Macon-Bibb Commissioners attempt to fix KMBBC, Cherry Blossom Festival tension

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Macon-Bibb county commissioners are intervening with Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful Commission (KMBBC) and Cherry Blossom Festival.

Nothing was resolved  in the meeting Tuesday afternoon. They will have to meet again next week in executive session, a closed meeting with commissioners and both parties.

“We consider it important that these two organizations work together and get along,” said Mayor Pro-Tem Bert Bivins. Bivins initiated the meeting to give commissioners an understanding of what is going on.

The Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority (MBCIA) was also invited to give an update on their work. Commissioner Elaine Lucas expressed that the commission needed to get updates from MBCIA since some county money goes to the industrial authority.

KMBBC President, Pam Carswell presented an overview of what KMBBC has done in the past years and what they plan on working on.

KMBBC Chairman, Adam Cochran later joined Carswell at the microphone stand to address a ‘call for resignation’ letter composed by part of his commission.

“There was a Discovery Board that was formed, that was never brought to the executive board for even approval of a committee,” said Cochran.”This committee went and delivered a document that we never saw, was never questioned about, was never asked any questions on and submitted to the Mayor’s office.”

That document recommended that 4 of the executive board members, including Cochran, step down from their position. This document was to be presented to the full commission at October 19th’s board meeting. A meeting 41NBC attended.

“There has been a sequence of events that have gone on in Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful Commission,” said Carswell.

Those events were listed in the 9-page ‘call for resignation’ letter. Some of those board member listed, also serve on the Cherry Blossom Festival Board.

“I take exception for my board, when their integrity is being questioned,” said Cherry Blossom Festival Chairman, Don Bailey.

Cherry Blossom Festival asked KMBBC to vacate the Pink House about two weeks ago because of personnel issues. Carswell, who is the only KMBBC employee that works out of the Pink House, has not vacated.

“We have no animosity against the KMBBC and I can’t control was they do, we made a request and I was understanding at the board meeting, that there was an agreement,” said Bailey.

In the last KMBBC board meeting, Adam and Pam stepped out to discuss their options about leaving the house. In that meeting, Cochran said he and Carswell agreed KMBBC leave the Pink House for 30-60 days.  He then asked Carswell if she agreed, she turned to him and nodded.

Carswell told The Telegraph  KMBBC did “not agree” to move out.

When asked at Tuesday’s special called meeting about agreeing in October 19th’s meeting, Carswell said “I just said O-K. Because I knew I was going to be out last week…”

Since Carswell was out because of medical leave last week, Bailey agreed to extend the vacating order until this week. Carswell has not moved out and there is still a blur if KMBBC will. Bailey says the Cherry Blossom Festival still stands by their vacating order.

The Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority (MBCIA) was also invited to give an update on their work. Commissioner Elaine Lucas expressed that the commission needed to get updates from MBCIA since some county money goes to the industrial authority.

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