Bibb commissioners voted on making several moves within the county. Here is a look at some of those decisions.
Golf professionals can now offer lessons out at Bowden Golf Course, but not for free.
In a seven to two vote, Bibb commissioners approved a resolution to make golf professionals pay the county 10% of what they receive to use the course.
Teachers also have to pay to use golf balls and schedule any appointments through the course general manager.
Commissioner Elaine Lucas says this could help attract more people to come out to the course.
“I think this opens up one more opportunity, and I like the idea of it now being limited to one person, that there may be multiple teachers who are interested in providing classes,” says Lucas.
Macon skatepark getting renovations
Macon could soon have one of the nicest skateparks on the east coast.
Tuesday, Bibb commissioners approved using a California company to build phase two of the Central City Skatepark.
SPLOST coordinator Clay Murphey says phase two includes a competition skate bowl which he says will make this park one of the few that has both a urban and competitive skating.
Murphey says judging off of the skate competition they had two weeks ago, this addition could bring even more people from all over the country to Macon for competitions.
“They were from California, Oregon, Ohio, Indiana. I mean, they came from all over the country for that. When we add the competition bowl, you could have two levels. You could have a two-day competition. Do an urban skate one day and do cumulative points with a bowl skate the next day. I mean it really allows the reach of our skatepark to be international,” says Murphey.
Murphey says the company should break ground in the next few weeks.
Macon auditorium gets kitchen renovations
The Macon city auditorium is getting all new kitchen appliances which could lead to more events there.
Bibb commissioners approved spending more than $64,000 of 2012 SPLOST funds to renovate the kitchen.
The general manager of the auditorium, David Aiello, says right now they are not able to cook anything in the kitchen.
“In some instances because it's been so big we've had to get caterers from Athens Atlanta to come in and help us and obviously for our clients. It drives the prices up because they have to come in from such a distance, so it's going to help them too,” says Aiello.
Aiello says the kitchen should be up and running come fall.