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Civic Corner: Board of Aldermen Recap Dec 5

Ricki Garrett alderwoman at largeBy Ricki Garrett, PhD, Alderwoman-at-Large

The Board of Aldermen welcomed Parks and Recreation Director Courtney Nunn to the December 5 meeting to give an update. She said that they had been working tirelessly to clean up the parks in the city. They have also celebrated several events at Halloween, including the Haunting of Olde Towne and an event at Bark Park. A new event, Neon Nights Pickleball Tournament, drew twenty-eight teams. Registrations for spring, summer and fall sports teams are beginning.

In a Board of Aldermen report, I presented for consideration the nomination of Drew Brooks for a position on the Parks and Recreation Committee. Drew is a vice-president for Ergon and attended Mississippi College. He is an active supporter of the Parks and Recreation Department. The motion was seconded and approved unanimously, with Karen Godfrey absent due to a family emergency.

After many months of work and discussion, the Board of Aldermen approved a redistricting map for the City of Clinton. Many thanks to Ward 2 Alderman Jim Martin, who worked tirelessly to develop a map that would be a positive one for the City and could garner the support of each of the Aldermen. A motion was made to approve Map 9, and it was seconded and approved unanimously.

In another action of the Board, the Mayor was approved to execute a letter of intent for underwriting and/or placement of agent services with Raymond James & Associates.

Historically, the Board of Aldermen has not met for the second meeting in December, so the Board voted unanimously to cancel the regular meeting of the Board, scheduled for December 19, and set the next meeting for January 2.

The Board unanimously approved a certificate of appropriateness for the removal of a tree at Cedar Grove Cemetery that is dropping limbs on the grave sites. It also approved a conditional use for Candace Harvey to operate a personal care home at 2227 Old Vicksburg Road. This facility had once served in that capacity and had also been a children’s daycare.

The Board of Aldermen moved forward with the adoption of the City of Clinton comprehensive Zoning Ordinance. However, there are still some areas of the ordinance that Board Members would like to examine further. The Board also approved the hiring of a program coordinator for Therapeutic Recreation.

In business not on the agenda, Mayor Fisher brought forward a request to advertise for an up-ground generator that had been recently approved by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.

As we end this very busy year for the Mayor and Board of Aldermen, we would like to wish everyone a very happy holiday Season and best wishes for the New Year. We thank you for your commitment to Clinton and your willingness to share with us your ideas, concerns and messages of appreciation. We deeply appreciate the work of our department heads and the employees who work diligently to make Clinton the very special place that it is.

 

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.

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