Posts Tagged ‘alderman’

City operating under ‘throwback’ commission-style government

VICKSBURG — Its cannons, historic homes and landmarks aren’t Vicksburg’s only throwback to history. Its municipal government is a relic from when the city was younger, smaller and the issues confronting city leaders were easier to handle. Since 1913, Vicksburg has operated under the commission form of government approved by the Mississippi Legislature in 1908. […] [...]

Mayor says not anti-gun, but wants ban on city property

OCEAN SPRINGS — Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran’s response to Mississippi’s open carry law is an ordinance to bar firearms on city property. She’s far from anti-gun. “I am certainly in favor of second amendment rights. I myself have a gun, and I’m a pretty good shot, but I wouldn’t bring it to city hall,” […] [...]

City mulls the banning of firearms from buildings, parks

NATCHEZ — Natchez is considering a firearms ban for city-owned building and property. The Natchez Democrat reports Alderman Ricky Gray asked city attorney Hyde Carby if the city could post “no firearms” signs at city buildings and parks. Gray said he believes prohibiting firearms on city property would be in the best interest of public […] [...]

Board votes to ban guns on all city property

VICKSBURG — Vicksburg is banning firearms city property except for law enforcement officers. The Vicksburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen adopted the ban this week. The Vicksburg Post reports the board also ordered signs to be put up on city buildings and at parks. The ban is to take effect Monday. No penalty is attached […] [...]

Aldermen want to land debris contractor before storm hits

MOSS POINT — The Board of Aldermen has approved a request to advertise for debris pickup in case of a storm. Alderman-at-large Houston Cunningham said the city wants to have a plan in place for debris removal in case a hurricane makes landfall this season, rather than trying to find a contractor after the storm. […] [...]

Appeals panel rules against town in race discrimination case

COMO — A federal appeals panel has upheld the award of $50,000 to former Como police chief Cleve Gale for “emotional distress” after his 2008 firing from the chief’s job. A federal jury ruled for Gale in 2012. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the verdict June 13, denying […] [...]

Man resigns from job, takes pay cut to be alderman

BROOKHAVEN — Brookhaven alderman-elect Randy Belcher has decided to resign as a deputy sheriff and stay with his elected position. Belcher was elected alderman in May. He is to take office July 1. According to state law, Belcher could not simultaneously serve in two branches of government. The alderman’s post is considered legislative and the […] [...]

Commissioners toss coin to decide alderman election

RIENZI — Harold W. Palmer has won a coin toss and the election to an alderman’s post in Rienzi. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports town officials learned this past week from the Secretary of State’s Office that the tie vote between Palmer, with 45 votes, and Melissa Bearden Morgan, 45 votes, had to be […] [...]

New politician wins office after clerk pulls slip from hat

WALLS — A political newcomer has won an election drawing for alderman in Walls, DeSoto County’s smallest municipality. The Commercial Appeal reports that Tammy Patrick and incumbent Jimmy Doyle each got 18 votes in a six-person race for five seats on the Board of Aldermen. Town clerk Amie Carr pulled a slip of paper out of […] [...]

City wants schools to cut millage while it raises taxes elsewhere

OCEAN SPRINGS — Aldermen say they’d like to meet with Ocean Springs school officials to discuss with them the urgency in reducing school taxes. Alderman Jerry Dalgo says the best solution to the city’s financial crunch is for the school district to come down on its millage for the coming fiscal year, which would in […] [...]

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