Bibb County zoning officials decided Monday to delay making a decision on a permit requested by Covenant Academy to add lighting to its sports field.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Covenant Academy seeks lighting approval for athletic field
A private school in Macon is planning to upgrade its practice field with lighting as part of a plan to add a football stadium, a track field and concession stand in the coming years.
Source: Macon Telegraph

One Macon study: Concerted effort needed on longstanding problems
Schools, jobs and places -- those are the three pillars Macon-Bibb County needs to build as the base for a successful future, according to a “One Macon!” study.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Bibb lawmakers wrangle over homestead property tax proposal
A state House of Representatives bill that could cut property taxes for some of Bibb County’s poorest homeowners has run into adverse winds in the Senate because of what it could cost Macon-Bibb County and the local school system.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Former Macon mayor Buck Melton dead at 90
Buck Melton Sr. had hoped to live to be 100, so he could celebrate during the 200th anniversary of Macon.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb approves new animal shelter contract
A $2 million construction contract for a new Macon-Bibb County animal shelter won unanimous approval from Macon-Bibb County commissioners Tuesday night.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Fewer cameras on new Macon-Bibb government
For nearly the last two years of its existence, all meetings of Macon City Council were recorded, broadcast on public-access cable and archived online.
Source: Macon Telegraph