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Civic Corner: Board of Aldermen Recap

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

The Board of Aldermen met for the first meeting of February, and Mayor Fisher recognized Officer Stephen Bell, who was shown appreciation for his service in a letter from a citizen. Citizens often write to commend employees of the City for their work that goes above and beyond, and we appreciate that demonstration of appreciation.

Director of Communications Marlee Price gave the department head report. She updated the Board on her recent trip to New Jersey for a trade show with Welcome Home Mississippi and gave a recap of the recent job fair. She also previewed an upcoming events calendar that will be part of the City website and shared the results of the broadband survey for Clinton.

The Board authorized including additional services in the scope of services for the investigation of Robinson Spring, as it relates to the 80/20 Development Project. Those services include accessibility work in the area around the spring and the cleaning of the spring.

The Board also authorized Mayor Fisher to execute an agreement with Butler Snow to provide professional services as Dissemination Agent in connection with the City’s Annual Continuing Disclosure.

In other action, the Board of Aldermen approved a lease agreement between the City of Clinton and the Clinton Public School District for property associated with Water Well #8. The Board also approved allowing the Clinton Police Department to enter a Memorandum of Understanding with the Mississippi Cyber Fraud Task Force between CPD and the U.S. Secret Service for the purpose of investigative services. The Board also renewed the facility usage agreements with the Clinton Youth Sports Associations.

In further business, the Board of Aldermen voted its approval to accept the bid by Trisler Landscape in the amount of $47,298.79 as the lowest and best bid and authorize Mayor Fisher to execute a contract and any additional documentation for the Parkway Landscaping Project. The vote was 5 to 1 with Ward 3 Alderman Chip Wilbanks voting no and with my absence. This work is the result of both the summer drought and the failure of some parts of the sprinkler system on the Parkway.

The Board also approved a conditional use for LHC Adult Daycare at 800 Industrial Drive.

Under employment items, the Board of Aldermen approved the hiring of two certified police officers.

In the Work Session prior to this meeting, there had been considerable discussion about the bidding process for various projects and whether Clinton businesses should be given any additional points in the scoring process for bids. The Board will look into the bidding process. The Board also discussed the rationale for the closure of the frontage road in front of McDonalds and proposed financing of park lighting.

 

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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