By Jack Gurner
WATER VALLEY – Just a little over a year after it started, the Baker Street Park project is officially completed after Aldermen made the final payment.
The Board authorized the final cash requisition of $4937.38 at their regular meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 3. “All that money comes from our grant and that closes it out,” Mayor Larry Hart said. “We have a real nice park over there.”
The community park was closed on Oct. 25 of last year for renovations under a $97,779 grant from the Mississippi Development Authority. It was officially reopened for public use on Aug. 8 of this year after the work was completed.
The final payments go to Valley Lumber for $266.90; Jefcoat Recreation & Construction for $320.56; Miracle Recreation Equipment Co. for $2349.92; and North Central Planning and Development for $2000.
Among other actions at the Nov. 3 meeting, the Board of Aldermen:
• Appointed Eddie Magee to the Planning Commission to replace Bonnie Cox whose term expired. Alderman at Large Donald Gray nominated Magee, a former Manager of the City Electric Department.
“Might have to break Eddie’s routine,” quipped Mayor Hart. “He’s fallen into a retired mode.”
• Reappointed Dollie Henderson, Daliah McLeod, and Shelley Howell to the Board of Trustees of the Blackmur Memorial Library.
• Voted to advertise for the SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) for monitoring the water system. The City is now under a requirement for 24-hour continuous monitoring of the chlorine residue in the drinking water.
“Do we have a certain date when that has to be in effect?” asked Gray.
“No,” the Mayor responded. “We just have a heavy hand over us. As long as we can show we are making a good effort, DEQ is working along with us.”
Along with monitoring the chlorine levels, the system will also keep track of other areas of the water system. The price could be as high as $150,000, but a grant is expected to cover at least part of the cost.
• Relinquished an easement on a piece of Wagner Street property which was believed to have sewer lines running underneath. Investigation by the Water Department showed that no utilities were present on the property.
• Voted to advertise for the city depository for 2010 and followed that with a vote to advertise for culverts.
• Set the City’s upcoming holiday schedule for Veterans Day (Wed., Nov. 11); Thanksgiving (Thurs., Nov. 26 and Fri., Nov. 27); Christmas (Thurs., Dec. 24 and Fri. Dec. 25); and New Years (Thurs., Dec. 31 and Fri., Jan. 1).
The dates match those set by the State in a proclamation from Governor Haley Barbour.
• Adjourned. The next regular meeting of the Mayor and Board is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 1, beginning at 6: 30 p.m. in the boardroom of City Hall.
Present at the November meeting in addition to those mentioned were Aldermen Bobby Cox, Phillip Tallant, and Larry Bell. Fred White was absent. The board meeting lasted just over 13 minutes.