Thursday, May 19, 2011
City OKs cleaning monuments
By SUE WATSON
The Mississippi Department of Archives and History has given the nod for letting bids on cleaning historic monuments at Hill Crest Cemetery.
Mayor Andre’ DeBerry said specifications for the work will be included in the bid.
Alderman Garrie Colhoun wanted assurance the work would be done by professionals.
“We need to be sure there is an expert,” he said. “There are experts in monument restoration. You can’t take Clorox and a brush.”
“And air pressure cannot be used,” DeBerry said. “We are looking for a vendor. The process is already approved.”
With this discussion the board of aldermen voted unanimously to advertise for bids on the job.
DeBerry turned attention to the legislative report, saying the city got $100,000 toward wastewater handling and $3.6 million toward a $13 million-plus facility to handle wastewater. Another $2 million was reauthorized by the department of finance for DIP (Development Infrastructure Program) funds, including work to be done on Hill Crest Cemetery.
“We did pretty good in this year’s session,” DeBerry said.
In street matters, Colhoun asked about disruption of recent street work on College Street in front of First State Bank.
Jarius LeaSure, street department supervisor, said the street had to be opened to stop water leaks. He said the spots would be patched as soon as asphalt plants start back to work.
Utility general manager Don Hollingsworth said the leaks arose from old service lines in the street.
The mayor thanked Ken McMullen, head of the recreation department, and police chief Robert Pearson for assisting a Greyhound bus full of passengers find a safe place to stay at the Multi-Purpose Building after a bus tire caught fire. Passengers spent a number of hours as guests of the city until Greyhound could get another bus here to carry passengers on to their destinations.
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