Meeting:



Council of Governments meeting; where representatives of different departments in city, county, and state government meet to discuss issues. These meetings are not open to public attendance. The meeting was held Jan. 14.



What Happened:



• Lauderdale County District 3 Supervisor Craig Hitt said there may be a hike in sanitation fees for county residents, saying that "something has to be done" about the sanitation issue. He also said the question of whether to continue with the use of brown-boxes or implement a roadside pickup system will likely be addressed by the board of supervisors in the near future.

• County supervisors Hitt and Joe Norwood, District 4, announced the creation of a new Web site for the county, www.lauderdalecounty.org, in which county residents can go online to more easily renew their car tags and pay their real property taxes, among other things. The Web site also has a poll asking county residents whether they would prefer roadside garbage pick-up to the current brown-box system.

• City of Meridian Chief Administrative Officer Ken Storms and Ward 2 councilwoman Mary Perry gave an update on Meridian Crossroads, saying that construction on Olive Garden and Chili's should be completed soon, but that construction on a new Starbucks has yet to begin. "We don't know what the hold up is on Starbucks," said Storms. Also, a ribbon-cutting for the new Books-a-million location in Meridian Crossroads was announced for Jan. 25.

• Storms said the demolition phase of the Threefoot project should begin in about three months.

• Norwood said the county would consider the city's request to assist in re-paving within the city limits.

• Hitt complained to State Rep. Greg Snowden, R-Meridian who represents the 83rd District, about problems with bureaucracy on the state level. He said that the county purchased a sign for the Lauderdale County Agri-center about two years ago and has not been able to put it up because they have not yet received the required permission from the Mississippi Department of Transportation.



— Jennifer Jacob, jjacob@themeridianstar.com

React to this story:

0
0
0
0
0