Split opinions surfaced Tuesday night at Macon City Council's special called meeting as some council members challenged the Mayor's process of doing things.
City Councilman, Henry Ficklin, asked to change the city's SPLOST bonding resolution to make sure that an RFP, or request for proposal, be sent out for all SPLOST projects, and that minorities and women be considered for executing the projects as well.
Some council members didn't vote for the change because they thought the city would have to back track and send out an RFP for the bond process, which could take 60 to 90 days to complete.
Ficklin's amendment failed and the $18 million in bonds passed. Mayor Reichert says taking a step back at this point would not be good for the city, while Ficklin says he wants an even playing field moving forward with city projects.
"You don't change horses in the middle of the stream. What we were looking for from council was do you want to go ahead and forge across? We've done the preliminary, the ground work and we've got a lot of things set to go. Pull the trigger and let us go forward with it," said Reichert.
"I know that there are things that are already in place. What we have to do is we have to deal with those and make our intent clear and everybody needs to have an opportunity to bid on certain things so that going forward there will never be again a situation where one soul source got the bonding or got the attorney fees or what have you and that's what I was intending," said Ficklin.
A phase of the 2nd Street Renovation also passed Tuesday.
Despite being tabled in the appropriations committee, an agreement between Macon and CHA Consulting was approved in full council. Councilman, Rick Hutto, opposed the plan's process saying it shouldn't be voted on in full-council when it didn't make it out of committee.
Mayor Reichert said the 2nd Street Project needed action tonight because of the pricing schedule with CHA.