Aldermen approve two Chamber events

Published 7:00 am Thursday, February 8, 2018

Several upcoming events for March were discussed and approved during Tuesday’s Poplarville Board of Alderman meeting.

During the meeting, the Board acknowledged a benefit ride to be organized by members of Blue Knights Chapter IX. The event will raise funds to help purchase radios for officers of the Poplarville Police Department. The ride will take place March 10, starting at Jack Read Park on Goodyear Boulevard in Picayune. Registration will start at 8 a.m. and cost $20 per bike and $10 per passenger. Participants of the ride will start from the park in Picayune, through Bogalusa and Angie and ending the ride in Poplarville at the Pearl River County Emergency Operations building at the intersection of Highway 11 and Highway 26 in Poplarville. Hamburger plates will be sold for $6 a piece. The event will also include several auctions. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to benefit the Poplarville Police Department.

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The Board also approved a request from the Poplarville Area Chamber of Commerce to host the second annual Movies on Main event. The event will be held at the Town Green/City Square Park on March 19 from 7 – 9 p.m. According to previous coverage, the event will be free to the public.

The Board also approved a request from the Chamber of Commerce to hold the annual Easter Egg Hunt on March 31. The event will take place from 1 – 4 p.m. at the Town Green/City Square Park. Unfortunately, according to Board members, this may be the last event to be held on the Town Green before construction begins on the new City Square Park in April or May.

Necessary repairs to the fire department’s ladder truck were also discussed during Tuesday’s meeting. The truck was used when purchased, and has been in need of several repairs to the brakes, hydraulic lift and electrical system. Fire Chief Jonathan Head said he hopes no other repairs will be necessary in the next year since the department has already exceeded it’s maintenance budget.

The department will soon be required to submit the truck for a three-hour acceptance check. If the truck passes, it will be approved for further use. If it does not, the department will be required to look for another truck, even though there are several years before the debt on the current truck will be paid off.

The meeting concluded with discussion of local laws and regulations regarding the operation of food trucks. City resident Michael Bennet requested permission to operate a truck to sell ice cream and snacks in the upcoming months. The Board concluded that Bennet would need to apply for a transient vendor license, and his truck (which he has not yet purchased) would need to undergo inspections to ensure it complies with state health regulations.

The next Board meeting will be Feb. 20, at 5 p.m. in City Hall.