Politics & Government

Political Notebook: More bang for the buck?

While the noise caused by high-powered fireworks drew rebukes from Macon-Bibb County officials last week, one commissioner offered a possible explanation for why state lawmakers passed new legislation that superseded local noise ordinances.

The new law says fireworks can be set off from 10 a.m.-midnight most days of the year. The hours are extended till 2 a.m. on July 3 and July 4, as well as New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

What’s a possible reason some of the sponsors drafted the proposal?

Check who their donors are, Commissioner Gary Bechtel suggested, alluding to fireworks-related companies pushing the bill.


An underground tube system designed to improve efficiency at the Medical Center, Navicent Health, has been approved.

County officials approved the proposal, which allows the hospital to place the pneumatic tube system underneath First and Hemlock streets.

The system will enable the transfer of laboratory results, medicine and blood products from the hospital’s lab, pharmacy and blood bank to the Peyton T. Anderson Cancer Center across the street.

The hospital will pay Macon-Bibb $2,500 a year for the right to use government property.


Local officials and clergy are scheduled to hold a news conference Monday at a Macon church struck by arson.

Macon-Bibb County Commissioner Larry Schlesinger, who serves on the Macon-Bibb County Council of Clergy, said they will hold the vigil outside at God’s Power Church of Christ at 11 a.m. Monday.

The predominantly black church caught fire in the early morning hours of June 23. Gang retaliation could be a motive, Schlesinger said.

“We felt that although it has not been determined to be a hate crime or racially motivated, from what I found by talking to people there they were really trying to take back their neighborhood,” he said.

The church is located at 1985 Cedar Ave.


A neighborhood improvement kickoff will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Kings Park Community Center.

The event will signal the start of the 5x5 Neighborhood Improvement Program in that east Macon community.

As part of the program, departments will be conducting work, as needed, including right-of-way cutting, curb and street painting, sign repair, smoke detector installation, and code enforcement education. A plan is being developed for the playground.

Work has started to rebuild wheelchair access ramps and to assess other maintenance issues in the building.


The city of Perry gets a lot of visitors, but if any of them had a medical emergency that would require them to follow the blue “H” signs to get to the hospital, they might have a problem.

The signs are in various locations guiding people to the Perry Hospital, but when it comes to make the last turn from Main Street onto Morningside Drive, there is no sign.

Perry Hospital asked the City Council recently to fix that problem, and the council voted to authorize installation of the signs in both directions on Main Street.

Staff writers Stanley Dunhap and Wayne Crenshaw contributed to this report.