Bibb commissioners react to Macon council’s criticism over condition of pools | Politics | Macon.com

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Bibb commissioners react to Macon council’s criticism over condition of pools | Politics | Macon.com

Bibb County commissioners had a strong reaction to their Macon City Council counterparts’ criticism earlier this week of all the public pools not opening by Memorial Day.

As part of the service delivery strategy, the county took over the six public pools from the city last year. Most of the pools required major repair work when the county acquired them, said Macon-Bibb County Parks & Recreation Director Dale “Doc” Dougherty. Because of repair issues, the pool at Freedom Park had to be closed for a second straight summer, and the Frank Johnson Center pool likely is closed for this summer.

The county opened three pools — East Macon Park, Memorial Park and Booker T. Washington Community Center — to the public on Tuesday, while a fourth pool at Bloomfield Community Center should be open in a couple of weeks, officials said.

City Council members Monday criticized the county and added a resolution to Tuesday’s agenda “expressing concern” that there wouldn’t be enough pools to accommodate the community’s roughly 25,000 youths this summer. Councilman Henry Ficklin compared the delay in finishing the Frank Johnson pool to racial segregation of recreation facilities, while City Council President James Timley called the situation “shameful.”

During Tuesday morning’s county committee meetings, commissioners lashed back at the city, saying the pools and other facilities were in poor shape when they were transferred to the county last year. They noted that in previous years, the city removed line items from Macon’s budget that would have paid for pool repairs before the county took them over.

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