Macon-Bibb Offices Open Tuesday, Bus Routes Delayed

Staff Report From Middle Georgia CEO

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Tropical Storm is mostly passing out of Central Georgia at 8:00 p.m. There is still some potential for strong winds and gusts during the night, and with the power outages and damages around the county, the Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is still encouraging people to stay in their homes. This will keep the roads clear for emergency responders, debris removal crews, and Georgia Power and other utilities to asses the needs and begin recovery.
Macon-Bibb County Government Opening
Macon-Bibb government offices will open at their regularly scheduled time on Tuesday, September 12. If an employee has difficult getting to work due to road conditions, they are to contact their supervisor. Macon-Bibb Committees will hold their regularly scheduled meetings, beginning Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. Trash and recycling collection will be a day behind this week. For example, Monday’s collection will be on Tuesday, and Friday’s collection will be on Saturday.
Macon-Bibb County Transit Authority
Macon-Bibb County Transit Authority (MTA) will resume bus routes at 10:00 a.m.Tuesday morning. Supervisors will be riding the routes prior to that to determine which are clear and which are not. There may be some delays in routes the next several days as they detour around debris.
Macon Water Authority
The Macon Water Authority offices will be open for regular business hours on Tuesday, September 12.
Bibb County School District
Due to concerns for student and staff safety, the Bibb County School District will be closed on Tuesday, September 12. All schools and buildings will be closed. The district will resume normal operations on Wednesday, September 13.
Essential operations staff - including maintenance, principals, lead transportation staff, head custodians, lead nutrition staff, technology services - are to report at 10:00 a.m.Tuesday in order to assess the conditions of buildings, facilities and resources.
Debris Removal & Power Restoration
Macon-Bibb County crews from the Public Works, Solid Waste, and Parks & Beautification Departments have begun removing debris along the roads. They will continue working all night to get as much cleared as possible before morning. Crews will be focusing on clearing emergency routes, major thoroughfares, and access to schools and hospitals, and repairing traffic lights, stop signs, and road signs.
The Departments will be coordinating their efforts with Georgia Power, which has begun assessing the situation to determine how to get the power on safely and quickly. Georgia Power stresses that people must stay away from downed power lines.

Both Georgia Power and Macon-Bibb County stress they expect this to take several days based on current power outage and damage reports.

For more information about debris removal and restoration of power, click here.