The Macon-Bibb County Solid Waste Department will deliver more than 1,350 trash carts over several Fridays and Saturdays to replace damaged or destroyed trash carts requested by residents.
Solid Waste Director Kevin Barkley said most, but not all, of the replacement carts had been ordered in the past year.
“Typically people had been waiting way too long,” he said.
Barkley found money in his budget to buy the carts. Replacement requests were made by roughly one of every 18 customers in the city. The previous cart buy, in June, covered only 200 purchases.
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Floore said the city has known that cart problems have been an issue for a while and also knew there wasn’t enough money set aside in the current budget to buy all of the carts needed.
The carts are available to residents in the former city limits of Macon. Residents of the former unincorporated Bibb County are served by Advanced Disposal, which will handle its own trash cart requests.
Some of the old carts can be repaired, potentially easing further demand.
Requests for new carts were run through the SeeClickFix site. People can either request new carts through SeeClickFix.com or 478-751-7400.
GUN DEALER IN SIGHTS OF IRS
The owner of Clyde Armory, which has stores in Warner Robins and Athens, made an appearance before Oversight Subcommittee of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee earlier this month.
Media reports said the owner, Andrew Clyde, talked about his experiences with the Internal Revenue Service’s seizing of more than $940,000 from the company’s Robins Federal Credit Union account in 2013. Federal rules require the government to be notified when deposits exceed $10,000. Clyde frequently deposited amounts just smaller than that, court records show. The IRS said those deposits were evidence of “structuring” to avoid the federal reporting rules, and it seized the money.
Clyde argued the government had to prove he planned to structure the money. He said there was no wrongdoing. He ultimately settled the case, agreeing to pay his own legal fees and give the federal government $50,000.
In a prepared statement, Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam, R-Illinois, decried the IRS’ use of civil forfeiture laws, saying the IRS doesn’t have to prove guilt before seizing assets.
“Even if (an account holder) did absolutely nothing wrong, it can take years of legal proceedings for the account holder to get some or all of his assets back,” Roskam said. “Many people can’t afford a long, drawn-out fight, so they settle, handing over thousands of fairly earned dollars to the IRS -- all without having done anything wrong.”
APPELLATE JUDGE KEYNOTER AT DOUGLASS
Georgia Court of Appeals Judge M. Yvette Miller, a Macon native, will be the keynote speaker at the Douglass Theatre’s Women’s History Month luncheon March 5. The event also will honor two women who have made an impact on Bibb County, Bedia Felder and Stella I. Tsai.
Miller was first appointed to the court in 1999, when she became the first black woman to serve. She has since been re-elected three times without opposition and was unanimously elected by her fellow judges to serve a two-year term as chief judge.
The luncheon begins at noon March 5, with tickets available for $15.
SPEAKING FOR THE TREES
Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert announced the local government already has passed its goal of planting 250 trees this fiscal year, which ends June 30. In the previous year, the city had planted 292 trees, the mayor’s office said.
Two of the seven leaders in Warner Robins’ government are retired firefighters, so tributes to Macon Bibb-County fire Lt. Randy Parker were to be expected.
Parker was killed in a south Bibb house fire earlier this month.
Mayor Randy Toms, a 27-year firefighter, described the pain of losing someone from the community of firefighters.
“When a brother falls, it hurts. And it hurts so deeply, it’s hard to describe,” he said.
Writer Mike Stucka compiled this report.