AMORY – During its June 4 meeting, the board of aldermen granted permission, per city ordinance 1446, for a fireworks show June 29 ahead of Fourth of July.
According to Amory Parks and Recreation Department event planner Derrick Maranto, activities are set to get underway at 6 p.m. behind East Amory Community Center, which will also include inflatable jumpers for the children, food trucks and music.
In a related matter, the board approved to observe July 4 and 5 as the Independence Day holiday. Gov. Phil Bryant issued a resolution declaring July 5 to be included as a state holiday.
In other business, Amory Community Garden President Sis. Mary Fellerhoff solicited the city’s continued annual sponsorship. She deferred further comment to caretaker Ray Jones who brought along the yard sign previously paid for with city funds. The aldermen renewed their support on the garden property for this year.
“The crops are good this year,” Jones said. “It does a service for the community.”
The Amory Community Garden is located alongside Legion Drive.
In other business, Peggy Wilkerson, a former Ward 4 alderwoman, raised her concerns about flooding issues in her backyard since a driveway was installed.
Public works foreman Patrick Holloway gave an update on the situation and assured Wilkerson and the board the issue is being addressed.
“It’s a work in progress,” he said.
Ward 4 Alderman Glen Bingham said he visited the site twice and will return for follow-up inspection to evaluate Wilkerson’s concerns.
Aldermen approved requests from United Furniture Industries for 10-year ad valorem tax exemptions for expansions built at their Park Hill and lumber yard facilities.
City attorney Sam Griffie presented the new law enforcement services agreement for the upcoming school year for authorized signatures. A grant for equipment and training of school resource officers was added for the new school year.
“The main addition to the agreement is that the school district agrees to apply each year for the Mississippi Community Oriented Policing Services in Schools [MCOPS] Grant in order to assist with the costs of equipment for the officers, safety equipment for the schools and safety-related training costs for the officers,” Griffie said. “We’re trying to keep costs as low as possible for everybody.”