By Ricki Garrett, PhD, Alderwoman at Large
Our Department Head report at Tuesday’s [July 19] meeting was presented by Phillip Lilley, Director of Public Works. He explained to the Mayor and Board the difficulties he is having hiring enough employees to do the work of the Department. For example, currently, there is one employee picking up limbs in the city, rather than the two we normally have. If you have limbs to be picked up, be sure and fill out the online form, so that your request can be accommodated as quickly as possible.
The first item of business was the approval of the Conceptual Site Plan Review for the properties located at the corner of Springridge Road and Highway 80. This property is being developed by Mississippi College and developer Ben Walker. It is being assisted through a legislative appropriation of eight million dollars, made possible by Speaker of the House Philip Gunn. These funds will be used by the City of Clinton to build the infrastructure on the property, including roads, lighting, and water and sewer. The hope is that a variety of businesses will be a part of this development. The Board of Aldermen are very excited about the possibilities, both for the students at Mississippi College and for the citizens of Clinton, as a whole.
In other good news, the Board approved the Master Fee Proposal by Design Workshop/Native Habitats for the future development of the 84-acre park. This park will be developed with considerable input from the citizens of Clinton and with an eye toward keeping the area as natural as possible. It could possibly include such amenities as a RV Park, camping/glamping, disc golf, a zipline, and hiking and biking trails.
The improvements to the Lovett Waste Water Treatment Facility moved closer to fruition with the authorization for bids approval. Also, approval for the election expenditures for the August 2 special election for Ward 3 Alderman was granted. This election is for Ward 3 citizens only and will take place at the administrative building at Traceway Park. Five candidates have qualified to run. They include Ronnie Morton, Gary Rosamond, Robert Chapman, Chris Hughes and Reggie Walker.
For those who love tennis, the Board has approved an agreement with EKS Management, LLC to provide tennis services at Brighton Park. This agreement will greatly enhance tennis services in our city through full-time tennis management, tennis lessons, tournaments and a pro shop, located in the administrative building at Brighton Park.
The Board also approved the purchase of new utility billing software for the Clinton Public Works Department, and accepted Hemphill Construction Company’s bid for the Broadway Street Sewer Repair. The Board also declared an emergency exists, based on preliminary investigation, in a portion of the sewer system located adjacent to Hunters Ridge Subdivision and directed our Public Works/City Consulting Engineer to further investigate and prepare a design for needed improvements.
Finally, the Board approved the award for our 2022 street paving to Adcamp, Inc., in the amount of $1,035,420.40. A listing of those streets which are slated for paving and striping is available on the City of Clinton website.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Space will be provided in each issue of The Clinton Courier to the Board of Aldermen for a recap of each meeting. Aldermen are asked to volunteer to provide this recap for the Courier.