How to shuffle current Macon and Bibb County offices, and, in particular, where to store years worth of paper records are on the minds of those working to combine the two governments.
The Facilities Committee of the consolidation task force Monday asked architect Bob Brown, already contracted to study the Bibb County Courthouse, Macon City Hall and City Hall Annex, to expand his work to evaluate office and storage space in other city- and county-owned buildings.
Brown, of the Macon-based firm BTBB, has analyzed space in City Hall itself, the nearby City Hall Annex, the Bibb County Courthouse and county offices in part of the Grand Opera House.
Items up for discussion include the amount of room needed for records, centralizing some related offices and getting fine-payment offices out of the courthouse, Brown said.
Steve Layson, the countys chief administration officer, said moving and renovation costs need to be figured. But record-keeping may be simplified, because the Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority is offering the use of a building that could serve as a central records facility, he said.
County Tax Commissioner Thomas Tedders said the Georgia agriculture commissioner has offered to let Tedders office move all operations to the farmers market on Eisenhower Parkway, which has housed the tax commissioners satellite office for years.
The state has offered a wonderful lease on the former Modern Grocery Co. building, less expensive even than the current leased area at the farmers market, Tedders said. That would free up the tax commissioners office in the courthouse for other uses.