By GALEN HOLLEY
Grenada city councilmen talked infrastructure improvements and beautification projects for the Lake City with state and national leaders at the National League of Cities Conference last week.
Ward Three Councilman Lewis Johnson, along with Ward Two Councilman Frederick Wilson, Ward Four Councilman the Rev. Ernest Hargrove, City Manager Charles “Jo Jo” Weathers and County Engineer Robert Willis, attended the conference at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.C.
The biannual conference brings together city leaders from throughout the nation to meet, network and have face time with legislators who can help their causes.
Johnson said that he and other Grenada councilmen met Wednesday with U.S. House Member Bennie Thompson, the Democratic representative for the state’s Second Congressional District.
The topic of conversation with Thompson was the same it had been during a previous meeting with Republican U.S. Senator Thad Cochran, Johnson said.
“We talked about water infrastructure and about making improvements to the major points of entry into Grenada,” said Johnson.
Grenada’s water infrastructure is old, and in some cases it’s costing the city money.
According to Water Superintendent Dale Ratliff, as many as 1,100 of 8,500 meters recently read zero usage. In most cases that means that the meters are old and broken.
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