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City Updates Rescue Tools

Aldermen Larry Bell and Bobby Cox review city financial information before the January city board meeting. – Photo by Jack Gurner

By Jack Gurner

WATER VALLEY – The fire department is getting new rescue equipment after aldermen agreed to purchase a Jaws of Life spreader for $7,894 from Sunbelt Fire Equipment.
    Mayor Larry Hart said that about a year ago the city purchased a Jaws of Life cutter for the department and this year the funds are available from the state to purchase the spreader. Both pieces of equipment are used mainly to extricate victims of car crashes.
    Both devices are battery operated and are charged from the electrical system of a fire truck or rescue van.
    Among other actions on Jan. 4, aldermen:
    • Heard a report from Water Valley Main Street Director Mickey Howley, who said he had four items to discuss.    
    Howley told aldermen that cooperative shopping promotions between Main Street and the Water Valley Area Chamber of Commerce were held during the Christmas shopping season. “It was one of the most successful shopping seasons we’ve had downtown recently,” he said.
    Howley continued that the downtown WiFi system had been installed thanks to a $9000 grant through several partners included the Appalachian Regional Commission and North Central Planning and Development District.
    Third item on his list was a creative economy grant from Mississippi Development Authority Tourism Office. Water Valley was one of only four places in the state to receive the grant. The first funds were awarded to a new creative business, Yalo Run Textile Supply.
    The new business is a cooperative venture between textile artist Susan Cianciolo of New York and Coulter Fussell of Yalo Studio. Total creative economy impact for the city of Water Valley should amount to around $40,000, Howley said.
    The final item was about a Main Street Board training session to be held the following evening at the Main Street office.
    • Spread on the minutes the tax exemption final order for two local industries: BorgWarner (true value of $8,883,413) and Allied Industries (true value of $133,500).
    • Wrote off $9,925 in delinquent accounts for the months of September, October and November from the Water Valley Electric Department.
    The mayor emphasized that the amounts are removed from the active accounts, but the city continues to attempt to collect them.
    • Approved expenses for City Board Attorney John Crow to attend a Municipal Attorney seminar in Jackson during January.

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