Thursday, July 29, 2010
Cemetery gate repairs on go
By SUE WATSON
After more than a year of disrepair, the front gate columns at historic Hill Crest Cemetery are likely to be repaired soon.
Mayor Andre’ DeBerry announced last week the city will be accepting quotes for the repair of the masonry work which was knocked off kilter likely by a service truck. He said specifications for the repair work were received from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History recently. Copies of the specifications can be obtained from the city clerk’s office.
The mayor closed off the entrance last year because passing through could cost the city if someone claimed they were harmed by falling bricks or the cast-iron archway itself. The board then passed a motion made by alderman Garrie Colhoun to seek quotes for the repair.
Some of the cemetery’s dedicated guardians were present once again at the Tuesday night board meeting, pushing for the completion of the work. Uncertain that the board and mayor are intent on getting the gate repaired as speedily as possible, several of the ladies asked if the gate could be repaired in August.
DeBerry said in all respects the procedures required by Archives and History would be followed to make sure the work was done following state law. The work will be paid for with money from a grant the city already has funded from Archives and History.
In other business, Michael Douglas Anderson was given permission to hold a program at Boundary Park July 31, from noon to 6 p.m.
Dubbed “Hands Around the Park,” a group has formed to provide a venue for school uniform swaps. Children whose school uniforms no longer fit may bring their old ones to swap for another size. Uniforms will be used. The benefit will also offer adopt a child uniform help and free school supplies will be handed out. A prayer is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. Anderson said the entire community is invited to participate. The park is at the corner of West College Street and West Boundary.
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