Fort Hawkins will get money to stay open for the next six months, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission also is getting some funding, Macon-Bibb County commissioners decided unanimously Tuesday.
The Fort Hawkins Commission and Macon-Bibb County Sister Cities program are both applying to become independent nonprofit agencies. Macon-Bibb commissioners have endorsed that effort, which is expected to let those groups raise private donations.
But Fort Hawkins Commission Chairman Mike Cranford said the historic fort is out of money now, and the nonprofit status will take a few months to achieve. He asked for $1,000 per month for the remaining six months of this fiscal year to pay Marty Willett, who coordinates the fort’s programs.
That $6,000 request was approved, but in an earlier committee meeting Tuesday, Commissioner Elaine Lucas -- chairwoman of the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission -- tacked on a $1,000 appropriation for that group.
Tuesday evening Commissioner Mallory Jones asked if the King group also was seeking nonprofit status.
“No. Not at this time,” Lucas said.
Mainline Information Systems of Tallahassee, Florida, will get an additional $99,000 to help city-county Information Technology staff keep a mainframe computer running.
The expansion of Mainline’s existing consulting contract will help “nurse it through” until a new system is ready to serve the courts, sheriff and jail, Mayor Robert Reichert said.
If the years-old system crashes, it could lose much data and take months to repair, according to a memo from Information Technology Director Stephen Masteller.
Sofkee and Liberty Church roads will be paved, and sidewalks will be built near Graham Road under a contract commissioners approved Tuesday. Northeast Concrete Co. of Macon will get $79,923.50 for the work. One-quarter of the money will come from the special purpose local option sales tax and will pay for the paving work. The rest, for the sidewalks, is to come from an annual transportation grant.
An ordinance to remove churches from the list of entities that can’t have beer or wine sales within 300 feet passed unanimously. Such sales are excluded near schools, libraries and alcoholism treatment centers.
The change brings the Macon-Bibb ordinance in line with state law, according to its sponsor, Commissioner Gary Bechtel.
The Food Depot on Northside Drive ran afoul of the existing rule because of a nearby church in a strip mall, but that ministry has written a letter offering no objection to the change, he said.
The ordinance only applies to package sales of wine and beer, Bechtel said. Rules on sale by the drink and on hard liquor are unchanged.
Commissioners approved a last-minute agenda addition renewing an office lease for U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany. In fact, the resolution endorsed what Reichert had already done, the mayor said.
Bishop’s office needed the lease by the end of 2014, so Reichert had already signed and returned it.
“I hope that you all will ratify what I did. Otherwise I’m in real trouble,” he said. “I just couldn’t imagine any problem with that.”
Commissioners didn’t object, approving the $1,000 per month lease for two years on 1,800 square feet in the third floor of the Willie C. Hill Government Center Annex.
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