Meridian Star

Letters

February 6, 2012

Thank you from the mayor

MERIDIAN —     My fellow citizens, thank you for a wonderful open house for your newly renovated city call. It was truly a grand showing of civic pride in our community. We saw, on the steps of city hall, a dynamic, diverse, engaged community coming together as one Meridian.

    The City of Meridian thanks the many people who came together to give of their time and talent to make the open house a historical day.

    Thank you to the Honorable Jimmy Kemp, the Honorable Mary Perry, and the Honorable Barbara Henson for sharing your precious time and your words of wisdom.

    Thank you, Reverend Helen Tester, Father Francis Cosgrove, Pastor Cynthia Cross, and Pastor Greg Williams for your uplifting prayers for our leaders, our city hall, our city staff, and our community.

    Thank you Richard Ferguson, Ginger Grissom, Wayne McInnis, Richelle Putnam and Greg Cartmell for the gift of your creative and musical talents.

    Thank you to Butler Snow, Meyer & Rosenbaum Insurance Company, Glover, Young Walton & Simmons PLLC, Benefits Management Group, Government Solutions, and Pretty Presentations for sponsoring the open house. Your generosity transformed a historical day into a momentous occasion.

    Thank you to Engineering Resource Group, Archer Architecture, Richard Hudgens, George Fore, and Panola Construction for renovating our city hall into a one-of-a-kind treasure in Mississippi.

    Thank you to the many city staff who worked tirelessly to make the open house a day for Meridian to proudly remember.

    Thank you to Ed Skipper who, for five years, did a tremendous job and oversaw the massive undertaking of renovating city hall.

    Thank you to Major Howard & MHS Color Guard whose presentation of colors was conducted with both nobility and reverence.

    Thank you to MCC Dimensions whose voices filled our stairways and halls with their unique sounds of splendid chorus.

    All of you made the day unforgettable for the citizens of Meridian.

    City hall renovation was a tremendous challenge and everyone who has followed the project knows that.

    When I took office renovations were halfway completed and there were a number of important decisions to be made in order to redirect the renovation and bring this project to its completion. I appreciate everyone who came together to help us.

    We at the city are honored to say that the open house ceremony served as a model of what can happen when people work together and when citizens and government move forward as one.

      It was fabulous to see so many citizens walking the corridors of city hall. We stood together in the mayor’s office and looked out over our city, our future. It was humbling to see over one thousand citizens visit city hall. It is inspiring to know that, over the past two years, citizens have become a partner with Meridian government, again.

    Thank you, my fellow citizens, my partners, for joining with me to help make our city one Meridian.

    Did the renovation cost a lot? Absolutely. Regardless of that, we have a beautiful civic building that will be used by government and citizens. The recent open house is just the beginning. We will continue to hold meetings, forums, and summits at our city hall. City hall will become a place of the “citizen’s voice.”

    For the past two and a half years, we have worked hard to give government back to the people. At the end of the day, if we can use city hall to continue along that course, giving government back to the people in Meridian, then it will have been worth every penny we spent.

Cheri Barry

Mayor, City of Meridian

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