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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Reichert set to ‘Jam’ again

One of the highlights of last year’s Bragg Jam music festival was when Macon Mayor Robert Reichert joined City Councilman Larry Schlesinger for a cover of “Blowin’ in the Wind,” part of a set Schlesinger performed at The Hummingbird Stage and Taproom with Mag Tard.

Both men will be back, this time as guests of Sue N’ The Bastards, a local band comprised of Mercer University faculty and students, including guitarist/vocalist Dick Creswell, vocalist Sarah Gerwig-Moore, guitarist Chris Wells, drummer David Milligan and saxophonist Jerry Hargrove. Lisa Love, executive director of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, will sit in with the band on bass.

Schlesinger will perform several songs, while Reichert will sing a well-known ’70s rock song. (We could tell you which one, but why spoil the surprise?)

At a College Hill Alliance meeting earlier this week, Gerwig-Moore joked that Schlesinger suggested that “Sue N’ The Bastards” might not be a kid-friendly name and that they go with the Hebrew translation — “Shoshanna and The Mamzers.”

The group will perform at 5 p.m. Saturday at the 567 Cafe.

Ross seat not open yet

Though a few people around town have expressed an interest in running for Alveno Ross’ soon-to-be-open Macon City Council seat, candidates won’t be able to file for the seat for a few weeks, Macon-Bibb County Elections Supervisor Elaine Carr said.

Ross, who has been hired as the chief appraiser for Richmond County, won’t officially resign his council seat until Friday in order to let voters in November decide who will replace him.

Carr said the City Council needs to pass a resolution to put it on the ballot. That likely will take place during the Aug. 17 council meeting.

Once that’s done, the board of elections must also approve it and a legal notice must be run in The Telegraph before candidates can qualify. She said she expects candidates will be able to qualify by the end of August.

People contemplating running for the office and wanting to raise money to campaign can file their candidacy with the city clerk’s office at any time.

Two sides, same source

Less than a month ago, Warner Robins Police Chief Brett Evans declared to another local media outlet that he didn’t “have a dog in the fight” when it came to the Warner Robins mayoral race last fall. Information he gave to officers and the investigator of a harassment claim against his department seems to say otherwise.

Jennifer Keaton, an investigator with Mediation One out of Atlanta, wrote in her report to city officials that Evans acknowledged he felt candidate Chuck Chalk had the best interests of the department in mind. He didn’t feel the same way about Chuck Shaheen, who eventually won the election. Evans even put election signs for Chalk in the yard at his home, though his neighbors wouldn’t have a voice in the election. Evans lives in the county.

Keaton wrote to city officials that Evans and another officer violated the city’s political activities protocol by visibly campaigning for Chalk in the fall election.

Secret handshakes

Don’t expect Macon or Bibb County officials to talk much — if at all — about the ongoing mediation for a service delivery strategy. At a work session Tuesday, Mayor Robert Reichert informed council members that the mediator is making anyone involved in the process sign confidentiality agreements.

Council members who don’t sign the agreements won’t be able to find out details about how the negotiations are going.

The 8th at stake

Candidates for the 8th Congressional District are holding competing meetings in Macon on Thursday. Austin Scott, the Republican nominee from Ashburn, plans to host a meet-and-greet at the Ryan’s near Eisenhower Highway and Interstate 475, at 4690 Presidential Parkway.

Jim Marshall, the Democratic incumbent from Macon, is calling a town hall meeting from 3 to 5 p.m., giving constituents “a chance to speak with Congressman Marshall about the economy, health care, energy prices and protecting American jobs, ask questions and discuss these issues.”

The two are campaigning for votes in the November election.

Bibb shrinking amount of agenda paper

Bibb County is still testing the waters of getting its full agenda online at tinyurl.com/bibbagenda or by visiting www.co.bibb.ga.us, then clicking on Department List, then Board of Commissioners and finally Commission Agenda. The first try weighed in at 183 pages; the second 150; and the one for Monday’s meeting (moved from Tuesday) is down to 60 pages.

Monday’s meeting starts at 8 a.m. Either way, officials say it’s saving quite a bit of paper.

Compiled by Telegraph staff writers Phillip Ramati, Marlon A. Walker and Mike Stucka.