Warner Robins City Council members weren’t going to cough up more than $21,000 for “Muffin Monster Repairs” without actually finding out what that was actually all about.
Turns out the “muffin monster” is a grinding tool at the city’s sewage plant. For some reason, a concrete and steel reinforcing bar came into the sewer plant’s intakes and mangled the muffin monster, necessitating a replacement with a rebuilt unit.
In case you were wondering, the replacement comes from a company in Buford, not from the Muffin Man who lives on Drury Lane.
Trashing the law
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Macon-Bibb County landfill staff will hand out fliers to customers warning that loads in trucks and trailers need to be covered and secured, Solid Waste Director Kevin Barkley said this week. A sign also will go up to say the same.
“Probably about 40 percent of the people coming to the landfill don’t have any part of their load secured,” Barkley said. All it takes is a tarp or old piece of carpet thrown over loose items, then strapped down with ropes or bungee cords to hold big things in place.
State law includes a $1,000 fine for violators, but that doesn’t mean landfill workers will be citing anyone, he said. It takes a law enforcement officer to do that.
But Barkley noticed lots of trash blown out of truck beds and trailers, not just near the landfill but along major roads. He decided to emphasize the problem after recently following a roofer who had a truck loaded down with debris.
“Every time they hit a bump, they were shaking out roofing and nails, going down the highway headed for the landfill,” Barkley said.
Warner Robins Mayor Randy Toms spent a chunk of his birthday in a City Council meeting.
He pointed to a box of Duncan Hines classic white cake mix with “5” and “4” candles attached to the top of it, and suggested they were in the wrong order. The candles were scorched by the time Toms showed them to council members.
How to help Perry
With the resignation of Joe Posey, the Perry City Council has a vacancy in its District 2 Post 1 slot.
Candidates must have lived in the district -- which covers northeastern Perry -- for the past six months and must have lived in the city for one year. They must also be a registered municipal voter. The qualifying fee is $198.
Interested people can qualify at the Houston County Board of Elections in Perry on Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Wednesday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Board of Elections office is at 801 Main St., Room 237, Perry.
Posey completed his first four-year term and was re-elected last year.
Building Perry up
Perry has scheduled meetings for Tuesday and Thursday, each at 5 p.m., for City Council members to interview public works director candidates. The interviews will be held in the second-floor conference room of City Hall, 1211 Washington St.
Former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn was out stumping for his daughter Michelle’s U.S. Senate campaign when he asked that two television cameras be put closer together so he’d have an easier time with an interview.
“I’d hate for them to think I’ve been gone so long from Washington I can’t find the camera,” Nunn quipped.
Writers Jim Gaines and Mike Stucka contributed to this report.