Macon wants to repair 30 streets in the next few months, funded largely by an annual state grant.
A resolution to make the application passed the City Councils Public Works & Engineering Committee 4-0 Tuesday, with Councilman Tom Ellington absent.
The city seeks another round of the Local Maintenance & Improvement Grant for $715,873.87, which requires a $214,762.16 local match. Thats to come from the special purpose local option sales tax voters approved in November 2011, according to a resolution from Mayor Robert Reichert.
The document calls for repairs to 6.16 miles of streets, with actual work to begin in April.
The city used to patch holes in streets while the Georgia Department of Transportation handled the overall resurfacing, said Danny Tavacol of the Bibb County Engineering Department. Instead, the state now provides annual grants.
Now we have to do the whole thing, patching and resurfacing, Tavacol said. Last years grant-funded work just wrapped up, and bids for the new round should conclude in February, he said. Once work starts, it should take about four months to complete, Tavacol said.
The office reshuffling that accompanies the pending Macon-Bibb County consolidation requires the shuffling of paperwork as well. The councils Public Properties Committee quickly signed off on a transition plan for the citys Americans with Disabilities Act compliance in a 5-0 vote.
Its not a fundamental change, but a new filing is required whenever there are alterations to facilities by a public entity with more than 50 employees, said Sam Henderson, executive assistant to the mayor.
Public Properties members also voted unanimously to allow the city of Fitzgerald to place two historic markers in Macon, as stops on the Jefferson Davis Heritage Trail and a Georgia Civil War Heritage Trail.
Fitzgerald is the sponsor of the trails project.
One marker would be placed at the corner of Walnut and Second streets, and the other in the median of Mulberry Street between Second and Third streets, Henderson said.
Theres no cost to us, is that correct? Committee Chairman Rick Hutto said.
None at all, Henderson said.
All three resolutions are likely to come up for final votes before the full council Dec. 3.
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