Aldermen fire city attorney

Published 7:00 am Thursday, November 23, 2017

Poplarville’s Board of Aldermen fired attorney Nick Thomspon and hired Colette Oldmixon who’ll serve as the new Board Attorney.

The change came during Tuesday’s meeting, and Oldmixon’s first task is to investigate accusations that a Poplarville Police officer inappropriately closed a concert being put on by Flight 411 after a football game the night of Aug. 18. She is asked to provide those findings and her recommendation on or before December 19.

At the end of Tuesday night’s meeting the Board went into executive session to discuss the matter, which also included representatives of the Poplarville Police Department. The discussion concerned hiring a third party investigator to look into the complaint made at previous Board meetings that the Poplarville Police officer prematurely closed the “Friday Night Lights Concert,” which took place at the fairgrounds that night in August.

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In other business, during the code enforcement segment of the meeting, a piece of property on Roy Street was declared a public nuisance. No address was provided for that property.

As for the burned remains of a home located at 818 S. Julia Street, a vacant and deteriorating home at 204 S. Haynes Street and the presence of broken down vehicles and rubbish piles at 202 West Ida Avenue, no action was taken on those matters. 

City Clerk Jane O’Neal reviewed bids from local financial institutions for the purpose of purchasing two 2018 Ford Police Interceptor sedans by the Police Department, and one 2018 Dodge 5.7L HEMI pickup truck for the Public Works Department. Hancock Bank submitted the lowest bid with an interest rate of 2.59 percent. O’Neal said the Board took the request under advisement and no action was taken.

The Board approved a special event request submitted by Greg Holcomb, who represents the Poplarville Chamber of Commerce. His request entailed showing a G-rated or PG-rated holiday movie for the public on December 5, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the town green on Main Street.

The next Board meeting will be Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. in City Hall.