BY JOE B. COATES
Wesson aldermen approved a 15 year franchise deal with Cable One, based in Brookhaven, as the town’s cable television provider by a vote of 4-0 during the board’s regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 6. Lura Greer, was not present at the meeting as she has been battling an illness.
Cable One has been constructing a whole new system in Wesson that will have internet capability. The new system replaces the old one that was owned by former cable provider Bailey Cable. Cable One will also service Co-Lin. The new provider is accepting orders at its Brookhaven office.
In other matters, the board passed a resolution to apply for a Wildlife and Trail Grant from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. The $100,000 grant will be utilized to construct a walking trail that connects Wesson with Co-Lin. The matching grant will require Wesson to put up 20%, or $25,000.
The board reviewed the protocol for municipal elections, which will take place on Tuesday, June 2. The deadline for qualifying for the races for all aldermen positions and for mayor is Friday, March 6 at 5 p.m. To qualify for the race for any of the alderman position, potential candidates need to file a petition with the town clerk with at least 15 signatures from residents in the candidate’s respective ward in Wards 1, 2, 3 and 4. To qualify as a candidate in the race for mayor or for the alderman-at-large position, at least 50 signatures are needed on the candidate’s petition. For more information, contact the town clerk.
On a related matter, the new ward lines as per the 2007 annexation have been submitted to the Justice Department for their approval. Additionally, those residents who wish to vote in the June 2 elections and who are currently unregistered must register by Saturday, May 2.
The board also awarded two projects from the CDBG grant from 2008. The drainage ditch project near the high school was awarded to Greenbriar Construction, while the lift station project was awarded to Triangle Construction. The two projects will begin as soon as possible.
In housekeeping matters, the board put their final approval on changing their meeting time from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. beginning on Tuesday, February 3. Claims from December were approved and minutes from the December 2 meeting were approved as submitted, both by votes of 4-0.