A bond issue of about $6.3 million will be used to repave and otherwise fix streets in Greenwood.
During Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Mayor Carolyn McAdams said some of the money will go toward fees for attorneys and financiers administering the bonds.
According to Don Brock, the city’s attorney, the city may get the money days after Dec. 18, the day when the bond is validated by the Chancery Court.
The mayor also updated the council about the Fulton Street project, which would add period lighting and revamp the sidewalks and crosswalks to be made out of brick, simailar to the work previously done on Main and Howard streets. Construction is expected to begin in the spring.
The project is funded by a $750,000 grant from the Mississippi Department of Transportation, which the council accepted in June 2016. However, the mayor has said that money would only be enough to cover work from Front Street to Washington Street. It could be extended to Church Street if the city chose to apply for more grant money from MDOT.
On Tuesday, however, the mayor said she was told that there would not be additional funding from MDOT for 2020.
She asked the council to consider using $300,000 of the bond money to help extend the Fulton Street project to Church Street. No action was taken.
Ward 1’s Johnny Jennings was absent from the meeting.
In other business:
nThe mayor brought up the Local Government Debt Collection Setoff Act, a law approved by the Legislature earlier this year.
The law allows city and county governments to collect people’s debts through their state income tax refunds by partnering with either the Mississippi Municipal League or the Mississippi Association of Supervisors.
In Greenwood’s case, the city is working with Municipal Intercept Company, an entity within the Mississippi Municipal League, the mayor said.
On Greenwood’s behalf, the Municipal Intercept Company will work with the Department of Revenue to identify those who owe debts to the city and also are eligible for state income tax refunds.
The city has been sending out letters to debtors indicating money they owe and will continue to do so, the mayor said.
According to the law, notified debtors can request a hearing.
nGary Marchand, the interim CEO of Greenwood Leflore Hospital, introduced himself to the council and said he is committed to bringing long-term sustainability to the hospital.
nThe council approved a $5,000 donation for The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign. Greenwood’s Salvation Army is attempting to collect $80,000 in donations during the holiday season.
nThe council approved the reappointments of Katherine Mills, Pam Powers and Sybil Jordan to the city’s Planning Commission.
nThe council approved the appointment of Brittany Gray to the Ward 6 seat of the city’s Tourism Commission.
The Ward 6 seat is currently held Dorothy Huggins, whose term will expire Dec. 31. Gray will take her seat in January. Her term will expire Dec. 31, 2020, but the council can reappoint her.
nAllowed former police chief Ray Moore to purchase his city-issued sidearm and his badge for $1 in a gesture of appreciation for his service.
Moore was replaced by Jody Bradley on Monday. Moore retired after more than 17 years with the department, having served as chief since May 2014.
nContact Gerard Edic at 581-7239 or email@example.com.
The original version of this article incorrectly reported that construction for the Fulton Street Project would begin in January.