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Bibb City residents look to Mayor for support

By Curtis McCloud -   bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) This time last year Chris Johnson wouldn't have been able to hear the sounds the wind chime on his front porch because of disruptive neighbors. Now he says things are a lot quieter in Bibb City.

"We see a great deal of people now more than normal, riding their bikes on the river walk and you can tell there is a change in the attitude," Johnson said.

Johnson has lived in the once prominent mill town for more than 15 years. He and other neighbors want one thing, to feel safe in their own back-yards.

"Everybody just wants a piece of mind and a little normalcy, you know just to be able to come outside walk the streets and not have to worry," Johnson said.  

Lilly Proctor calls Bibb City home. She agrees things seem to be getting better but says there is still a lot that needs to be done.

"I might not live to see it but it's going to get done," Proctor said.

To get things done, residents are reaching out to Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson. The Mayor met with member of the Bibb City community tonight with hopes of continuing efforts to reduce crime and recapture the spirit of a once thriving area.

"We are not going to stop, we are not going to slow down, we are just going to keep pushing and we are going to turn crime around in this city," Mayor Tomlinson said.

The Mayor says that the new white water rafting project will help revive Bibb City and bring more businesses to the community. 

For Chris Johnson more police patrol and involvement from city officials has been a long time coming. A huge step he says, in the right direction.

"It's never going to be perfect but if you don't try to do something about it, it will never get better," Johnson said.

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