Midstate transportation group alters its membership

mstucka@macon.comDecember 18, 2013 

The Macon Area Transportation Study group changed the membership of its main body this week.

MATS voted Tuesday to change the composition of the policy committee, a move that was being forced by the consolidation of Macon and Bibb County governments, said Jim Thomas, executive director of Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning. Thomas said he thought one person had voted against the move.

Thomas said he had been worried that the board couldn’t continue without the changes, which may be revised further in the coming months.

“In February, we would have had no elected officials from Macon or Bibb County on the board. That would be interesting,” Thomas said Wednesday.

Previously, Macon’s mayor, City Council president and chairman of its public works and engineering committee had had seats, along with Bibb County’s commission chairman and heads of its engineering and finance committees. Those six positions are now four: the Macon-Bibb County mayor and three commissioners.

Jones County went from three seats to a single seat for the commission chairman, while Monroe County will gain representation for the first time, with its chairman. Seven other voting positions were not changed.

The change also adds two nonvoting members, with a state transportation board’s 2nd Congressional District representative and the Macon-Bibb County engineer.

To contact writer Mike Stucka, call 744-4251.

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