Politics & Government

Political Notebook: Looking to the future

A Warner Robins group is trying to plan out the next 25 years of transportation needs, but much of the discussion at a meeting this week centered on a 2012 study of public transit in Houston County.

Warner Robins Area Transportation Study is developing the plan for 2040 because federal regulations require such long-term plans. The plans say Houston County will climb from about 139,900 people to about 221,200 by then, an increase of about two-thirds. The entire transportation study area, which also includes a hunk of eastern Peach County, will grow from about 149,500 people to about 236,600 people.

Most of the questions Tuesday at a meeting at Georgia Military College’s Warner Robins campus focused on public transit. Public transit also is the biggest concern noted by about 400 people who have taken a survey, a consultant said.

The 2012 public transit study suggested creating bus lines to take commuters from places including Centerville and Warner Robins to Robins Air Force Base. Other buses could run less frequently to Perry. Questions of how to pay for it, who would run it and who would support it remain. The study projected about 1,542 weekday riders.

The 2040 plan is to be adopted by late October. The 2012 transit study and information on the plan are available from www.wrga.gov by clicking Government, then Transportation.

MEET WITH MAYOR

Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert has scheduled another Mayor’s Night In to begin at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Government Center, 700 Poplar St., formerly known as Macon City Hall. Visitors get five minutes with the mayor to ask questions, express concerns and identify ways to improve the community. People are encouraged to schedule a time by calling 478-751-7170.

The next Mayor’s Night In is scheduled for May 11.

NUNN ON NUKE DEAL

Since Sam Nunn, of Perry, left the U.S. Senate, much of his time has been focused on preventing bad guys from getting nuclear weapons and nuclear material.

So even before Iran’s leader started questioning a deal, Nunn, as co-chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, raised his own questions. Chief among them: “Will the final agreement ensure that Iran cannot produce the highly enriched uranium or plutonium necessary to build a nuclear weapon? And will it include procedures and safeguards that provide enough early warning of any future Iranian cheating or misconduct to take decisive action to prevent it?”

Nunn’s statement goes on to ask about existing nuclear material, infrastructure for civilian reactors, research and development into advanced centrifuges that enrich uranium, whether intelligence agencies think they can provide enough scrutiny, and other such details. The statement is online at nti.org.

On a related note, Irish satire site Waterford Whispers offered this on the Iran compromise: “Following eight days of tense negotiations in Switzerland, America has increased fears by confirming it will keep almost all of its reported 1900 deployed nuclear warheads along with its over 5000 additional unarmed nuclear warheads.”

Writer Mike Stucka compiled this report.

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