By Amanda McBride
The Choctaw Plaindealer
The Ackerman Board of Aldermen adopted a new or updated Noise Ordinance in their June 5 board meeting. The ordinance prohibits loud, disturbing and unnecessary noises within the Town of Ackerman. The changes to the ordinance are on the penalties.
Under the new ordinance penalties are: First offense-a fine of not greater thanthanone$100, and/or imprisoned for no more than 30 days in jail, Second Offense-a fine of not greater than $250 and/or imprisoned for no more than 60 days in jail and Third and subsequent offense-a fine of not greater than $500 and/or imprisoned for no more than 90 days in jail.
The aldermen also had a short discussion on the condition of the Ackerman Police Department police cars and the mechanical problems they have recently had. They approved to purchase a 2012 Dodge Charger pursuit vehicle with equipment for $26, 813 for the APD.
Mayor Dick Cain said the purchase of the new police car is not in the budget but the Town does have the funds available.
The board discussed possibly hiring a mechanic to repair larger problems on the Town’s vehicles. Cain suggested hiring Hal Lawrence for $35 per hour. He said Lawrence would use his own tools but use the Town’s shop to do the mechanic work.
The aldermen were concerned about nepotism laws since Lawrence is Cain’s step-son.
“I don’t see how my grandson can’t work for the town, how your step son can,” said Aldermen George Rooks.
Aldermen Dale Reid said he would like a written letter from the Attorney General, Ethics Commission and the state auditor stating the board would not be in any violation hiring Lawrence as a mechanic, as needed.
Cain informed the board that Charles Salley, owner of Pap’s Place, has complained about the APD giving tickets to his customers that make a left hand turn on Main Street. He said Salley complained that the tickets were driving his out of town business away.
Police Chief Tanya Burton said she was talked with Salley and explained that it is illegal to make a left hand turn on Main Street in Ackerman.
The board agreed to have the maintenance department to trim the trees on Main Street so the signs about the illegal left hand turns can be seen without any problems.
The Ackerman Board of Aldermen also approved:
To purchase a lawnmower for $8,824 to replace the one that broke.
To change the mileage rate from 51 cents to 55 cents.
Barney Phelps, Dick Cain and George Rooks as voting delegates for the Mississippi Municipal League.
To hire Blaine Adams and John Scott as firemen for the Ackerman Fire Department.
Aldermen Willie Miller was absent from this meeting. The next regularly scheduled board meeting is July 3 at 6 p.m. in the board room at Town Hall.