Lawmakers seek Fort Hawkins shake-up

mlee@macon.comFebruary 7, 2014 

ATLANTA -- Area lawmakers are looking at closing down the group that runs Fort Hawkins and putting the historic site under the direct control of Macon-Bibb government.

At the Fort Hawkins Commission, “some recent activities have come into question,” said state Rep. James Beverly, D-Macon.

He said he has heard allegations of the commission letting or promising key contracts without bidding.

The Macon legislative delegation actually voted to abolish the commission during a Thursday afternoon vote, but the legislators have yet to write or publish any draft legislation or propose any replacement.

They were working on reviewing boards and authorities with an eye toward paring any of them that seem superfluous since the Macon-Bibb County government marriage last month.

The 11-member, volunteer Fort Hawkins Commission receives no annual county appropriation, but it is slated to get $750,000 from sales tax revenue, to be spent on a visitors center, site works and other upgrades.

Commission chairman Mike Cranford could not be reached Friday.

Any bill should win easy passage. If Macon-Bibb County legislators agree on something that affects only their county, the rest of the Legislature generally passes the measure as a courtesy without debate.

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