WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Warner Robins City Council voted unanimously to start on one of it's largest sewer extension projects in 20 years.
The $331,881 project will extend sewer lines to areas near Highway 41, Crestview Church Road, Russell Parkway and Watson Boulevard.
The site plan includes a 224 unit apartment complex, a church campus and a retirement community. Houston Healthcare Properties and Houston Ventures LLC have already submitted a request to start developing near the area. City officials say the extension will help attract other potential developers.
"We want the developers to know that we got enough sewer capacity for them to come to Warner Robins to bring in industries and to create jobs. This is going to develop a piece of property that wasn't making any money to probably about $100,000 a year," said Warner Robins Mayor Chuck Shaheen.
The project is will extend to 135 acres and is expected to be complete in six months.
MACON, Georgia - (41NBC/WMGT) - Bibb County teachers and administrators are getting ready to have a conversation about race. At the end of the month, the Pacific Educational Group will spend two days with educators, teaching a program called, "Beyond Diversity."
The program costs $18,700 per session, and right now, there's only one on the calendar, but there could be more to come says spokesperson for the Bibb County School District, Donald Porter. These sessions are part of Superintendent Dr. Romain Dallemand's Macon Miracle.
The Deputy Superintendent for School Improvement and Re-design, Susanne Griffin-Ziebart, believes the diversity training that teachers and administrators will receive is one step that will help close the achievement gap in this district.
"I have heard that teachers need to understand more deeply the impacts of what it means to be a child of color, in the school system, how that might impact their learning," says Griffin-Ziebart.
Many parents expressed concerns about that thought at Macon Miracle community forums this past spring. One of the P.E.G.'s leaders, Glen Singleton, is known for his book "Courageous Conversations About Race."
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - The former interim director of Macon Animal Control stepped down from his position as an officer at the shelter on Monday, effective immediately.
Van VanDeWalker tells 41NBC a difference in philosophies on how the shelter should be run led to his decision.
The shelter's "open door policy" under the new interim director, Deborah Biggs, calls for accepting all animals brought in.
VanDeWalker says that practice is good for a larger shelter but not this one, because the facility gets too crowded and innocent animals have to be put down.
He also tells us his new job description was the final straw in his decision.
"My new position there--as I was told last Friday--is animal control officer/shelter population coordinator," says VanDeWalker. "A lot of good points to the position: adoptions, off-site adoptions, Saturday adoptions, which are all great things and sorely needed. But also my job would be selecting the animals for euthanasia, and with an open door policy and being hands on, where I like to get to know the dogs back there, look them in the eye and see what kind of dogs we have back there, I just can't do that."
VanDeWalker tells 41NBC he feels he made the right decision by stepping down and he's looking ahead to new opportunities in the future.