Folks in Macon will soon see homeless meters spread out through downtown.
Tuesday night, city council gave their unanimous approval for the Leadership Macon group to continue with the project.
They plan to install 9 meters, where people can empty their pocket change and fill the needs of homeless people throughout the city.
Leadership Macon members, like Chris Tsavatewa, say it's part of their campaign to make more positive impacts on the community. He says getting the city on board was a big step, but they still have a lot of work to do before getting the meters up and running.
He says, "We will quickly move forward to identify those areas downtown, those pedestrian pathways, those areas that we know have concentrations of businesses and residents, so we can find the best locations for those stations."
He says they hope to have the meters installed by November.
At the same meeting, council also passed an ordinance to give the city more power to monitor coin-operated gaming machines.
State law limits the payouts from those machines to five dollars. It also restricts the number of units that can be located at a business.
Councilman Tom Ellington says the new Macon law only requires one instance of bad behavior to give the city permission to penalize a businesses. They also tied in a business' liquor licence with their gaming machine licence to give more incentive to follow the rules.
Those businesses who have the gaming machines will also have to make sure they are visible and will have to male periodic reports to the city about their use.
The Macon police and fire pension plan also popped up on Tuesday's agenda.
Council approved it at their last meeting, but this week they had to amend some of the dates in the plan because the original times had already passed.
The new pension document must pass two consecutive city council meetings before October 2nd.
That means they must approve the new version again at their next meeting in two weeks., which is on the same day as their deadline.