Macon City Council tore through its agenda in record time Tuesday night, passing all items with no further discussion, even on previously controversial issues.
During the election-night meeting, only one resolution even drew a divided vote: trading 6,672 square feet of city alleys with Mercer University in exchange for sidewalk work.
Mercer wants the alley property, valued at $46,704, for the third phase of The Lofts at Mercer University. In exchange, developer Jim Daws of Sierra Development Corp. offered to do work worth $71,344 to city right-of-way along College Street between Centenary United Methodist Church and Alexander II Magnet School.
The city received a $1 million grant for work on a two-block stretch of College Street, including a roundabout at the corner of Oglethorpe Street. Work from Mercer and Daws is to complement those plans.
The resolution passed 9-5, opposed by council members Henry Ficklin, Henry Gibson, Elaine Lucas, James Timley and Virgil Watkins, with Councilman Lonnie Miley absent.
The sale of two undeveloped alleys for cash stirred no dissent. Swimming pool company ASP Franchising is buying 8,901 square feet adjacent to its location at 3986 Lake St. The land is valued at $3,738.42, and thats what ASP agreed to pay, plus $500 for legal and engineering costs. Company attorney George Greer has said ASP plans to expand on that site.
Lowe Aviation won renewal of a lease for the site of a temporary hangar at Middle Georgia Regional Airport. The previous lease ran for 10 years, but the new one is for five years, with a 60-day termination clause, Airport Manager Doug Faour has said. The cost for the small space remains $50 per month.
The council approved a nearly $1.2 million appropriation to close out the fiscal 2013 budget book in preparation for the annual audit. Thats the sum total of line-item changes made during the year, not new spending, and wont affect the citys cash reserves, Councilman Tom Ellington has said.
The council passed Tuesday an updated version of the Life Safety Code -- affecting fire codes. It replaces the 1991 version with 2012 language, as mandated by the state, Fire Chief Marvin Riggins has said. But it makes no significant changes in local fire-code enforcement. The code applies to rental and commercial properties but not owner-occupied single-family homes.
In the year since nine donation stations for the homeless were placed around downtown Macon, theyve taken in $1,619 in street-level giving, Main Street Macon Director Mechel McKinley told a council committee. Various sponsors have given far more, a total of $12,756.61.
All net income from the meters will go to local nonprofits serving the homeless; donations so far have enabled a total of $6,000 in grants to six groups: Macon Outreach at Mulberry, the Daybreak Center, the Macon Rescue Mission, Loaves and Fishes Ministry of Macon, Centenary Community Ministries and The Mentors Project of Bibb County, McKinley said.
The donation stations, similar to parking meters, were a project of the Leadership Macon class of 2012. Ownership of the meters is being transferred to the Macon Coalition to End Homelessness, the umbrella group of local homeless-service providers, McKinley said.
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