Gears Get Rolling on Macon-Bibb Consolidation
This wasn't the first meeting of the Macon-Bibb County Consolidation Task Force, but it was the first to get to the heart of the consolidation process.
"Today what we have is we're asking departments to come in that tied in to the various committees that we've named to give us an overview of the challenges they see going forward." -Sam Hart/Bibb Co.Commission Chairman
Combining two governments as large as Macon and Bibb County is a tall order, especially for the laws committee.
"I expect the laws committee to have a great deal of work. The estimate just in terms of staff work that the Regional Commission gave us for reconciling the two codes of ordinances is going to be something on the order of 47 hundred hours." -Tom Ellington/Macon City Council
Despite the workload the commission hopes to begin getting the new government outline and charter in place relatively quickly.
"We want to try to pull it together as soon as possible so that we will have an opportunity a little bit later to make any changes or clean up any unintended consequences in the process." -Nikki Randall/State Representative
"That's what we're doing. That's what we're putting together here and we've got some really great, some really smart people in here that are working on this so, I'm looking forward to seeing the final product." Jerry Modena/Bibb Co. Sheriff
The new government will go into effect January 1, 2014.