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Wake Up Macon!

February 2008



Political Watch: Unilateral Decision Costs Mayor Reichert 10 Points




By James Wright



The views in this editorial do not necessarily represent those of The Georgia Informer or its staff



The hotly debated “truce” that Macon Mayor Robert Reichert has supposedly called with the Macon Housing Authority concerning the quarter-million dollar lawsuit over authority appointments will cause 10 points to be taken from his grade, giving him a score of 40.  These points are being deducted because of his serious disregard for the people’s opinion.  Also losing points are each and every City Council member.  According to recorded minutes of recent Council meetings, not one word has been mentioned about this case, giving one the impression that the whole of Macon City Council are ready to accept Mayor Reichert’s unilateral decisions hands down.

Therefore, 5 points will be deducted from each City Council member, leaving them with 45 points each.


Admittedly, City Council’s silence on the matter is probably due to the fact that Reichert has publicly declared that he will voluntarily submit his future picks to the City Council before making appointments to the authority, something that sounds a little like “if you let me have this one, I’ll ask your opinion in the future.”


Whatever happened to “Together We Can”?  The voting community of Macon elected Robert Reichert on this campaign slogan, believing that he would keep his word.  It would appear that, once elected, he has abandoned this promise and has already started down the road of unilateral decision-making, without adequate communication to the citizens of Macon.  By stopping the legal process, Reichert took away the Supreme Court’s eminent decision, a decision that would have probably better served the people.  What he did may have been his legal right, but the question is:  Was it morally and ethically right?  Did his action truly serve and represent all the people?  In every situation, there are pros and cons; for all sides to be represented, the Supreme Court would have made the best decision. It would be a lot harder to argue with the Supreme Court than with one man’s unilateral decision.


Admittedly, John Hiscox has done a great job – the Macon Water Authority is one of the best in the state.  But one has to wonder about the four that would be coming off the board and the four who would be going on had the lawsuit never occurred.  Benson, Schafer, Hobes, and Fowler have all been on the housing authority board for many years each; re-appointed over and over.  New blood, such as Al Tillman and Henry Ficklin, are not nearly as likely to “go with the flow;” Hiscox’ flow, that is.


These actions quietly took place and were decided on before the media and the public were made aware of them.  Backroom politics must yield to frontline representation.  Every interested citizen should log on to, click on “City Council,” and read the minutes of each council meeting to discover exactly what goes on in every meeting.  Then a person can determine if the people’s business is being adequately and properly taken care of.


On a positive note, the Bibb County Board of Commissioners, according to the minutes of the December 18, 2007 meeting, have approved $5 million+ for the repaving of Houston Avenue from Newberg Avenue to Eisenhower Parkway.  Although one would question why there was only one bid concerning such a large amount of money, this is something that needed to be done years ago.  Because this motion was brought forth by Commissioner Bert Bivins, he will receive 5 points, bringing his score to 55.





Official Grade
Mayor Robert Reichert 50-10 =40
City Council Members
City Council President Miriam Paris 50 - 5 = 45
Tom Ellington 50 - 5 = 45

Virgil Watkins, Jr.

50 - 5 = 45
Nancy White 50 - 5 = 45
Elaine Lucas 50 - 5 = 45
Alveno Ross 50 - 5 = 45
Erick Erickson 50 - 5 = 45
Charles Jones 50 - 5 = 45
Larry Schlesinger 50 - 5 = 45
Lauren Benedict 50 - 5 = 45
Lonnie Miley 50 - 5 = 45
Ed DeFore 50 - 5 = 45
Rick Hutto 50 - 5 = 45
James Timley 50 - 5 = 45
J. Michael Cranford 50 - 5 = 45
Bibb County Commissioners  
Joe Allen 50
Bert Bivins 50 + 5 = 55
Lonzy Edwards 50
Elmo Richardson 50
Charlie Bishop 50




It is imperative that Mayor Reichert, the City Council, and the County Commission understand that communication with the citizens of Macon and Bibb County is crucial in order to keep the public aware of the operations of our government.  Simply put, the citizens demand to be kept in the light.  The Bible states that “a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.”  1 John 2:8 



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