Aldermen buy building for new police station

Published 11:33 am Thursday, September 23, 2021

The Board of Alderman met Tuesday to discuss projects that needed to be considered for public works, updates in the fire and police departments and approved events for the upcoming Halloween holiday.

During that meeting, the Board closed the final transaction for the purchase of the old Mississippi Power Company building and its adjacent land. Mayor Louise Smith, City Clerk Jane O’Neal and city attorney Gregory Holcomb were authorized to execute the final closing document for the building, located at 201 W. Cumberland St. The city of Poplarville will pay $125,000 to the Mississippi Power Company before Sept. 30 for this building, which is planned to become the new location of the Poplarville Police Department.

Public Works Superintendent Sam Hale provided an update on how removal of storm debris is going, saying employees in his department picked up 63 truckloads of storm debris caused by Hurricane Ida. Since starting that process on Sept 13, the department has picked up 22 loads of storm debris from residential customers. In total 85 truckloads of debris have been removed from the city.

City Engineer Jason Lamb discussed street maintenance projects to consider in the near future as the projects relate to planning and funds. He provided a list of roads and streets that need repair and the work required to fix them. He said that North Main Street has sewer trench failure, North Jackson Street needs a culvert replaced and West North Street has a failed box culvert under the sidewalk. He added that there is a need for a citywide asphalt paving and maintenance project. Three water system improvements are needed at a location on Highway 26 west, at the intersection of Buck Kirkland and Highway 53 and along Old Wiggins Highway. No action was taken on the matter, but the need for those repairs will be discussed more in the future.

The Board acknowledged the retirement and resignation of Oscar Bolton from the position of operator in the Public Works Department.

Now that the spot is open, the Board approved a motion  to accept in-house candidate applications for the position. If no qualified candidate is identified internally, the announcement will be advertised externally.

The Baord approved motions to remove Brandy Philip and Cameron Ladner from the Poplarville Fire Department’s part time roster effective immediately, and approved motions to add Robert Grady Holder to the part time roster effective Sept. 27 and add Emmett Cutchall to the department’s volunteer firefighter roster effective immediately.

Motions were also approved to promote Michael Diedrich from part time to full time firefighter and promote Jason Mitchell from full time firefighter to Deputy Fire Chief Fire effective Sept. 27.

The Board also approved a post travel motion for Officer Shawn Vincent with the Poplarville Police Department to participate  in a “Full refresher Course 201-3” at a cost of $1,500. The training was conducted at the Harrison County Law Enforcement Training Academy.

The Board also approved three-event requests from the Poplarville Chamber of Commerce. Those events are a pumpkin patch set for Oct. 9, 2021 from 9 a. m. – 3 p.m. on the Town Green or City Square Park, a Witches Ride on Oct. 30, from 4 to 5 p.m. and a Tick or Treat with Merchants on Main at the Town Green from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Oct. 29.

The Board also set a 9 p.m. curfew for door to door trick or treating on Oct. 29.