The Mayor and Board of Aldermen at its Tuesday night meeting approved joining Crime Stoppers, a nationwide crime fighting organization.
There will be no charge to the city for participation in the program. Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $2,500 for information leading to arrests. Funds will be derived from a $2 fee which will be added to every misdemeanor charge made in the city. These collections will go into a combined fund with other Mississippi counties and municipalities. Crime Stoppers then pays rewards from this combined fund.
In personnel matters, the board accepted the resignation of Jasmine Sharkey as an E911 dispatcher and named her a part time employee. Linda Hargrove was hired as a fulltime employee.
In the police department, Nathan Linkins and Kenneth Barron were promoted to Patrol One. Both are recent graduates of the Police Training Academy.
The board gave its approval for the purchase of an aerator for the sewage lagoons at a cost of $13,005 from S&N Air Flow Inc.
Prior to the meeting, a public hearing on rezoning of property owned by Ryan Lindsay was scheduled but was postponed until the board meeting on May 3. Another hearing was held on unclean property owned by Mosella Fox, 215 College Street, and Vera J. Larry, 351 Elm St. The board voted to demolish the College Street property. A spokesman for Vera Larry met the board, and after his remarks the board agreed to delay taking action on the property until the meeting on May 17.