The Board welcomed Deputy City Clerk, Jeremy Jones, to the meeting in the absence of City Clerk Jimmy Baldridge, who is recovering from surgery. Also, in her first presentation to the Board of Aldermen, Anna Nutt, the Director of the Clinton Chamber of Commerce, gave an overview of upcoming events. She said the Clinton Christmas parade would be Saturday morning, December 2, at 10:00 a.m. It will be preceded by the Christmas Yule Run, which continues to draw increasing numbers of walkers and runners. Currently over 100 entrants have registered for the Christmas parade.
In Board of Aldermen Discussion and Reports, Ward 3 Alderman, Robert Chapman made a motion to reappoint his current appointment to the Parks and Recreation Committee for another term. The Board also passed a resolution proclaiming November 25th as Small Business Saturday in Clinton.
After tabling a motion at the last meeting of the Board of Aldermen, the Board authorized adding a second pick-up each week by Waste Management of the dumpster behind City Hall that is used for Olde Towne businesses. The Board’s concern had been that the businesses were already being charged for individual pickups, and the city would also be charged for the additional pickup. An agreement was reached to drop the individual pickup expense for the businesses.
The Board of Aldermen approved the designation of WGK, Inc. as the Engineering Services Provider for the FY2023 Delta Regional Authority Project. It also approved the authorization for Mayor Fisher to execute a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Mississippi Department of Homeland Security in connection with the performance of a cyber security assessment.
Police Chief, Hayman Ford, presented a request for approval for the Board of Aldermen to approve a list of weapons to be posted and sold at auction with the proceeds to be remitted to the City. Chief Hayman recognized Sergeant Marie Conner, who is responsible for keeping up with the personal property that has either been seized or abandoned, and for later disposal in accordance with MS Code 1-25-25. The motion was made, seconded, and approved unanimously.
Tennis lovers in the City will be pleased by the Board’s action to accept the lowest and best quote of $51,048.00 from American Tennis Courts to re-surface six tennis courts at Brighton Park.
In other action the Board of Aldermen authorized the advertisement of an RFP for landscape services on Clinton Parkway and Interstate 20 interchanges to replace the landscape plants that died during the recent drought while the sprinkler system was not operating. The Board also gave approval to advertise for 2023 drainage channel slope stabilization improvements for ditches on Sunset and Kings Drive.
The Board agreed to approve an architectural review for Sam Graham at 101 Crosspark Drive to build a building for his business. The Board also agreed to an amended site plan for Ben Walker’s development, Brookfield Subdivision, on Pinehaven Road.
In final action, the Board of Aldermen approved the hiring of one certified firefighter/EMT and two uncertified firefighters pending completion of the hiring process.