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Wet Weather Pushes Back Start Date For Market

Mayor Larry Hart explains the procedure to rezone a piece of property as attorneys John Crow and Daniel Martin observe.

By Jack Gurner

WATER VALLEY – Cool, wet weather in early spring has delayed the opening of the Water Valley Farmers Market, according to Mickey Howley, director of the Water Valley Main Street Association.

            During his report to aldermen Tuesday night, May 5, Howley said that the market would not open until Saturday, May 30, because farmers weren’t expecting to have much in the way of produce until the end of the month.

            Howley also told aldermen that Water Valley is involved in three film projects. The first is as a “guinea pig” for a film project by the Mississippi State Extension Service. The city’s downtown will also be part of a master’s degree film project in connection with the Southern Studies Department at Ole Miss. Finally, he noted that a local premier of the film “85% Broken” was held recently.

            Among other actions:

            • Opened bids for a street sweeper. Ingram Equipment bid $119,200 with an alternate bid for a smaller unit at $100,350 and Covington Sales and Service bid $140,900 and their alternate was $138,500. Aldermen took the bids under advisement.

            • Agreed to begin the procedure to rezone a piece of property belonging to the estate of Hershel Howell from R-1 (single family dwellings) to R-3 (multi-family dwellings). Attorney for the estate, Trent Howell, had appeared before the planning commission and they recommended that the property be rezoned. It is located in the area of the Berkshire Apartments, which are multi-family units.

            • Adopted a resolution to furnish $300,000 in matching funds to obtain a Community Development Block Grant to continue sewer rehabilitation work. The matching funds would come from a Appalachian Regional Commission Grant and not from city coffers, Mayor Larry Hart explained.

            • Granted an appointment by the Blackmur Memorial Library Board of Trustees. The library board asked that Calvin Hawkins be appointed to a five-year term to replace Daliah McLeod, who resigned.

            • Entered executive session for a personnel matter. After the approximately 10 minute session, Hart said the only action taken was to terminate an employee for disciplinary reasons.

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