Ackerman Aldermen discuss Gaston St. property

By Amanda McBride The Choctaw Plaindealer

At the beginning of the April 3 Ackerman Board of Aldermen meeting, Mayor Dick Cain announced that Spurgeon Moss withdrew his request for an exception on his Gaston Street property. Before the withdrawal, the board planned on voting on the request in this meeting. The Town held a public hearing on Moss’ request on March 14 where residents of Gaston and Mabus Streets showed opposition to the request and possible construction of housing development by Hughes Construction. In the April 3 meeting, Toby Sanford with the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District presented the proposed Town of Ackerman’s redistricting plan to the board. Ackerman is not required to redistrict since they are under the 10 percent threshold after the 2010 Census. Sanford moved two ward lines, affecting no citizens, to make cleaner ward lines. The board approved to set a public hearing on April 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the board room at Town Hall. Mayor Dick Cain said that Oakwood Apartments will be applying for a grant to refurbish the apartments and is asking for the Town to write a letter for support. After a short discussion, the board approved to write a letter of support for the approximate $2 million project. Also in the meeting, Cain informed the Board of Aldermen that the Town is out of compliance on their drinking water because the Department of Health failed to conduct one certain test. He said this happened state wide and is at no fault of the town. The MDH will conduct the required test soon. In department head reports, Ackerman Fire Chief Carroll Mewbourn said the Mississippi Rating Bureau re-certified the Town as Class 8 and the fire truck is certified until 2017. Mewbourn added that the fire department’s air packs still do not comply with required standards and he is working on prices for new or refurbished ones. The Ackerman Board of Aldermen also approved: To hire Woody Samples and Associates as sales administrator for the proposed CDBG grant. To hire Stanley Spradling as engineer for the proposed CDBG grant. To advertise for a public hearing for the Proposed 2012 CDBG Project. Payment plan for Maria Epigmenio Garcia for $900 damages at the water plant on West Cherry Street. Recognized certification of attendance for Tonya at the Court Clerk Spring Training. Travel for Dick Cain to the Mayor’s Conference in Jackson on April 12. Travel for Tanya Burton to the MS 2012 Chief of Police Summer Educational Conference in Biloxi on June 17-21. To use Fuelman cards for the Town of Ackerman after a short discussion.