Bibb commissioners to encourage ride-sharing among employees

pramati@macon.comJanuary 15, 2013 

Bibb County commissioners approved Tuesday a measure that will encourage county employees to use carpools and vanpools as part of the Georgia Clean Air Campaign’s strategy of reducing pollution caused by traffic congestion.

Kenyon Thweatt, a program specialist with the Clean Air Campaign, told commissioners during Tuesday’s committee meetings that the coalition provides incentives to employees, such as gift cards, to participate in its Ride Share program using carpools, vanpools, public transportation, telecommuting and other means besides driving to go to work.

Thweatt told commissioners that by participating in the program, it helps organizations cut down on traffic and parking issues while improving overall air quality.

Kari Kitchens, grant resources manager for the county, said Bibb County was already ahead of the curve since some of its workers are on an accelerated work week -- working 40-hour weeks over four days rather than five days.

In other Bibb County business, finance director Debra Martin received approval to change the county’s pay schedule to its employees from 24 weeks per year to 26, which is the cycle Macon uses for its pay periods. The county pays its employees on the first and 15th of each month, while the city pays its employees every two weeks.

Martin said the move is being made as part of the preparations to consolidate with the city next year. She told commissioners that the process is still in the planning stages and wouldn’t be implemented until September, but county employees would be advised as to what impact it will have on them long before then.

Also Tuesday, Bibb County Chairman Sam Hart announced his committee, staff and agency appointments for 2013.

Commissioner Joe Allen was named vice-chairman, and will serve as chairman of the Tobesofkee/Recreation and Engineering/Inspections & Fees committees; Commissioner Bert Bivens will serve as Chairman of the Ordinances & Resolutions and Properties committees, as well as being the county’s appointee to the Macon Water Authority, the Land Bank Authority and the Board of Health; Commissioner Gary Bechtel will serve as chairman of the Human Resources, License & Tax and Information Technology committees; and Commissioner Lonzy Edwards will serve as chairman of the Risk Management/Public Safety/Animal Welfare and Finance committees.

The commissioners also approved David Fortson to become the director of the county’s Engineering Department. Grant Faulkner and Bel Wall will continue as interim directors of information technology and human resources, respectively.

To contact writer Phillip Ramati, call 744-4334.

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