More than 50 attend community forum at mall

pramati@macon.comFebruary 24, 2014 

More than 50 residents attended a community forum Monday night at the Macon Mall to address their concerns to Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert and District 9 Commissioner Al Tillman.

The forum is the first of nine that will be held during the coming weeks in each district.

Tillman gave those in attendance an update on several projects upon which the new consolidated government is working.

He told residents of the latest plans for Fillmore-Thomas Park, which has been languishing for years. The 2011 special purpose local option sales tax calls for $1.5 million to build a community center and lake for the park. However, Tillman said the projected cost for the lake is $600,000, and he doesn’t think there’s enough money left over for the community center.

An informal poll of those in attendance indicated those residents are in favor of foregoing the lake in favor of the community center.

Tillman also informed residents of surveying work that will be done over the next couple of days on Log Cabin Drive. He said he plans to ask the city’s engineering department and Reichert to put asphalt on the road as a temporary solution to the road’s problems.

Several residents addressed Tillman and Reichert, asking about property taxes, crime, jobs and other issues.

Reichert said he is trying to equalize property taxes between former city and county residents so that they are paying the same rate, as opposed to city residents being double-taxed as they were before consolidation.

As for crime, Reichert praised the effort of Bibb County Sheriff David Davis to consolidate the sheriff’s office with the Macon police department.

Tillman said residents need to be more proactive in reporting crimes and cooperating with the sheriff’s office.

To contact writer Phillip Ramati, call 744-4334.

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