Aldermen rehire city employees

By Russell Hood The Webster Progress-Times

Eupora aldermen voted last week to rehire/reappoint all city employees effective July 1.

Board members did so following a two-hour executive session to discuss personnel during their July 2 meeting.

After 45 minutes in closed session, Mayor Tommy Lott began calling in each department head present to meet separately with the board and him: City Clerk Lesa Hardin, Water/Wastewater Director Benny Neal, Fire Chief Richard Love, Police Chief Gregg Hunter and Street Superintendent Will Gary.

Also last week, the board approved Lott’s recommendation to hire Dwayne Dodd as a full-time water/wastewater trainee whose primary duty will be reading water meters.

His length of probation will be one year. During that time Dodd may, under the mayor’s direction, also work within the Street Department on days needed — not being used to read water meters. He will be paid for Street Department time from general city funds.

Name Alley Additionally, aldermen voted to name an alley running north and south of Fox Avenue between Clark and West Roane avenues “Marie Lane.”

This is the alley between North Dunn Street and Veterans Memorial Boulevard on the west and east sides.

Webster County 911 Director Jimmy McLemore told aldermen the alley needs a name because he must assign an address for a planned apartment that will have an entrance facing the alley. The apartment will be located behind Amazing Grace on North Dunn, according to McLemore. He suggested the name to pay homage to his late mother, Marie McLemore.

Other Action In other business July 2, the Board of Aldermen voted to:

• accept responsibility for the cost overrun of a stationary generator that the board voted to buy from Chlorination and Controls of Brandon, which submitted the lower of two quotes ($46,875) last month. Eupora received a hazard mitigation grant to cover 70 percent of the cost of the generator, which will be attached to one of its water wells. The city will be responsible for a cost overrun of $2,925 above the 30 percent previously agreed upon. • accept the lower quote of the two local banks for financing of a Street Department boom mower for 48 months. As of the meeting, Regions Bank had submitted the only quote, which was for financing at an interest rate of 1.94 percent. • accept a contract with Mississippi Demolition and Recycling for the demolition of the Garan building. Billy Brister (Ward 2), who is MDR owner Jim Smith’s brother-in-law, abstained. The board voted last month to award a contract to the company to demolish the building to the slab at no cost to the city. • transfer a 1995 Chevrolet pickup from the Water Department to the Street Department. • agree in a federal grant application to provide a 5 percent match for a new $300,000 fire truck if the 95 percent Assistance to Firefighters Grant is awarded.

Dan Burchfield (at large) was absent.