In speaking to some of the same legislators who made government consolidation possible, Macon-Bibb County Mayor-elect Robert Reichert was full of enthusiasm this week.
When the new Macon-Bibb County is born Jan. 1, the citys population will swell to about 160,000 people, putting it ahead of Savannahs, Reichert said. That leaves the city proudly as the states fourth-largest -- behind Atlanta, Augusta and Columbus -- which should give the city more prominence, Rei-chert said.
We are somebody! Reichert announced.
Can you dig it?
In her first official task as commissioner-elect of Macon-Bibb County District 3, Elaine Lucas joined current county leaders Friday morning for the groundbreaking of Fire Station No. 111 on Donnan Road.
Lonzy Edwards, the current commissioner for that part of east Bibb County, invited Lucas to come forward.
Youre from the city, so Im not sure you know how to use a shovel, Edwards said as Lucas approached the long mound of dirt.
I shovel stuff all the time, Lucas quipped. I shoveled some this morning.
At the close of the ceremony, Lucas supporter and east Bibb County resident Sandye Powell mentioned the humorous exchange.
I noticed you couldnt say what you shovel.
A work in progress
Andrew Silver, a Mercer University professor who is one of the biggest advocates for Tattnall Square Park, found an interesting statement from the mayors office: Its the desire of the city to finish the improvements started at Tattnall Square Park, to complete the grading and turfing, and to curb and lay a sidewalk around the entire property.
The sidewalk hasnt been completed, though other work is well underway at the park. Silver said he found the statement in the Macon Telegraph of Nov. 2, 1895.
But whats 118 years among friends?
The group working to bring together Macon and Bibb County governments is planning at least one meeting next week. The full transition task force is scheduled to meet at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the offices of the Middle Georgia Regional Commission, 175 Emery Highway, Macon.
Macon-Bibb County commissioners-elect will discuss the new governments facilities from 9-11 a.m. Thursday, also in the offices of the Middle Georgia Regional Commission. That meeting will also be broadcast live at www.maconbibb.tv.
The new government is scheduled to start Jan. 1, and a consolidation task force has been developing recommendations for the new government, which range from health insurance to a code of ordinances.
Help from the Dude
The Association County Commissioners of Georgia has arranged discounts for the county governments that are among its members.
Sometimes its for well-known names, such as the Enterprise rental car company or Dell computers. Sometimes the partners have names that at least sound more formal and direct, such as FivePoint Solutions or the Municipal Code Corp.
Add to that list FacilityDude. FacilityDude offers software that can help governments better manage their buildings. Like, wow.
Writers Liz Fabian and Mike Stucka contributed to this report.