MACON, Georgia (WMGT/41NBC) - Shovel ready projects will take priority as Macon rolls out 19.1 million dollars in bond money to jump start SPLOST initiatives.
"We're going to see some work prior to June 30th. What we adopted tonight was projects that are going to be done this fiscal year," said Councilman Tom Ellington.
One of the projects is the Tubman Museum, which will receive 2.5 million to complete production in full.
"The Tubman, you think about where it is, it is in the museum district of downtown. It adds a great deal of cultural improvement to the city of Macon," said Council President James Timley.
City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to accept $19.1 million, plus more than $100-thousand in operating costs. The Centreplex will get $2 million for improvements, Fort Hawkins $750-thousand and $1 million will begin addressing the storm drainage issues of Macon.
"We could throw plenty of money at that (Storm Drainage) and still have more to do," said Ellington.
Council changed city code to make sure local minorities and women are involved in the production of SPLOST projects. There will be a system in place to ensure Macon provides equal opportunities.
"That means contractors coming in will have to be diligent as far as finding local people and keep our revenue or our resources in the city of Macon," said Timley.
Council members tossed around the idea of employing a compliance manager to make sure projects meet equal opportunity standards.
The downtown corridor receives $300-thousand this year to start the planning phase of the 2nd Street Project.
Council also voted to pay off the '93 Zantop bonds with SPLOST proceeds. A timeline has not been set for the projects, but council says production will get underway in fiscal year 2012.