Thursday, June 25, 2009
City honors outgoing aldermen
By SUE WATSON
The city of Holly Springs passed out praises last week to outgoing aldermen Tim Liddy, with four and a half years service, and Nancy Hutchens, who completed 24 years on the board.
Inside the conference room on the second floor of City Hall were snacks and punch, shared by city employees and the aldermen and mayor. Outgoing alderman Naylond Hayes was not in attendance.
To open the meeting, Mayor Andre’ DeBerry asked Hutchens to say the prayer, a task he usually performs himself.
Hutchens gave thanks for the city and prayed that the new board of aldermen “have wisdom and courage to speak their minds and to make good decisions for the city.”
In presenting a plaque of appreciation from the city for service to Liddy, DeBerry said the alderman-at-large was “persistent and insistent and represented the people of the city well.”
To Hutchens, he said he checked as far back in history as he could reasonably go and found not many aldermen have served 24 years. The mayor served as alderman 10 of those years and as mayor for eight of those years while Hutchens was on the board.
“You were a methodical board member - the financial pin of the group,” he said.
Hutchens also was named to the Hall of Fame of the Mississippi Municipal League, an honor that requires a minimum of 20 years tenure.
After presentation of plaques, the mayor and board went to work closing out the fiscal year ending June 30. They approved purchase of a small pickup for the Holly Springs Utility District which will be used for meter reading.
Collins said the budget for the electric department looks good but “the gas is not so good.”
“We are making enough to pay the gas bill but not enough to pay operating expenses on gas (service),” Collins said.
He said HSUD is looking at expenses in the gas department, particularly the cost of replacing old metal lines with modern ones.
He thanked the board of aldermen and Liddy and Hutchens for hiring him and for a good working relationship.
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