By Ricki Garrett, PhD, Alderwoman at Large
In its meeting Tuesday evening, August 17, the Board of Aldermen heard an economic development report from Gabriel Prado, the city’s economic developer. Gabriel reviewed some developing projects with the Board, including a possible tenant for the Delphi Building in the Industrial Park, as well as Letters of Intent with several possible retailers. Following his report, Gabriel announced his resignation. Members of the Board of Aldermen have expressed a desire to have a more pro-active role in economic development and a willingness to sign non-disclosure agreements with developers in order to do that.
It was also announced that Mark Jones, our communications director, will be leaving his post to accept a position with the Department of Human Resources. We wish both Mark and Gabriel success in all of their future endeavors.
Alderman Chip Wilbanks presented two appointments to the Board, and they were approved unanimously. Garrett DeYoung will serve on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and Carolyn Hoff will serve on the City of Clinton Library Committee.
In approving department heads for the City, the Board of Aldermen voted six to one to expand the Communications Department to the Department of Communications and Tourism and place the Director of the Depot and the Director of the Visitors Center under the umbrella of the Department of Communications and Tourism. There are no changes to salaries. This will create a more cohesive and collaborative effort in tourism and the marketing of the city. A search will begin for a new Director of Communications and Tourism.
Finally, the Board extended the contract with SchoggenScapes for the maintenance of Kids’ Towne Park, Brighton Park, Robinson Park and Northside Park and approved a three-year advertising contract on the scoreboard on Arrow Field.
In other news, the Mayor and Board have finalized weeks of budget meetings in preparation for a public hearing and vote on the 2021-2022 budget on September 15. Also, Aldermen Garrett, Barnett and Oliver attended the Mississippi Municipal League legislative update this week at the offices of the Central Mississippi Planning and Development District offices in Pearl.