At the Macon-Bibb County Commission Meeting on February 19, 2019, Pastor John Glover from Jordan Chapel Baptist Church gave the prayer prior to the meeting.

S.M.A.R.T. student Destani Davis led the Pledge of Allegiance. She’s 6 years old, and a rising second grader at M. A. Evans Academy where she maintains an A average. This year Miss Davis received the Outstanding Leadership Award and additional certificates for outstanding academics as she moved from Kindergarten to First Grade.  She is a dedicated member of the SMART Organization and is part of the SMART Chess Club. Even though she works hard academically and is well rounded she enjoys playing with her cousins, members of the SMART organization, and playing outside.

Also at the meeting, Mayor Robert Reichert read a proclamation and recognized Bibb County School Superintendent Curtis Jones on being awarded National School Superintendent of the year. They also recognized Tanzy Kilcrease on being named a Women in School Leadership Award Finalist by the School Superintendents Association. You can watch that presentation here. Scroll to the 5:15 mark.

Agenda items:

The Commission approved a resolution changing the guaranteed minimum interest rate of the fixed annuity contract available under the Macon-Bibb County Deferred Compensation Plan and Trust. 

Commissioners accepted two grants, $2,173 each, from Georgia County Internship Program Grant from ACCG’s Civic Affairs Foundation for a summer intern in the County Attorney’s Office and an intern in the Macon Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office.

The board approved a lease agreement with River Edge Behavioral Health Center for office space at 175 Emery Highway for $403,750.08 per year.

Commissioners approved a Memorandum of Understanding with Middle Georgia State University for the installation of a public wi-fi network in Rosa Parks Square and Poplar Street Park. The money comes from a Downtown Challenge Grant.

The Commission approved new Code sections to provide for temporary continuation of alcohol licenses for certain changes of business ownership.

Another step in the fight against blight. The Board approved establishing a Community Redevelopment Tax Incentive Program to assist in remediating and/or redeveloping blighted properties.

Commissioners consented to the issuance of previously authorized unissued portions of UDA Taxable Revenue Bonds.

The Commission authorized up to $100,000 in voter-approved SPLOST funds as a local match for the Jeffersonville Road Improvement Project.

Commissioners authorized up to $865,278 in voter-approved SPLOST funds to be distributed equally between the Health Department and Rivers Edge Behavioral Health Center.

The Board authorized up to $480,710 in voter-approved SPLOST funds for a firefighting ensemble, thermal imaging camera, self-contained breathing apparatus, and a service truck for the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department.

Commissioners authorized the transfer of up to $482,500 from voter-approved SPLOST funds for the Tubman Museum capital campaign.

Commissioners authorize up to $61,600 from voter-approved SPLOST funds for a final payment to BTBB for the renovation project at The Grand Opera House.

The Board approved the 19th Amendment to the SPLOST Timeline to reflect changes in The Tubman Museum and the Grand Opera House.

Commissioners authorized the sale of 2,261 square feet of property in a county right-of-way adjacent to 218 Madison Street to Land Bank Authority.

Commissioners approved flying a National League of Families POW/MIA Flag underneath the American Flags at Government Center, County Courthouse. 

Commissioners declared opposition to House Bill 302, which preempts local government building design standards for one- and two-family dwellings. 

Our County Commission Meetings are every first and third Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. in Commission Chambers (700 Poplar Street.) You can watch live on our Facebook page, at MaconBibb.TV, and on Channel 14.