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Aldermen Handle Routine Business

By David Howell


WATER VALLEY – The city’s bank accounts will earn .66 percent interest in 2017, up slightly from half of a percent last year after city aldermen accepted the bid from Mechanics Bank to serve as the depository during the first meeting of the new year. The bid from Mechanics was higher than a second bid from Renasant Bank for .155 percent interest. 

Other business conducted during the Jan. 2 meeting included:

• Aldermen also accepted two bids from Jerry Daum to purchase a .205-acre tract of land and a 0.049-acre tract of land from the city. The city advertised the surplus property back in November and Daum’s bids totaling $452 were the sole bids. Mayor Larry Hart explained the property was originally intended for use as a connecting street from Panola Street to Clay Street. The property is located adjacent to Daum’s property.

The bid notice was published in the Herald and included five different small tracts of city property. No bids were received on the other three tracts.

•  Main Street Manager Mickey Howley delivered his monthly report to city officials.

“We think we have a coffee shop lined up to open this year,” Howley reported. He also said there are several articles in the works that will be published in Mississippi magazines to publicize the town. In closing, Howley told aldermen a membership drive will get underway in the coming months for the Water Valley Arts Council and Main Street Association.

• Voted unanimously to renew a 10-year lease for the Lion’s Club use of the city-owned depot building. 

“I think this is the third time,” Mayor Larry Hart explained about the lease that will mark more than two decades of Lions Club use of the building. The lease does not require the club to pay a monthly fee for use of the building, but the club is responsible for the upkeep of the buildings.

• Approved the quarterly write-off for the electric department in the amount of almost $7,500 for September, October and November.  The write-offs are part of the city’s accounting and collection efforts will continue on the delinquent accounts.

“We have a large one on there,” Hart explained about the delinquent accounts, explaining that there was a bill in the amount of $2,167 from Tina Gordon and Phillip McKinnon. 

“They are alleged to have stolen this electricity, hooked it up themselves before any discovery was made. We are prosecuting this,” Hart added.

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