The Grenada City Council on Monday identified a problem with residential garbage collection and voted to accept its annual, financial audit.
To begin business, Ward Two Councilman Fredrick Wilson praised Street Department Director Will Bradford for recent work that he and his crew did on a water main break near the intersection of Martin Luther King Blvd. and South Street.
“You’re one of the best managers we have in the city,” Wilson said. “You’re an asset to this city.”
Wilson also complimented Bradford’s work on the Dogwood’s golf course, where he took care of problematic drainage issues.
Grenada Mayor Billy Collins later elaborated on Wilson’s comments.
“Will stays within his budget and does a great job considering the resources he has,” said Collins.
Ellis Under Fire
With equal aplomb, Wilson criticized Parks and Recreation Director Richard Ellis over the condition of the city swimming pool.
“I’m sad and disappointed,” said Wilson. “We’ve got nine months now to get it straight.”
Missing tiles and generally shabby conditions occasioned his criticism, Wilson said later.
Ward Three Councilman Lewis Johnson proposed that the city take a look at all its real property to see what isn’t being used and might be sold.
“There are several pieces of property throughout the city that may not be suitable for our purposes, and they represent potential revenue,” said Johnson.
According to Collins, much of that property was purchased with mitigation funds. It lies in a flood plain region and, therefore, has stipulations attached.
Some of those properties include a large block of land behind the fire station south of town, a subdivision north of the railroad tracks, just off Main St., a park in Futheyville, near the Yalobusha River, and some land north of the river, situated between Hwy. 51 and Main Street.
Johnson also proposed an amnesty program for collecting old municipal fines.
“Getting something is better than getting nothing,” he said.
According to information supplied by Weathers’ office after the meeting, just under $406,000 in municipal fines are being paid in installments.
For the full story, see the printed edition of the GrenadaStar.