The 2nd Street Renovation Project took an unexpected turn Monday at Macon City Council.
A master plan contract with CHA Consulting was kept on the table by the appropriations committee, after a split vote stalled discussion of the project.
The city has already paid CHA $139-thousand for putting together the project team and forming initial planning.
The contract will come before full council tomorrow and the mayor says if it doesn't pass the city will have to reassess the project.
"If we don't accept it by tomorrow then all bets are off and you have to kind of go back to the drawing boards and see where you are and we just don't think that that's necessary to do. We've got the best team to do what we have to get done to get us started," said Mayor Reichert.
If the resolution passes Tuesday in full council, the city will pay CHA consulting $489-thousand for the master plan tax and transportation analysis.
SPLOST Bonds Could Speed Up Projects:
Macon and Bibb County SPLOST projects could roll out in the coming months.
Monday night the appropriations committee approved issuing 18 million in bonds to speed up the funding process. Committee Chairman, Tom Ellington, says the first SPLOST funds will go toward projects that bring the city quick returns.
"We've got a number of projects on the SPLOST list that are either extremely pressing or are going to pay some sort of return of investment. And so being able to get those projects started as quickly as possible is a really valuable thing," said Ellington.
Some of the projects slated to receive SPLOST funding first are the Tubman Museum, which will receive $2.5 million to complete the building. Also on the list is The Centreplex, which will get $2 million. And another million will go towards storm drainage repairs. All of those projects are expected to be underway this year.
Sports Hall of Fame and Douglass Could Receive Extra Portion of Hotel-Motel Tax:
With the loss of the Music Hall of Fame, Macon leaders are now trying to get the hotel-motel tax money that helped fund the museum redistributed to other Macon attractions.
Monday afternoon, the appropriations committee approved asking local legislators to look at the option of splitting what used to be the Music Hall of Fame's share of the hotel-motel tax between the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and the Douglass Theatre. That extra money could come out to hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.