At Tuesdays SPLOST Advisory Committee meeting, committee chairman Dan Slagle noted how good it was to see so many members of the new Macon-Bibb County Commission in attendance, with commissioners-elect Gary Bechtel, Larry Schlesinger, Mallory Jones III, Scotty Shepherd and Al Tillman present.
Bechtel noted the tray of chicken fingers, fruit and drinks that were in the hallway adjacent to the Bibb County commissioners meeting room.
Hey, there was food, he said.
If there was beer, wed have had 100 percent (attendance), Slagle replied.
Lame, lame duck
Macon City Councilman Tom Ellington escorted a reporter to his car to show off his Halloween costume -- the last one he plans to have as an elected official.
He had a strange animal hat and a stick, which he indicated hed use as a cane to support his lame duck outfit.
The reporter pointed out that his hat was in fact not a duck, but Perry the Platypus, a character on Disneys Phineas and Ferb television show.
Ellington said hed just learned that himself, because he hasnt any young children whod watch the show.
Yet Perry the Platypus can span an odd range of interests. A man wearing a Perry hat and armed with a handgun robbed a Macon motel in July.
These kinds of incidents only help to underline the power of a tag line from the show: Hey, wheres Perry?
Joe Allen: the legend
On his Facebook page earlier this week, Bibb County Commissioner Joe Allen said that, at the urging of family and friends, he plans to write his autobiography.
Allen asked for people to respond whether they would read such a book, and many of the responses to his post indicated they would.
Allen said the book would be 100 percent true and would cover his time as a Macon-Bibb County firefighter, a Macon Police Department cadet and his charity work. He also said it would cover the good, the bad and the ugly things he did before finding God.
He also indicated that the book would address his future plans, such as running for public office again after losing out on his mayoral bid for the new Macon-Bibb County government in September.
Asked by a reporter later in the week if he intends to follow through with the book, Allen replied Yes. And youre going to be in it as well.
Help with Medicare Part D selection
U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ashburn, has announced a series of workshops to help people during open enrollment of the Medicare Part D prescription drug program. Counselors will be available at the events to speak with participants one on one to discuss their options. Open enrollment concludes Dec. 7.
Workshops include 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday in the Fort Valley State mobile lab, which will be parked at Northway Churchs front parking lot at 5915 Zebulon Road in Macon; and Tuesday from 2-5 p.m. at Central Georgia Technical colleges Jones County Campus, 304 Old Clinton Road, Gray. Other sessions will be held Nov. 7 in Valdosta and Nov. 14 in Thomasville. For more information, visit austinscott.house.gov/PartD online.
The Laws Committee of the task force working to merge Macon and Bibb County governments has scheduled a meeting for 2 p.m. Monday in the offices of the Middle Georgia Regional Commission, 175 Emery Highway.
Separately, the commissioners-elect of the Macon-Bibb County government are scheduled to have their first briefing on the new government at 2 p.m. Friday, also at 175 Emery Highway.
Writers Phillip Ramati and Mike Stucka contributed to this report.