Perry backs expansion of Ocmulgee National Monument

mstucka@macon.comMarch 18, 2014 

Ocmulgee

The temple mound at the Ocmulgee National Monument is seen in 2010 from the swamp below the mound between the monument and the property often referred to as the Ocmulgee Old Fields.

GRANT BLANKENSHIP — gblankenship@macon.com

PERRY -- The City Council has thrown its support behind a massive increase in the size of the Ocmulgee National Monument, which ultimately could become the Ocmulgee National Park and Preserve.

The monument’s current 702 acres eventually could quadruple, supporters have said. The area has been occupied for thousands of years.

Perry Mayor Jimmy Faircloth said hunting -- which is not allowed in a national park -- could actually be expanded under the proposal inside the preserve areas. Faircloth didn’t describe any downsides to the city’s endorsement of the effort.

“There is a lot of economic value for the communities that surround this, because it would become more of a destination than it already is,” Faircloth said. The city passed the endorsement with no one opposed and Councilman Joe Posey absent.

In other business:

• A woman who sought to rezone her property withdrew her application.

• A man who wants to keep his goat inside the city limits was referred to Perry’s Planning Commission, dropping another item from the City Council’s agenda.

• The council deferred a vote on a long-term natural gas contract until the city could get more information.

That left the City Council to focus most of its attention on the 2014 Perry Recreation Department’s basketball champions.

“You all make Perry proud,” Councilman William Jackson said.

Faircloth told the boys they had potential to play in bigger venues, but they would have to keep working on their homework to make it into college.

To contact writer Mike Stucka, call 744-4251.

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