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Aldermen advance Spring Street changes

By Bob Arnold

Aldermen advance Spring Street changes
Personnel from Wesson Volunteer Fire Department (WVFD) accepted a $2,500 in grant funds from CenterPoint Energy at recent town Aldermen's meeting. Pictured from left to right are Herbert Kimble, WVFD; Angela Hester, City Clerk; Lieutenant Sam Carraway, WVFD; Michael Wolfe, Byram Area Manager for CenterPoint Energy; Eric Benson, Operations Supervisor for CenterPoint Energy; and Captain Chris Wade, WVFD. WVFD is using the funds to purchase equipment, including a multi gas meter, Thermal Imaging Cameras (TICs) and pagers.

With the Wesson police and fire departments, library and city hall on the western stretch of Spring Street off Highway 51 in the downtown area, the roadway is turning into a government and municipal services thorofare, and Wesson Alderman have taken two more steps to advance the progress.

At their July meeting, the Alderman moved to purchase the property and small cottage-like house between the library and new police department headquarters and approved repairs and aesthetic changes for the fire department building.

The goal is to house all government and municipal functions on Spring Street and make the building architecturally compatible, officials says.

In other actions, the Aldermen:

  • Delayed adoption of water ordinance changes pending customer notifications.

  • Approved closures of 17th, 18th Streets and a portion of West Street in compliance with state law on property Larry Ashley intends to develop on the west of Highway 51. The abandoned streets are shown on town documents, but do not physically exist.

  • Granted Wesson Volunteer Fire Department permission to purchase equipment funded by a CenterPoint Energy Community Partnership grant.

  • Moved Police Officers Garrett Starkey from a full-time to part-time position.

  • Set a public hearing on the proposed 2022-23 town budget for the August 2 Board of Aldermen meeting at 6 p.m. prior to a vote to approve it in September.

  • Passed a resolution recommended by the Mississippi Municipal League on use of federal water infrastructure funds.

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