Here is everything you need to know from this week’s Bibb County Commission Meeting:
A new traffic light at Coliseum Drive and Main Street intersection-
Bibb Commission voted for the $175,000 project at Tuesday's meeting. The county says the light is needed for safety reasons. The Macon Arts Alliance and others in the community say this light will help bring people to the neighborhood behind the intersection and make the area grow.
“You can't connect Ocmulgee, which is just down here to our convention center and downtown in a walkable bikeable way, if people can’t get across Coliseum Drive. We realize this was a fundamental piece of our project to bring vitality back to the houses that are back here,” said Executive Director of Urban Development Authority, Alex Morrison.
“One of the good things about having this light at the intersection is it’s going to make it a lot easier to visit the future park that’s going here, visit the future art center and visit the Ocmulgee National Monument,” says the Director of Creative Place Making for Macon Arts Alliance, Jonathan Harwell-Dye.
Moye Electric Company Inc. is the construction company installing the light.
A company was chosen to handle the concessionaire program at Amerson River Park-
In a 5-3 vote, Bibb County commissioners voted for Allsouth Tubing Inc. to handle all recreational activities at Amerson River Park.
Allsouth's CEO, Jeff Jeff McCullough, says the architects and engineers will be down at the park in the next few weeks to begin planning. McCullough says now that they have the bid they will start figuring out what services they will provide. He says they plan to offer activities year around.
“The summer activities are what most people have known about. The kayaking, tubing, canoeing all those things, but there’s been a lot of winter operation things that have been discussed. Ice skating rink and snow tubing,” says McCullough.
McCullough says they still want to reach out to the other bidder, Ocmulgee Outdoor Expeditions, to try and build a program that works for everybody.
The 2016-2017 group of Macon-Bibb County Youth Commissioners were sworn in
30 high school sophomores, juniors and seniors were recognized at tonight's Bibb County Commission meeting for being selected into the Youth Commission Program. Judge Verda Colvin swore in the new group for the 2016-17 year. The students were chosen from nine public and private schools in the area after an application and interview process. The group will have the opportunity to work with the community and learn how the government works.
Two employees of the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department were recognized-
Macon-Bibb County's Fire Chief Marvin Riggins and firefighter Lieutenant Gregory Beni were both recognized at tthe Bibb Commission Meeting. Chief Riggins’ first recognition was for receiving fire chief certification by the Georgia Associations of Fire Chiefs. Both Riggins and Beni were recognized by the county for awards they received by the Georgia State Firefighters Association. Chief Riggins won the fire chief of the year and Lieutenant Beni won the Firefighter of the Year award.
“Georgia has more than 600 fire departments within itself, and all of those leaders of those departments are doing an outstanding job day in and day out. And to be selected among our peers and from the board of the Georgia Fire Chiefs, it’s quite humbling and quite special of an award,” says Chief Riggins.
“Macon itself is a very strong fire department. We all work hard as strong brotherhood here. We all learn from each other, and we all teach each other and we work really well together and I believe that stands for a lot for the state of Georgia and the fire departments,” says Lieutenant Beni.
Both men mentioned how proud they are to work for Bibb County.
Mary Grace Shaw, 13WMAZ