The third round of the City of Macon’s 5×5 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.”

To view a map of the areas in Ward IV receiving the focused services, click on the file link below.

Highlights from the first two rounds of the 5×5 Program include:

• 40 hours spent distributing fliers about the importance of having a household safety plan;
• The Macon-Bibb County Fire Department spending 66 hours distributing free or checking existing smoke detectors;
• Almost 1,500 hours spent by the Macon Police Department directly interacting with people in the area and hearing their concerns;
• Almost 30,000 feet of curbs and 317 feet of cross walks and handicap markers repainted by Central Services;
• 100 sign posts repainted, 500 new signs installed, 113 sign posts installed, and 84 signs cleaned by Central Services;
• 10 new street lights installed and 2 repaired and 150 feet of fence replaced by Central Services; and
• Public Works used 880 hours to repair concrete, 631 hours to repair asphalt, 412 hours to repair storm drains, and 2,611 hours to repair sidewalks.

About the 5×5 Program
The 5×5 Program is a process for the City of Macon to enhance and target services in a five block area for five weeks. Along with the targeted services, the City strives to engage the community by asking for assistance on projects and hosting events to build a sense of ownership in the improvement process.

This Program is included the “Safety and Services in Every Neighborhood” principle of the Mayor’s Strategic Plan. To help focus the work of the City in its final year, the Mayor and staff identified three major areas of focus – day-to-day operations, consolidation, and strategic projects – which are organized under the B.E.S.T. principles:

Build a Sustainable Community.
Educate our Citizens.
Safety and Services in every neighborhood.
Transit and Technology throughout the region.

To view the Mayor’s Strategic Plan for the City of Macon, click on the link below.