Boy, does Macon-Bibb County need a new seal and motto.
The consolidated government will need both, with the motto on the seal, and the task force working on the merger is holding a public contest for the seal design. At the meeting where that competition was announced this week, state Rep. Nikki Randall, D-Macon, looked at side-by-side pictures of the current city and county seals and wondered what Macons motto means. Bibb Countys seal bears the words constitution, wisdom, justice and moderation. Macons, however, says aedes mores legesque custodiat across the top, with corpus politicum in larger type at the bottom.
Macon Mayor Robert Reichert, an attorney and thus accustomed to Latin legal terms, spoke up.
The Latin translates roughly to let the legal body protect the customs and the property, he said.
Not exactly a ringing declaration to inspire civic progress and public enthusiasm, is it?
Task force members apparently didnt think so either. Reicherts translation drew uncertain laughter from around the table. Still, its better than what Google Translate comes up with: houses customs and laws keep the body politic.
But now everyone has a chance to encapsulate the excitement of consolidation in visual, and epigrammatic, form. The competition to design a new seal is open to everyone, not just Macon-Bibb residents. Individuals or groups can submit up to two entries each. Full rules and an entry form are available at contest.maconbibb.us; the deadline is Oct. 11.
A city-county committee, including graphic artists, will evaluate the designs, and the task force will pick the winner.
The winning artist will be featured in an article on the new governments website for a year, and also on a MaconBibb TV Update show.
Call Trae McCombs for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 478-447-0344.
Tag team commissioners?
While waiting outside of a closed Tuesday session of the Bibb County Commission, Robert Abbott and Adah Roberts -- both candidates for the new District 6 commission seat -- were talking about the challenges of merging Macon and Bibb County. Both candidates indicated that the task would be daunting for anyone, no matter who is elected Sept. 17.
It was jokingly suggested to them that they might try to merge their efforts, alternating their service each month.
Both seemed amused at considering the idea.
Ill take January, you take February, Abbott suggested to Roberts, who readily agreed.
However, the partnership didnt seem destined to be when Abbott realized that January might be particularly grueling trying to merge the city and county. He later suggested that Roberts take January and he would take February.
Wait, I thought I was going to get February, said Roberts, clearly on the ball.
Middle Georgians named to state boards
Gov. Nathan Deal recently appointed Middle Georgians to state boards.
Deal appointed Howard R. Sills, sheriff of Putnam County, to the County and Municipal Probation Advisory Council. Sills is the longtime chairman of the Georgia Sheriffs Legislative Committee and is immediate past president of the Georgia Sheriffs Association. He has a bachelors degree in criminal justice from Mercer University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the National Sheriffs Institute. He lives in Eatonton.
Edsel Dennis Davis was reappointed to the State Board of Veterinary Medicine. Davis practices small-animal medicine at Northside-Wesleyan Animal Hospital in Macon, and he has an associates degree from South Georgia College in Douglas and a bachelors degree in chemistry and a doctor of veterinary medicine from the University of Georgia. He lives in Macon.
Heritage Foundation targets Scott
The Heritage Foundation-affiliated organization Heritage Action for America is targeting 100 Republicans who didnt sign a letter pushing for steps to defund the health insurance law known as Obamacare.
The organization plans to spend $550,000 to fight the 100 representatives, including Scott, who was given a 72-percent approval rating -- among the highest -- by the group. Other people targeted include Georgias Lynn Westmoreland and Rob Woodall.
Slang in motion
Macon Mayor Robert Reichert was trying to impress the importance of good downtown planning on the Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority when he melded Internet slang with his memories of a years-ago visit by Akron, Ohio, officials who reviewed Macons potential.
Do you remember what they said? OMG, Reichert said, drawing out the letters.
Writers Phillip Ramati, Jim Gaines and Mike Stucka contributed to this report.