State flag will continue to fly over Ackerman

By Chuck Bailey
The Choctaw Plaindealer

The Ackerman Board of Aldermen attended to some old business from their September 1, 2015 meeting during the Monday, October 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the Ackerman Town Hall.

During that meeting the Board heard from residents calling for the removal of the Mississippi state flag from the town’s public buildings. About 20 to 30 concerned citizens attended that meeting. Don McCoy, representing the NAACP, spoke about the reasons the Mississippi flag should come down. The Board then agreed to take the matter under advisement until their October 6, 2015 meeting.
When Aldermen met on October 6, 2015 the Mayor, City Clerk and all Aldermen were present as well as 13 concerned citizens.
When asked by Mayor Dick Cain if anyone would like to be recognized before the Board made a decision about the state flag, Don McCoy said, “We just want to see what action this board is going to take. ”
At that point a motion was made by Alderman at Large, Carl “Burney” Phelps, for the City of Ackerman to continue to fly the Mississippi state flag over it’s public buildings until a decision is made by the State of Mississippi. Ward 2 Alderman, Tommy Curtis, seconded the motion. The Board then voted 4-1 for the motion. Ward 1 Alderman, John Shumaker, voted against the measure.
In other business, a public hearing was set to discuss the property owned by B.J. and Angie Fleming at 88 South Commerce Street. No action was taken.
Ward 4 Alderman, Billy Ganann, made a motion to advertise in the local newspaper the city of Ackerman’s property on Davis Street for sale. The board agreed unanimously.
No action was taken on the Wragg Property on Conner Street that was set for a public hearing.
The following new business was unanimously approved.
• Alderman Curtis made the following motions; to credit the delinquent water and sewer accounts receivable, to delete fixed assets for fiscal year 2014 through 2015 and to approve Ackerman Municipal Court Clerk and Deputy Clerk, Tonya Woods, certificate of attendance for court clerk training to be placed in the minutes.
• Alderman Shumaker made a motion to allocate $400 for Christmas Holiday Open House.
• Ward 3 Alderman, George Rooks, made a motion to approve the travel expenses for Police Chief, Kevin Starks and City Clerk, Debbie Boley to attend the Mississippi Office of Highway Safety Grant Writing Session, Wednesday, October 21st in Ridgeland.
The board adjourned and agreed to meet at 5:30 p.m. November 2, 2015 at the Ackerman Town Hall. The public is invited to attend.