City to require permit for signs

The Hazlehurst Board of Aldermen adopted a new policy for sign permits. New businesses putting up signs, or old businesses replacing signs, will be required to get a permit from the city. The policy is based on that of the city of Natchez, city officials reported.

In other business, the board approved amendments to the water and sewer ordinance.

November has been proclaimed Hospice Month.

A clean-up letter for the old Cawthorn building was authorized and a public hearing set for the first Tuesday in December.

The board was notified that the date has changed for the Heritage House event. It will be held on December 10.

The mayor was authorized to sign an agreement with engineers Williford, Gearhart and Knight.

Transfers between funds were authorized, under the stipulation that when the funds are transferred back to the reserve fund the matter will be brought back before the board so they will know the funds have been replaced.

A 1994 Toyota was declared surplus and will be sold at auction at the police chief’s request.

An engineering firm requested a variance for the development of a filling station on Highway 28 on the lot in front of the old Walmart building. The plans do not meet the required 20 foot setback at the rear, the engineers explained. The board granted the variance.

Larry Valliere was hired as part time fire fighter.

A fire fighter was removed from the full time roster on a 4-1 vote with Alderman Jones voting nay.

Alderman McMillian was authorized to attend a conference at his own expense with the city to reimburse him if funds become available. Alderman Pickering voted no.

Claims were approved on a 4-1 vote with Pickering voting no.

The board adjourned for the month.

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