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Board of Aldermen looking for new fire chief

The Poplarville Fire Department retired surplus items from its inventory list at Poplarville’s Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday.

Interim Fire Chief Donald D’Antonio asked the Board to declare worn 50-foot hoses in two different diameter sizes as surplus, along with a damaged radio, a damaged flashlight, worn out couches and used thermal batteries. The hoses have holes and if used would be a liability, said D’Antonio.

The Board also set a date to interview applicants for the position of fire chief on Dec. 10 at 5:30 p.m.   

In a separate matter, the Board discussed appointing a new member to the Poplarville School Board. The Board is currently considering one person, but Board members Anne Smith and Shirley Wiltshire have other individuals they want to nominate. The Board will discuss the appointment and try to appoint someone at the next regular meeting on Dec. 17 at 5 p.m.

In a separate matter, the Board approved updating signature authority for two city bank accounts, the fire department auxiliary fund account and the bond issue street repairs account, both at Hancock Whitney Bank. The accounts are old and as such required an update to the signature authority, said City Clerk Jane O’Neal.

The fire department auxiliary fund previously had fire department employees listed with signing authority, but O’Neal said the signing authority should be the same three individuals as are authorized on the other city accounts.

The three people with primary signature authority on city accounts are Mayor Rossie Creel, mayor pro tempore Shirley Wiltshire and O’Neal.

The Board also created an account for the police auxiliary fund at Hancock Whitney Bank. Previously the fund was at BankPlus, but that account has been closed and the $4,575 balance will be deposited in the new account. That account change also updated the primary signature authority.

In other business the Board:

—Appointed Lauren Baker to fill the vacant position on the Poplarville Planning Commission.

—Accepted the resignation of Assistant Superintendent Of Public Works John Hancock, who is retiring and authorized accepting in house applications for the position.

—Accepted the resignation of Deputy Clerk Linda DuPont who is retiring and authorized accepting in-house applications for the position.

—Authorized appointing police Captain Daniel Collier as a deputy court clerk, which will allow officers to swear tickets to him. The other police captain is already serving as a deputy court clerk, said O’Neal. 

—Approved a request from the Poplarville Chamber of Commerce to host Movies on Main at the City Square Park on Dec. 20 at 6 p.m.

—Approved a request from the Poplarville Chamber of Commerce to host a pictures with Santa event at City Square Park on Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.

—Authorized letting family members of fire department employees ride on the fire truck in the annual Poplarville Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade on Dec. 6.